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Spring is finally here and I’m seeing bits of colour peeking through. I’ve photographed flowers popping up around my neighbourhood, but wanted to photograph something beyond daffodils and tulips. On a trip to the nursery last week, I bought a blue and white Aquilegia Origami, with a number of flowers and a few buds.
Potted perennials or annuals at the nursery are often already blooming. So it is easy to photograph them before planting in the garden. During springtime with patchy growth, a good background without dark spots of bare earth, can be challenging. A potted plant can be moved to different locations for a variety of lighting and background choices. Also you can shoot them inside when the weather doesn’t cooperate!
Of course one can do this with cut flowers too, but a plant will last longer and you can enjoy it in the garden as well. I have a mostly shade garden which tends to limit my choices but I think I will buy some sun-loving showy flowers too. That way I can gift them to friends or family and visit them in their gardens for years to come.
Working a potted flower subject involves experimenting with different locations and moving in closer and closer, using different perspectives, apertures and lenses too. The flowers can also be captured in various stages from buds to full bloom.
I tried to isolate the flowers with a blurred background. This was difficult because there are many flowers and buds in close proximity. I must admit that I was not totally successful this time and probably should have another go at it. Some of the backgrounds were still a little too busy.
I shot wide open with compositions of more then one flower. Trying to have one flower in focus with the rest blurred in the background. I always try to have the stamen in focus. Sometimes it works when they are not but I find that I usually like the images where they are in focus best. I may try again with another lens or visit the nursery for another subject. Definitely more spring flowers to come…