I noticed this hellebore at Gibbs Gardens and thought it would make a great macro shot. I love the contrasting red and green colors and the distinctive shape of the center of the flower. It is always interesting to notice the plants that are not the big draw when walking through the gardens. While everyone else was looking at cherry blossoms and daffodils, there are these little beauties waiting on the sidelines to be noticed.
It is a reality that when you do these close-up shots, the small things like shapes, textures and colors are what really make the image pop. In this case, I feel like all the pieces were there even though this was a plant that most people just walked past without really seeing it. Looking for opportunities like this really make you open your eyes and not just pass things by. That’s one of my favorite benefits of being a photographer – noticing the things that many people miss!
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Nikon 105mm f/2.8 AF Micro-Nikkor
105mm @ f/13 – 1/80 sec – ISO 400