Spring Daffodils at Squalicum Harbor in Bellingham


Low to the Ground with Fill Flash © Paul Conrad/ Pablo Conrad Photography - Daffodils (Narcissus pseudonarcissus) along the trail around Squalicum Harbor in Bellingham, Wash., on Wednesday afternoon March 26, 2014.

With beautiful puffy white clouds in the skies, intermittent sunshine, and fresh daffodils growing everywhere, I headed to Squalicum Harbor in Bellingham, Wash.

Nice Bokeh and Shallow Depth of Field: Cropped Version of the Last Image© Paul Conrad/ Pablo Conrad Photography - Daffodils (Narcissus pseudonarcissus) along the trail around Squalicum Harbor in Bellingham, Wash., on Wednesday afternoon March 26, 2014.

As I was driving past the harbor a few days ago, I saw them growing alongside the trail. However, the day was gray and cloudy and has been since. A typical Pacific Northwest spring. Today, the gray made way for blue. Since I’ve wanted to at least get a shot, I drove down there and to my surprise, plenty more were growing.

Squalicum Harbor Boats © Paul Conrad/ Pablo Conrad Photography - Daffodils (Narcissus pseudonarcissus) along the trail around Squalicum Harbor in Bellingham, Wash., on Wednesday afternoon March 26, 2014.

The first few shots I used my 80-200 at f/4 on my D300s to get shallow depth of field. This to show a hint of the boats in the background. They were OK, but not what I wanted. So I set up my tripod, placed my 17-35 on the camera, used my B+W ND64 (6 stop) neutral density filter, and stacked that with my polarizing filter. I used the ND to get a longer shutter speed and the Polarizing filter to get deep blue sky to add contrast with the white clouds.

Using various shutter speeds, I played with the exposure. After a few shots, I added my SB800 Nikon flash using generic Best Deal radio triggers. I then removed the ND and used just the polarizing to keep the contrast in the sky. Then I laid low on the ground and shot up to the blooms to make them seem huge. To emphasize one of the blooms, I moved in close and shot wide open to narrow the depth of field.

Getting Low and Using Fill Flash © Paul Conrad/ Pablo Conrad Photography - Daffodils (Narcissus pseudonarcissus) along the trail around Squalicum Harbor in Bellingham, Wash., on Wednesday afternoon March 26, 2014.

A nice day to play with a little color and have some fun. And in typical Northwest fashion, the clouds roll back in and here comes the rain. The second image in  this post is a cropped version of the one below. I’m debating which one I like better. Both have their merits. Which one do you like and why? Post your choice and reason below.

Full Frame version © Paul Conrad/ Pablo Conrad Photography - Daffodils (Narcissus pseudonarcissus) along the trail around Squalicum Harbor in Bellingham, Wash., on Wednesday afternoon March 26, 2014.

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7 comments

  1. I could not love this blog more!!

    Not only have you shot my 2 favorite things, daffodils and the bay, you made them look 100 times better than today really was!!

    Your eye for beauty always leaves me in awe.

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