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Shooting wildflowers can be an intimidating endeavor, especially if you're looking to capture grand scenes and vistas. Navigating the crowds, finding the perfect composition and nailing the shot can all be overwhelming. But it doesn't have to be that way – in this article I'll help you navigate these challenges so you can enjoy the experience and make the most of peak wildflower season.
This isn't a one-size-fits-all gear list as it really depends upon how much hiking you have to do to get to your desired location. That being said, I've highlighted some of the most important items from my kit in this list.
Before heading out into the field I make sure to scout out locations and check on the condition of the flowers I'm intending to photograph.
Choosing your composition can feel like a tricky task – especially with the added element of flowers thrown into the mix. Here are some helpful tips that can make the process a bit less overwhelming.
When you find yourself surrounded by fields of gorgeous flowers it's very easy to become overwhelmed and bogged down by the seemingly endless photographic possibilities. Finding abstract compositions requires some work, but the results can be very rewarding.
This isn't something that's discussed very often in landscape photography, but I think that it's especially applicable for this type of shooting.
Songwriter, vocalist, and bass player, Ray Cardwell has joined Pinecastle Records to release his solo album, Tennessee Moon, in fall 2016. The album has a clear New Grass influence in producer Pat Flynn. However, with nine out of twelve tunes written by Cardwell, the album is his own take on that classic sound. Flynn also adds his talents on guitar and harmony vocals to the album along with fellow New Grass Revival alum John Cowan lending tenor and harmony vocals on many of the tracks (full personnel listing below). Cardwell has already built a touring band of incredible musicians to take his music on the road as Ray Cardwell & Tennessee Moon.
“One of the most interesting things about Ray is his range,” said Pat Flynn, “...His vocals are very distinctive, as well as his bass playing; that sets the stage for us to do a lot of things acoustically with modern bluegrass as a base.”
“In addition to possessing an extremely powerful, John Cowan-like vocal prowess, Ray is also a talented songwriter.” – Bluegrass Today
Ray honed his musical chops playing in The Cardwell family bluegrass band in the late 1970’s. In the ‘80s he spent time playing rock and reggae before moving to Nashville in the ‘90s to be a member of the bluegrass band, the New Tradition. He returned to his home state of Missouri a few years later to raise a family while teaching vocal and instrumental ensembles. Along the way he has had experience with an eclectic mix of musical genres from bluegrass and Americana to musical theater and Motown. Now living in Nashville, TN Cardwell has returned to his musical roots while blending in his varied influences to create a style all his own.
"I feel my music is based upon the traditional style of bluegrass and old timey music my parents raised me on, and the collection of musical experiences I've had in my journey through life. My songwriting is a direct reflection of new ideas balanced with the traditions of the past.
"When Ethan Burkhardt called from Pinecastle Records, I knew it was a label with amazing artists and good 'street cred.' I had good experiences with them before when Special Consensus recorded a song Danny Roberts and I had written.
"I have been anticipating this moment since I was a young boy in Missouri. The project is finished and soon will be out--music from my bluegrass soul, from a dreamer in the Ozarks. I hope you enjoy it." - Ray Cardwell
Personnel on Tennessee Moon:
Litchfield, ME -- Blistered Fingers Bluegrass Festival location is at the Litchfield Fairgrounds (30 Plains Road, Litchfield, Maine). Directions are located on the flyers and on the Web site. The festival grounds have a big stage that was built in 2010, 18 women’s and 18 men’s indoor bathroom facilities, four free hot showers and numerous water hookups throughout the grounds, electrical hookups. The festival location has that ‘Welcome Home’ Country atmosphere. Everyone who attends loves our hard grounds. We also have a lot of Field picking through the whole time of the festival.
We have the Blistered Fingers Kids Academy which has a free, relaxed, informative three day music program for children for ages 6-18. The focus is how to play, sing and perform bluegrass music. Students will bring their own instruments and will commit to the three day program. The kids all get a Free T-Shirt and perform a couple of songs as a group on Main stage. We’re all so proud!!
The gates will open at 8 a.m. on Sunday, August 21, 2016. Weekend tickets for each festival will cover four days of great music and camping from Wednesday to Saturday and Sunday Morning Gospel Sing Along and Jam.
There will be several types of vendors located on the grounds.
Prices per person - Tickets available at Gate:
Earl Bird Camping (Sunday, Monday & Tuesday before festival) $10/ day per camper
All four days with FREE camping- $85
Children 16 and under Free with Paying Adult
Wednesday & Thursday only- $15
Friday only- $30 after 5:00 p.m. - $20
Saturday only- $30 after 5:00 p.m. - $20
Sunday – FREE with Weekend pass
Power- $30 for your entire stay
For additional information, visit the Web site at BlisteredFingers.com or contact Sandy Cormier at email@example.com, or (207) 873-6539.
About Blistered Fingers: Some of the greatest Bluegrass music can be heard at one of the largest family musical events in New England. Blistered Fingers is a fast- moving traditional Bluegrass Band from the central Maine area that travels extensively around the northeast and eastern Canada. Blistered Fingers' obvious love of bluegrass, their fans, and field picking makes Blistered Fingers a special group with their delightful mix of original material, soulful ballads and hard driving traditional bluegrass music with a little good humor thrown in. The Bluegrass Festival takes place twice every year and brings thousands of music lovers from all over the world to Litchfield, Maine, to hear banjos, fiddles, and high, lonesome harmonies. This event features many worldwide and local bands. This festival has something for all ages and has occurred every June and August since 1991.