Posted by Don Smith (California, United States) on 25 May 2009 in Landscape & Rural.

Springtime in Yosemite Valley means rebirth and reawakening from winter's grip. Dogwood blossoms are a favorite subject of thousands of photographers each year and I am no exception.

Today's image, though not unique, is nonetheless my take on this often photographed subject. Late afternoon reflective light in the Merced River provided a colorful background. A medium telephoto and a slow shutter rendered the background a soft pastel and non-distracting. When shooting dogwood, calm air is a necessity as long shutter speeds are required. Sometimes, small updrafts generated from the moving water can play havoc with focus.

I just kept moving along the river's bank until I found this protected spot. Moving into position to isolate these blossoms also required some work, but fortunately it was worth the effort. I used my 70-200mmL with a B+W polarizer and just tried to time the stillness of the branch. Many times with landscape photography, simplicity is a powerful tool, as the old acronym (KISS) states: "Keep It Simple Stupid!"

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Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III
3/10 second
ISO 100
130 mm

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