The daffodils at Gibbs Gardens started blooming much earlier than normal this season but there are still some late bloomers to enjoy. This grouping was just too beautiful to ignore especially with an azalea bush right behind it.
I had to play with settings a bit on this image to get the focus sharp just on the front grouping and have the grouping behind them blur out into the distance. I opened the aperture up to f10 to get a shallower depth of field. This gave more separation so that the first few blossoms are the focal point and the others blend into the distance and give a nice backdrop.
I have gotten into the practice of using a very small (f22) lens opening with macro shots because the depth of field usually is quite small when you get in really close. For this one, I didn’t really want the whole of the group competing for attention so, I opened it up and I like the final effect.
Ball Ground, Georgia
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Nikon 105mm f/2.8 AF Micro-Nikkor
105mm @ f/10 – 1/500 sec – ISO 400