First Leaves

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First Leaves

Forgot to post this one from awhile back. This past spring, I would see these later blooming trees that when it rained, had almost black trunks and limbs high contrasted against the vibrant color from the blooms.

I shot a whole bunch of these trees whenever I could, but this one was the only one where I came remotely close to capturing the beauty and contrast. The wind was blowing hard enough to make the capture difficult. I cranked the aperture to 2.8, the widest on the lens, and still only got 1/400 of second shutter speed. The lens was all the way to 200mm. I wanted to get those tiny leaves in focus and bokeh the rest. You can see the wind moving the tree in the left vertical branch and the larger yellow-orange leaf on the left just under the midline.

I don’t know why I haven’t shared this one earlier, but there you go.

Daily affirmation: Execute on your vision. Failure is fine. Just execute.