Shooting wattle, the quintessential symbol of Australia, is always an interesting experience. The tiny individual blooms are only about a centimetre in diameter and are very delicate in structure, almost like golden snowflakes.
Yes, you need a bit of light – but wattle is the last subject you should photograph in a brisk breeze, because the branches dance around constantly.
I shot this wattle two weeks ago, in a very strong breeze and while the close-up results were fairly gratifying, this is the shot I really like, because it shows just how graceful the miniature, curved leaves are.
Each frond is only about an inch in length, or roughly 2.5 centimetres. I had to kneel low to get this shot from the right angle, but this is really the contrast I was trying to achieve.
I do not crop, enhance or post-edit my work in any way. Shot with a Pentax K100D, using a Sigma 18-125mm lens. F8, 1/90 sec, ISO 400, 125mm.
Featured in ALPHABET SOUP, August 2009.
Featured in AUSTRALIAN TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY, January 2010.