Sometimes things just fall into place, despite our best efforts!
This is a totally unfiltered / non-photoshopped image of a mimosa tree in bloom from last year (2020) made with my cheap smartphone and hardly any thought went into composing the photo.
Why did it turn out well? Of course, it isn’t perfect, but for the amount of effort, the equipment and no post-processing, it was surprisingly good.
I think what makes it work is
1 – Being in the right place, compositionally speaking, without knowing it. Serendipity.
2 – The sun, not apparent in this photo, was going in and out of the cumulus clouds. At the shutter click, the pink blooms were particularly highlighted by bright light. This gave the photograph the optimal lighting at that instant.
I'm from Huntsville, Alabama where I work as a Software Engineer and part-time banjo instructor. My wife Miiko and I worship at Rivertree Downtown.
I've been playing various instruments since my teen years. I started mandolin and dulcimer at about age 17 and banjo at 20. I love just about all kinds of music. In terms of banjo styles, I play and teach Scruggs, melodic, clawhammer, and 2-finger styles.
I'm also very keen on theology, being a Trail Care Partner with the Land Trust of North Alabama, photography, urban planning, architecture, astronomy, ATM (amateur telescope making), birding, martial arts, and about 30 other distracting hobbies to a (mercifully) lesser extent.