Today’s “Image of the day” is of a Rhododendron bloom.

Article 10 of “Image of the Day” Series.

Image of the Day- Blog 10 Shooting a Rhododendron bloom in the Himalayas of Uttarakhand


Camera: Canon 7DM2

Lens: Canon 50mm f/1.8

Shutter speed: 1/500 Sec

f-stop: f/3.5

ISO: 100

Aperture Priority

Evaluative Metering.


I am extremely fascinated when it snows, in fact anything that happens here makes me happy, be it rains, snow or even hot I guess. Rhododendrons, locally called Burans in Uttarakhand, apart from adding such rich colour to the Himalayan terrain in spring, are also very dear to me. I have spent hours upon hours besides these trees, just looking at the flowers and waiting for birds. Apart from adding beauty, these flowers are extremely good for health too.

The locals here make a squash out of Rhododendron flowers, and it is one of the most refreshing squash one can ever have. It also has an array of health benefits and is extremely good for the heart.

So coming back to snow, this year rains delayed quite a bit. It normally rains in the months starting from November to Feb end. This year however, rains are ongoing and it continues to rain every 2 to 3 days. This shot, with this amount of snow in the background will normally not be possible, because the snow melts on the lower altitudes at this time of the year.

I was thinking of a way to highlight the fresh snowfall in a different perspective and thought that a Rhododendron bloom would add a different story to the image. So I initially searched for a mountain which I thought would look beautiful against the flowers, and later for a Rhododendron tree just rightly placed.

Although there are a lot trees here, finding the one just right, for some reasons is always a challenge (they always seem to not fit the image ? ). So after finding this tree, I am struck with the dilemma of which f-stop to shoot the image with. If you are thinking I came to this f-stop at the first instance, you are totally wrong. I started at f/1.8, then closed the aperture further till I came to f/3.5. I also shot images at f/8 and f/9.

Personally I like this image, because though you can see the snow covered peaks in the background, the Rhododendron flowers still stand out. The shots which I took at f/8 and around, the flowers were sort of getting lost in the overall frame. I also love the strong contrast between the Reds in the foreground, the blues and soothing whites in the background. Not to mention the 2 shafts of light, peeking from the clouds.

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