Photo Focus: Flowers
One of the things I love to photograph is flowers… you can easily take some stunning photos of the flowers growing in your garden. All you need is a bit of imagination and some time to shoot from different angles and in different light to see what you can create.
Here are some of my favourite flower shots as well as an explanation of how/why I took them as I did…
Tulips are some of my favourite flowers. They are so tall and elegant… and the colours are wonderful! I took this shot in my in-law’s garden (they are keen gardeners and always have lots of beautiful flowers) as I loved the colour of these particular tulips. I shot them up close and cropped the image further to cut out a lot of the foliage surrounding them. This photo was taken on my iPhone so the settings were automatically selected (ISO 50, f2.4, 1/156).
I don’t actually know what this flower is but I loved it. I shot it at very close range and then cropped it so only half the flower was in this shot – there is a second shot with the other half in! I have completely blurred the background to make the bright, red flower really pop. My camera settings for this shot were: ISO 100, f5.6, 1/40.
I took this next photo on holiday in Andalusia, Spain. This balcony was covered in pots of brightly coloured flowers, which really stood out against the whitewashed walls. I liked this shot as it looks very Spanish. Again, I cropped in to get rid of any unwanted distractions… This was shot on my iPhone so the settings were selected automatically: ISO 50, f2.4, 1/951.
I love this close-up of a bee collecting pollen from a flower, which was taken in Stratford-upon-Avon last year. I used camera settings of ISO 160, f5.6, 1/100 to blur the background and focus just on the flower head and the bee.
This is two images – thistles and ferns – blended together in Photoshop. This photo has had a lot of processing to get to the image below, but it is one I love and where I think the time spent on it was worth it for the final result. My camera settings for the main image (thistles) were ISO 100, f6.3, 1/60
So those are some of my favourite flower shots – some are more traditional images than others… but I hope you like them as much as I do!
*All these photos were shot on either one of my iPhones, a Canon EOS 40D (DSLR) or my Canon Powershot SX60 HS (bridge camera).