This is a shot of Fireweed growing after a wildfire in Canada’s beautiful Kootenay National Park. Fireweed gets its name from the fact that it is often one of the first plants to appear after a fire. I wanted to capture the brilliant magenta color of the flowers, and also show the burned wood and the surrounding landscape. In order to keep the image from getting too complicated, I chose a wide aperture which would create a shallow depth of field. The background is blurred, so your eye is directed toward the flower in the foreground and the blackened tree trunk.

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