Posts tagged “Flower Photography

Tulips and Others

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This week’s posts are all flowers, mostly tulips. All taken on walks in the neighbourhood.


Flower No. 7

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It was the creamsicle colour that got to me. The out of focus flower is intentional as it emphasizes this unusual colour.


Flower No. 6

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I like to find flowers that appear to be in motion or that seem to be reaching out.


Flower No 5

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In an urban setting backgrounds needed to be considered, good ones are not as easy as I would like.


Flower No. 3

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Many photography articles talk about framing your subject. The frame here of the two branches on either side are an example, even if out of focus.


Flower No. 2

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I’m a fan of visualizing what I want my final photo to look like, my success is growing. In this case the flowered bush just seem to explode into view as I turned a corner.


Flower No.1 (Two Photographs)

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I decided to do a week of flower photography. I missed the annual Tulip festival for the second time in two years but I made up for that in the gardens of my neighbourhood.


Colourful

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I am increasingly finding myself taking a more studied approach as to what should be done in colour or black and white. It’s not always straightforward. 


Perfection

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It’s rare to find perfect flowers to photograph in the wild or in gardens, but you can come close.


Imposing

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This flower was large and imposing, I wanted to get a sense of that in my composition. 


More than Enough

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I am a fan of minimalist photos like this. I pass this “garden” frequently and this photo waited till I had the right lens and light. 


Pretty

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In the midst of everything else nature has a distinctly calming effect. 


Not a Leading Line

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A leading line takes your audience’s eye to the subject, like a road to a house. Here the line of flowers fade into the background like exhaust from a rocket, eye catching.


Selective Focus

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Shallow depth of field to isolate a subject is a classic technique. Another way to think about it is to call it selective focus. Like selective sharpening it’s all about highlighting a subject.


Bokeh

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Bokeh is the kind of background you see here, nicely out of focus. It’s possible to get this with any camera and lens, but the more blades in the lens shutter the better. A full-frame camera does not hurt but I don’t think it’s a good reason to buy a more expensive camera.


Back End of the Week

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As we see the end of a long week, a change of perspective cannot hurt.


Chairoscuro

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I like the way the light fell on this scene, just slightly haphazard.


Tulip Against Brick

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The urban environment is no different from any other photographic venue, background plays a role. While good backgrounds are hard to find they can make a big difference.


Tulip (Two Photographs)

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It takes a lot to make a photograph: getting balanced exposure, an appropriate depth of field and a perspective on the subject that is dynamic.


Obscurantism

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Somebody thought their nasty graffiti would be visible but the vine had other ideas.


Stapled for the Common Good (Four Photographs)

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They are in the process of replacing older telephone poles in our area. Traditionally used for postering. On wood, staples work best. This makes for wonderful and interesting textures.


Bokeh

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I was shooting with a 24-70 f2.8 lens. On a full frame the out of focus background seems much better and more amenable to the bokeh effect you see in the photo’s background.


Depth of Field (Two Photographs)

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I use depth of field as a creative tool in almost all of my efforts, it’s something I am very careful about and often take photographs like this with different depths of field tilI I have something interesting.


Swirl

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All the photographs this week were taken with the new full-frame camera I mentioned on Friday, so naturally I am trying out various things to see how the larger frame helps or hinders. The depth of field may be narrower than I am used to with a cropped sensor but for day to day shooting it probably makes no difference.