I saw a post on Facebook from a friend showing that the Calypso Orchids (aka Fairy Slippers) are arriving! This is a photogenic flower for anyone interested in some macro shots.
A great location to find this flower is near the Cow Creek Trailhead on the North Boundary Trail in Colorado. The trail climbs up and over a ridge toward West Creek. On the north side of the ridge descending to the creek is the best location I have found to find the Calypso Orchids. The hiking group I was with counted over 300 a few years ago.
Calypso Orchid location along the North Creek Trail.
The stylus in this photo is pointing to the stretch of trail where the best viewing is of the flower.
Wow, where has the last month gone? It has been busy with numerous photography projects along with the Fourth of July and relatives visiting for the summer. I have managed to take my DSLR out for a few of my first portrait sessions.
I am still learning the art of flash photography. It is tricky, but I am actually enjoying the results. The macro ring-lite has been out for a few flower sessions, including some: Pasques, Wild Iris and Calypso Orchid pictures. I also used my reflector/diffuser kit for some of the Calypso Orchid pictures to soften the harsh sunlight.
As I mentioned, I did my first family portrait session during the last weekend of June. I used my flash to fill in some of the shadows on faces and to give a little bit of a catch light in the eyes. I definitely learned a lot and enjoyed the challenge. I can see things to improve upon or do differently next time I have a portrait session request. However, I am really pleased with the results!
My sister came to visit for the Fourth of July, and I did a few portraits for her using the fill flash, also. There again, I see things to improve upon, but am happy with the results.
I made a comment, to my sister, that it is actually nice to have the iPhone with its built in camera. It is great for taking the fun, silly and more casual documentary pictures! I felt more freedom and relaxation using the iPhone than when using the DSLR. I think I put pressure on myself to get a quality photo when I carry the DSLR around. I don’t see it as a tool to be fun with. It really does “intimidate” people to see that kind of equipment [the DSLR] and that makes me feel like I need to be more professional with it.
I had another great break through with the iPhone earlier this month. I have been using the Eye-Fi card in my camera for some time now. It automatically sends photos to another device over a wi-fi connection which I have been using as a way to back up photos. I was having some difficulty syncing the Eye-Fi card with my iPhone until I figured out what was causing the glitch. The Eye-Fi card was trying to send photos to my iMac over a different network. This was taking priority over the direct mode network required to connect to the iPhone. Once I turned off the network connection to my iMac, the photos then synced over the direct mode connections to my iPhone. How is this a big deal? Now I can instantly show clients pictures of photos on my iPhone without having to awkwardly show them on the back screen LCD of my camera! I also downloaded the Adobe Lightroom Mobile App, which means that I can do some minor tweaking to photos right on scene.
It has been a busy, but enjoyable month! I will try to post again, soon.