Bleeding hearts

Bleeding hearts.

I enjoy shooting spring flowers, especially bleeding hearts, or Lamprocapnos spectabilis. A member of the poppy family, bleeding hearts fascinate me. Their shape has intrigued me since the first time I saw them.

Those of you who have turned them upside down and pulled apart the fuchsia petals might know the common name “lady-in-a-bath.” I think they look a bit like a kneeling praying mantis, but there are probably several images they resemble.

Many nature photographers think flowers are to be photographed on cloudy or overcast days. Personally, I like the backlit sunshine falling on part of the petals. So don’t let that hold you back from making images of flowers when the sun is shining.

THE METHOD: Shot with a Nikon D4S body and a 105 mm micro lens set at f-8. The ISO was 400, with a shutter speed of 1/500 of a second. A RAW image was turned into a jpeg and processed in Photoshop.

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