Serviceberry Tree in Bloom  
     

Serviceberry Tree in Bloom

In the spring, the serviceberry is the first tree to bloom in our woods. After looking at the bleak early spring landscape for a long time, these trees look wonderful. Capturing a beautiful picture of them can prove a challenge however. This picture is the result of my attempts to do so.
 
I used shallow depth of field to isolate the closer branches from the blurred more-distant branches. Does it work? I'm not completely in love with the shot, but it does show what can be done with shallow depth of field.
 
Note the 1/8000 shutter speed. If your camera has a max shutter speed of 1/4000, you may need a neutral density filter to reduce the amount of light reaching the sensor to be able to shoot at f/1.4 in bright sunlight.

Camera and Lens Settings
85mm  f/1.4  1/8000s  ISO 100  5616 x 3744px
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