It's another beautiful Friday of spring. We're enjoying this warm weather for sure. But, because it's Friday, it's also time for something special to show up in your feed. It's time to check out Cramer Imaging's featured "Photo of the Week" for this week. This time, we've chosen a dandelion puff to talk about today.
Dandelion puffs, or ripened Seeds, are common in macro photography circles. I might go so far as to say they are a staple of that photography genre. I felt that I needed to have my own variety one spring. The problem was getting a day where I could.
That spring had been nothing but cold, wind, and rain. It kept ripping apart the seeds of the dandelions and scattering them into the lawn. It was either that or it was so wet that the seeds hung down in a droopy sort of way which I didn't find photogenic at all. I kept waiting for the right day.
When the day arrived, I started searching the wide variety of dandelions looking for the untouched puff which still had all its seeds intact. Thanks to the rain the day before, it was a little bit of a search for me. When I spotted this one, I knew that I had a winner so I went and got my camera.
I wanted the background out of focus with a soft bokeh so I knew I had to open up my aperture on my macro lens in order to get the proper depth of field. I also knew that I had to fight the wind to get the shot. This is still Idaho after all. It's windy most of the time. When the gusts let up, I started shooting pictures. What came out of it all was this soft photo of a dandelion ready to shed its seeds into the grassy lawn surrounding it.