Nature Photography Tips 20 and 21

Although the eye and brain attempt to neutralize the perceived color of light, your brain and eye can still sense the difference between the light of a cool shaded forest and the warm tones of sunset on the beach. Cameras don’t have this power or sensitivity; at least not yet.

Today’s digital cameras think that average daylight is somewhere between 5500° and 6000° Kelvin. Years ago I read that this value was a measurement of sunlight at high noon on the Summer Solstice as it occurs in Washington, D.C. This could be folklore, but it sounds nice!

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Mystery Wildflower of the Day

I spotted these wildflowers a couple of days ago while running in the woods near my home in the Boston area. Today I returned to the forest with a Nikon, a 30 inch reflective umbrella, an SB-800 Speedlight and a coiled flash extension cord. I could not have made the shot at f13 in the windy dark forest without the strobe. The only trouble is, I can’t identify the flower. Can you? It could be an invasive, which would explain why I can’t find it in my field guides.

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