2010 looks like it might be a big year for wildflowers.
When you hit the trail with your camera, whether it’s to Organ Pipe National Monument or the Superstition Mountains, think small photographically. Start your day in the field by concentrating on medium shots or close-ups. The tendency of many people is to try to capture everything around them by going for wide expansive panoramas. Often this can be an overwhelming task simply because there is too much to take in visually.
Start by shooting details. Pick out a single flower or a small cluster. Since you’re shooting close-ups, try experimenting with your depth of field. Do you like more or less background in focus? What about the direction of light? Walk around your newfound subject. As you work these vignettes, you’ll begin to find your own visual rhythm. Your location will gradually become more familiar to you and you can begin to pull back to make panoramic shots with greater success.
— Jeff Kida, Photo Editor