After several sleepless nights because of my newborn baby, I was able to get out just in time to photograph these flowering Dogwood. This Missouri state tree has such elegant flowers that I always wanted to produce good images of them.
I found that the Lake of the Ozark State Park located in Osage Beach always has a show of flowering Dogwood during springtime. I arrived at the location well before sunrise and searched for a potential area, because I like to “really” spend time studying my subject to better understand it. Normally, I would prefer to photograph flowers, especially white flowers like Dogwood, in overcast condition, but I decided to break my rule.
I took this image at sunrise with a 70-200mm lens set a zoom at 150mm. I framed it very carefully and waited until the light hit the top of the tree.
After that I decided to try with a 600mm super telephoto lens (another 14 pounds to carry) to isolate the subject from the background.
This image was taken with my 17-40mm wide angle at 28mm. I laid on my back pointing my lens straight up to the flowers with clear blue sky as the background.