Natural landscapes: before the opening


Every morning I walked past this beautiful flower on my way to the garage to get into my car and drive to work. I knew it would make a good photograph, but I had a limited time because I knew the best composition would be *before* it fully blossomed.
One morning, I came outside after an overnight rain, saw the tulip covered in drops and knew the moment arrived. Went back inside, hauled out my old Nikon D50 (since replaced by a D7100) & tripod and used an 80-200 mm. zoom lens (also retired) at the most wide-open F-stop in order to keep the background thoroughly out of focus.

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