Flora and Fauna



Calendula: 30 September 2014, 4:24 PM: Thornton, Idaho; 82mm; f5.6; 1/125; Nikon D5000; Other: tripod, halogen light

Calendula: 30 September 2014, 4:24 PM: Lyman, Idaho; 82mm; f5.6; 1/125; ISO 400; Nikon D5000; Other: tripod, halogen light

I picked this calendula from my garden and brought it into the house to shoot it in natural light from a south-facing window. However, the sky was so dark and gray from the storm that I was not able to use the natural light to my advantage. I brought in a 65 watt halogen lamp for a little more light. I used white fabric for a backdrop and placed the flower in a vase. I don’t have a macro lens, but I wanted a macro feel, so I focused manually and placed the lens about 12 inches from the target. The photo is cropped for a macro appearance.

Stem Drop


Stem Drop: 30 September 2014, 2:48 PM; Lyman, Idaho; 300mm; f/11; 1/1000; ISO 100; Nikon D5000; Other: tripod, 65 watt halogen lamp, 2011 Toyota Venza headlight beam set to bright.

I had a “bright” idea. I needed more light for my flora and fauna shoot, and since I don’t yet have the light equipment I need, I improvised with the brightest halogen light I could find – my car’s headlights. This is a leaf still attached to the branch, and is shot from the stem’s perspective. I added a few drops of water for effect. Again, I was going for a macro appearance (without a macro lens). I covered the headlight with my white vellum fabric, and set the small branch on an empty white plastic ice cream pail. I placed the  lens as close as I could and focused manually.  I did a post crop for a macro effect.

Tip: If you use headlights as a light source make sure the engine is running to avoid draining the battery. Lesson learned!

Bonus Floras:

Streaks in my Hair


Streaks in my Hair: 29 September 2014, 4:45 PM; Rexburg, ID; 65mm; f/8; 1/40; ISO 800; Nikon D5000

I call this Streaks in My Hair because it reminds me of when my daughter was 15, and used to add red streaks to her long blonde hair. I’d only allow a couple of small red streaks on each side, just like this tiny plant has. This was taken at the BYU-Idaho Terrarium. I balanced my camera against a large tree for stability. Post production edits include increasing the golds and decreasing the vibrance in Photoshop.

Lazy Daizy


Lazy Daizy: 27 September 2014, 6:43 PM; Rexburg, Idaho; 65mm; f/5.3; 1/30; ISO 800; Nikon D5000

This was taken in the BYU-Idaho gardens at one of the fountains. I picked a lavender colored daisy and set it to float. Post production edits include color correction and cropping in Lightroom.


What a Rack


What a Rack: 27 September 2014, 5:55 PM; Cedar Point, Idaho; 300mm; f/5.6; 1/40; ISO 800; Nikon D5000

There’s an Elk farm about a mile from my home. I shot this through the large opening in the wire fence, which also served as a stabilizer for the shot. Post production: straightened, increased the vibrance and contrast, adjusted the curves, and reduced blue hue using Photoshop.



Ladybug: 27 September 2014, 6:25 PM; Rexburg, ID; 270mm; f/5.6; 1/60; ISO 800; Nikon D5000

This insect which resembles a ladybug was captured on a faun statue in the gardens at BYU-Idaho. I was practicing trying to get a macro shot without using a macro lens. I held my elbows close to my body to try to stabilize the camera shake. This little bug never stopped so I was pleased when I was able to capture this shot. I have cropped it, changed the orientation, and used the adjustment brush tool in Lightroom to lighten the shadow on the bug’s right back side, which was in shadow.

Bonus Faunas

Butt Out


Butt Out: 27 September 2014, 5:17 PM; Lyman, Idaho; 300mm; f/5.6; 1/250; ISO 1000; Nikon D5000

I learned from this shoot that sheep don’t like their photograph taken. I was careful to sneak up on this herd, but as soon as one of them saw me they all ran off in a frenzy and remained with their back ends towards me. I can take a hint. Post edits include slight cropping and decreased saturation in Photoshop.



14-4: 27 September 2014, 5:50 PM; Cedar Point, ID; 86mm; f/5.6; 1/50; ISO 800; Nikon D5000

I’m not super in love with the composition, but I am in love with this baby elk, so here it goes on my bonus shots section. I have increased the contrast and vibrance, and added gold tones to the grass in Photoshop.

7 thoughts on “Flora and Fauna

  1. Wow!! I loved every one of your photos. They were each quality picks. I especially loved the one of the stem that you said you used your car lights for light! Brilliant and it looks gorgeous.

  2. The quality of your photos are amazing. The sharpness and focus are incredible. I don’t know how they picked just one favorite out of yours because they’re all so good. Where did you find the animals?
    I loved that you put the sheep in black and white. The titles of your images are very clever, too. Just an overall great job Bridgette!

  3. Bridgette! Your photos are beautiful. I am very impressed with the way you present them as well. Very professional and thorough with your descriptions. Did you change the code on your wordpress site? Or is it a theme? However it’s been done, great job! Your photos all seem professional because of what the subjects are. Your pictures are in no way usual. They’re all unique in some way. I really love your work.

  4. Bridget, these are amazing! How long have you been taking photos? I LOVE your flower shots – your attention to detail and light paid off. Your elk shots are fabulous – the composition on your bull elk shot is awesome. I really like the floating flower shot as well!

    • It seems like you are getting a lot of traffic and I can see why! Your images are so good! I am really impressed 🙂 You have a lot of experience and are creative even though you don’t think you are 🙂 good work though! For reals! You did a great job at getting a picture of a daisy in the water. I tried doing that but it didn’t work out like I wanted it too. Great job once again. You nailed it!

  5. Wow! i liked these pics! especially that first flower one. You have done an excellent job at focusing on the foreground and making the focus very crisp and clear. The content of the images are very interesting and the composition is great, it is original and its clear that you are not copying anyone else s style. nice work!

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