I was at Courthouse Square in downtown for 1st Friday, getting ready to cover “Pride & Prejudice’s” activities that night, when I came across this Flowering Dogwood tree in the square. I’ve always loved Flowering Dogwoods and think they may be the most lovely of all the flowering trees.
I shot these with the E-M5 + Leica 25mm at ISO 200 & f/1.6 in manual mode. I can’t claim a lot of deep thought during the process; it was more a matter of moving around the tree and framing different compositions depending on the mix of blossoms, light, and shadow. It definitely helped that I was shooting around 7pm, when the city was already mostly in open shade. The courthouse behind the tree had some direct light on it, but most of the dogwood was evenly balanced in the shade.
Plus there was the added perk of having my brother with me and proving him wrong; he’s a wildlife major in college and has completed two years of courses, many of which focus on learning to identify pretty much everything in nature. When I identified it as a Flowering Dogwood, he disagreed. But a quick check online via my phone proved me right. Victory is sweet!