Snow trillium is the earliest and smallest of the genus in North America. It can be found in mid-March but is more likely early April. Plants are seldom taller than 9cm.
The species is Endangered in several eastern states and rare in others.
The photo was taken in situ.
To avoid damage to the wildflowers’ immediate area, I always select small subjects, such as this, next to well-worn trails or areas naturally devoid of vegetation. That way, I can lie prone to compose and focus.
The background is a small lightbox housing a Nikon Speedlight. Two small speedlights provide frontal light. All speedlights are in manual mode, with their output adjusted by a wireless controller on the camera hot shoe.
Another beauty. Quite an effective process to capture these wildflowers. Unfortunately I wouldn’t be able to get back up off the ground!
Patricia, I know the feeling. The other thing that often happens is concern from other people if they come across me along the trail.
I photograph along a popular western PA bike trail in one of the PA State Parks. I try to lay on the edge of the path to avoid bicycle traffic. Numerous bikers and walkers will stop and ask if I’m OK.
I thank them for their thoughtfulness and concern and assure them I will be capable of getting back up sooner or later.
When there is a subject that isn’t along a trail, I use the same lightbox and flash units. However, I put the camera on a bean bag. I can link to the camera with my phone and be able to see a live image. That allows for focus and composition while still standing.
The bending is complex, but once the camera is positioned, I can trigger it from the phone. An iPad is even better. The live view is more prominent, and I can focus more accurately.
When off-trail, I follow a three-point rule.
Only three body parts can touch the ground. Usually, it’s two feet, but sometimes an elbow gets added. No sitting!
I managed natural areas at one time and saw the horrible damage photographers can do by lying on the ground photographing flowers.
Maybe there should be a topic in the Discussions that enunciates a set of standards for sustainably photographing wildflowers.
Enjoying your style in this series Paul - really makes the subject the focal point and enhances the beauty found there!
Thank you, Dan. I appreciate the compliment.