Today I was out in my yard and noticed that our recent rain brought on a bumper crop of Lady Slipper... right in my front yard. It's my first spring in a new home and there are things sprouting up all over the place, but this was a really nice surprise. They are beautiful and I love the fleeting nature of Lady Slippers. I also have really nice memories of wandering hunting for them in Shelburne, NH with my Mom when I was as kid.
I was itching to make a few photographs, but I heard the cynic's voice in my head... "you realize there will be Lady Slipper photographs from every photographer you know all over the Internet". It almost kept me from hitting the shutter, but I had an idea to make these photos a little different.
After supper tonight, the flowers were well shaded and I decided that these Lady Slippers were getting studio lighting! For the gear geeks in the house, that was a Manfrotto 001b stand, Westcott 43" umbrella and a Nikon SB-910 speedlight. The light was fired wirelessly from the camera with Nikon CLS with a 1/2 CTO gel on the flash to warm the light a little bit and we were in business. The Lady Slippers had their studio call! I should also mention that I post processed these very similarly to how I might process an image from a shoot with a model... I took some saturation out, went easy on the contrast and everyone looks better framed in a vignette.
An interesting background on this one... my wheelbarrow happened to be leaning against a tree in the shot.