Catkins

Catkins

Catkins

KILMARNOCK WILLOW CATKINS

A Kilmarnock Willow in my front garden had produced many more catkins than usual this year and I had dozens to choose from when considering a close-up photograph of them. But I wanted a dark background in order to isolate the delicate stamens with their oval heads containing masses of yellow pollen. This meant that I was restricted to just a few of the catkins, not in the sunlight, and with a dark fence for my background. Some of the catkins were about 60mm x 35mm in size, so for a close-up photo I knew that I would never achieve sharp focus throughout and choosing a small aperture gave me the maximum chance to have the greatest depth of field. It was also very important to sure that the camera back was parallel to the axis of the catkins. Sony A700; Sony Zeiss 18-80mm lens at 80mm; f16 @1/10sec; manual focus; ISO 100; IS on; tripod with fluid head. My garden, Norfolk. 23rd March 2011.
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Date:
23/03/11
Location:
My garden
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