Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Tips to take great bluebonnet photos in North Texas this spring
Plus, where to find the state flower in North Texas.
Here are a few tips for those wanting to put their best blooms forward in family photos:
Pick your times (but not the bluebonnets): The warm, indirect light in the hour after sunrise and the hour before sunset tends to make for nice photos. At other times of day, you might want to look for a big block of shade for even lighting. Try to avoid any bright spots of light in the shade.
Watch out for your shadow: Even during nice outdoor lighting times, photographers should keep an eye out for their own shadows showing up in the image.
Keep an eye on your background: Try to leave your background uncluttered. Nice backgrounds might be a field with more bluebonnets or the sky. Not-so-nice backgrounds might include cars or unattractive buildings. Don’t hesitate to get close to your subject.
Think off-center: The rule of thirds says that when you’re composing visual images, you don’t want your subject to be smack dab in the middle. Experiment with having your subject off-center.
Follow the rules and have some fun: Be sure to follow any posted signs and use your common sense about road safety, insects and any other potential hazards. Leave the bluebonnets unscathed for everyone to enjoy. Make sure little ones are well fed and rested when you head out, and don’t be afraid to be silly.
- Ann Pinson
Here are some places where readers say they have spotted bluebonnets this year. There are fewer blooms than last year in many places, but there are still flowers to be found.
Arbor Hills Nature Preserve: 6701 W. Parker Road, Plano.
Bluebonnet Trail: In Plano, on the trail along Coit between Spring Creek and Legacy, across the street from Whataburger and Pappy’s Pet Lodge.
Cedar Hill State Park: 1570 W. FM1382, Cedar Hill.
Cedar Ridge Preserve: 7171 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas. audubondallas.org.
Hayes Park at Rosehill: 4646 S. Country Club Road, Garland.
Zion Cemetery: FM423 between U.S. Highway 380 and FM2934 (Eldorado Parkway), in Denton County just north of Little Elm. It’s north of the Sonic at 11951 FM423, Little Elm.
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