A Fern in the Making

Here is a photograph of a fresh, young fern trying to make its way in the world. We found lots of these just beginning to open on our last trip to Olympic National Park.

Outdoor plant photography is best when there is no wind…and we got lucky on this day. I used a giant skunk cabbage leaf to create a soft, non-distracting background. A wide aperture meant I could make the most of the low light in the rain forest – and also blur out the background. Notice that I used a green background to highlight the feeling of “freshness” in the image. I also made sure that the plane of the fern was parallel to the camera in order to make the most of the narrow depth of field.

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