Calendar Photo of the Month- March 2015

Every year I put together a calendar of my favorite images of the year. I order a couple for me, and one for my friend Bill. This year, Bill asked for more information about each photo to give it some context. And thus was born a recurring series on this blog. Every month I’ll take the photo from that month’s calendar page and tell the story behind it.

This shot was a mistake.

I was hiking to Horsetooth Falls with my friend Dave, his son Walker, and my son Nate. Ever the dutiful photographer, I was carrying my heavy camera, a full-sized tripod, and an assortment of lenses and filters. A lot of weight for such a short hike, but the exercise is good for me, right?

Of course, when you carry all of this gear, you have to justify it by using it, so when I saw some flowers at the side of the trail when we stopped to grab a snack, I got out the gear to make it happen. I lined up the shot, and… managed to completely underexpose the image.

In Aperture, I managed to increase the exposure enough to make it look a little better.

I liked this shot a lot better, but still found the blurry green background to be a bit distracting. So I back to fiddling with sliders in Aperture until I achieved the black background you see on the original shot above.

Technical Details: Canon EOS 7D, Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM, 1/400 sec at f/4.0, ISO 100.