Spring

by Alan Trammel

Nikon Z6 II + Tokina Opera 50mm f/1.4 FF@ ISO 200, 1/5000, f/1.4 with gold reflector.

Chilly mornings that give way to warm afternoons, sun rays that backlight tulips and daffodils, the unmistakable fragrance of lilacs and hyacinths, spring has arrived!

Spring is the season during which the natural world revives and reinvigorates after a cold dormant winter.   It is a great time to reinvigorate your passion for photography.

Nikon Z5 + Nikon AF-S 105mm f/1.4ED@ ISO 200, 1/160, f/1.8

Location: JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh, North Carolina.

Models:

Aquilla Reed: @kweenkweela

Pyrion Astorii: @beyond_the_depths

Flowers: Floral Dimensions Durham

Nikon Z5 + Nikon AF-S 105mm f/1.4ED@ ISO 100, 1/320, f/1.8

Gear:

  • Nikon Z6 II
  • Nikon Z5
  • Nikon FTZ 2 Adapter
  • Tamron SP 35mm f/1.4 Di USD
  • Tokina Opera 50mm f/1.4 FF
  • Nikon AF-S 105mm f/1.4E ED
  • Bowens 32″ Reflector Disc Gold/Silver

Nikon Z5 + Nikon AF-S 105mm f/1.4ED@ ISO 100, 1/320, f/1.4

A nationally acclaimed garden, the JC Raulston Arboretum has a large and diverse collection of plants that offer stunning settings and backdrops for photos.

Nikon Z5 + Nikon AF-S 105mm f/1.4ED@ ISO 100, 1/400, f/1.4

Nikon Z5 + Nikon AF-S 105mm f/1.4ED@ ISO 100, 1/500, f/1.8

Themed gardens with numerous structures, benches and walls offer great opportunities for shade and seated portraits.

Nikon Z5 + Nikon AF-S 105mm f/1.4ED@ ISO 100, 1/160, f/1.8
Nikon Z5 + Nikon AF-S 105mm f/1.4ED@ ISO 200, 1/400, f/1.4

Color Trials

The All-America Selections trial garden evaluates new bedding plants. The backlit yellow flowering plants combined with a gold reflector made for these stunning photos.

Nikon Z6 II + Tokina Opera 50mm f/1.4 FF@ ISO 200, 1/5000, f/1.4 with gold reflector.
Nikon Z6 II + Tokina Opera 50mm f/1.4 FF@ ISO 200, 1/5000, f/1.4 with gold reflector.

Nikon Z6 II + Tokina Opera 50mm f/1.4 FF@ ISO 200, 1/1600, f/2 with gold reflector.
Nikon Z6 II + Tokina Opera 50mm f/1.4 FF@ ISO 200, 1/5000, f/1.4 with gold reflector.

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