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Winter’s Bud

Winter's buds

Snow blows through the back of this photo just too fast for my sensor under this warm backlit afternoon lighting. This appears to be the winter remnants of a thistle, though that may be a misinformed guess. Firs and pines in the backdrop create an evergreen bokeh glow while more immediate tall grass warms up the lower portion of the composition.

This was my first day shooting with my 70-200 with a newly-acquired 2X teleconverter. Very excited about what’s to come! Though there is some softness, as reviews warn, this can be mostly corrected with a little sharpening, plus the 400mm range at 100% is inevitably more detailed than a 200mm cropped to 200%.

Nikon D800, Nikkor AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8 VRII, Nikkor TC-20E III
@ 280mm, f/5.6, 1/500s, ISO 400

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