Sycamore Bud

Sycamore Bud

Sycamore Bud

SYCAMORE BUD (Acer pseudoplatanus)

My local woodland was responding to the increase in air and soil temperature by producing buds and green shoots in abundance, so I decided to illustrate the season of Spring by capturing this otherwise unnoticed process of a sycamore bud in the very early stage of producing a new set of leaves. This bud was one of several on the same tree that were in different stages of development. Some buds had developed a full set of mauvey-coloured leaves, while others were just about to open and reveal their tightly folded virgin leaves and cluster of green flowers; I chose a bud that was about half-way between those two stages An aperture of f11 gave me a decent depth of field whilst at the same time rendering the background out of focus. I employed some diffused light form from a small torch to give some gentle extra frontal lighting to the subject. I also used a Wimberly plant clamp to hold the twig containing the bud steady in the gusty wind. Local woodland, Norfolk, England. 1st April, 2011

Sony A700; Sony/Zeiss 18-80mm lens with polarising filter; 1/6 at f11; ISO 100; manual focus; self-timer; diffused frontal lighting using torch; plant clamp; tripod with fluid head.
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Date:
01/04/11
Location:
Local woodlnad
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