“Puff” – Wild Lettuce Seed Head
“In this delicate and unpredictable life, the future is unwritten. Do not take someone for granted today, for once tomorrow dawns upon the indigo night the only remaining trace will be tracks in the sand…”
― Virginia Alison
I’ve recently spend time capturing wildflowers and their domestic cousins in a series of photos with black backgrounds, including many which I’ve made using a portable background which allows me to make these photos in the wild. This technique, employed outdoors, can prove challenging, since it involves narrower aperture settings and longer exposures, without the use of a flash.
Indoor, studio work, is much more predictable and that is the route I chose for this delicate specimen. It would have been next to impossible to capture the fine details of the tufts without well controlled conditions. The seed head is the outcome of a blossom I had forgotten about, in a vase, which had gone to seed, leaving this wonderful puffy ball.
It’s a macro shot, so depth of field was a bit challenging, but a learning experience for me, nonetheless.
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD @ 200 mm (w manual tube extenders)
1/40 sec, f/2.8, ISO 200
High Resolution image on 500px: