Spring is bursting on to the scene not a moment too late for all of us who have had our lives so hemmed in from the pandemic restrictions. It is often said that being in nature is the best therapy for one’s peace of mind and experiencing its colors and wonders is one of the best medicinal offerings for relaxation. Flowers in particular offer a visual feast of colors, aromatherapy, and a whimsical personality to soothe your sore inner corners. It is their intricate details that immerse those who look upon them in beauty. All nature has this unique quality to recharge the human soul.
There are a myriad of ways to explore and be nourished by nature; Outdoor walks or hikes, gardening, flower arranging, bird watching, water, and landscapes, and flower photography, just to name a few. For those who cannot always smell the blooms in person, there are photographs.
A personal quote this author tries to live by is:
“To require beauty is a challenge accepted by few.”
So the Right Wire Report challenges all to seek beauty, balance, and peace of mind gazing upon these exquisite photographs offered to us by our talented Right Wire Report Chat community and site members. We also challenge you to take up photography or improve on your existing skills with a few tips that follow after the photo gallery. Enjoy!
THE PHOTO GALLERY:
(Click on any photo and select Play to see in auto-gallery mode.)
Series by Tweeds Stilettoes from Illinois:
Series by Moses Knows from Virginia:
Series by Rhys The-Lion-Heart from the UK:
Series by Classy Conservative from Pennsylvania:
Series by Bekah Lyons from East Tennessee:
Series by SueNH in New Hampshire:
Series by California_Brunette29 from California:
Series by fhz48 in Georgia:
Series by Blueagent007 from France:
Series by Lr999’s daughter in East Texas:
FLOWER PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS:
Tip #1: Know the weather forecast and note changing conditions
Perhaps counter-intuitive but cloudy days are more desirable when photographing flowers than sunny ones. Bright sun can bring harsh highlights and shadows can proliferate in your photos. Inversely overcast days have more diffuse light that’s ideal for highlighting all the subtleties of a botanical. The casting of soft and even light across the subject adds to the overall aesthetic.
Tip # 2: Time of Day
Photographing late in the day when the sun is close to the horizon will bathe a warm light across your image. You might even be able to catch some rays of light filtering through the trees behind your shot. This makes backlighting easier while early mornings may provide less sun and fewer shadows in the absence of rainy cloud coverage. Mornings generally offer the least windy conditions as well.
Tip # 3: Slow Down, Focus, and See
Yes, put down your backpack, cell, etc.-be still in nature where your subject resides before you attempt to capture its essence on film. First, doing so will provide instant relaxation and mental acuity which will translate into the effective execution of your goal. Second, breathe deeply and clear away your day that came before allowing your senses to become more in tune with your surroundings. Doing so will help train your eye to catch the nuances, the interesting texture, lines, curves, and patterns that will make the best selection to capture.
Tip # 4: Close Proximity
One of the best attributes of flowers is their unique labyrinthine of details of their petals. Larger groupings of flowers make a lovely composition but do not hesitate to draw close and zero in on that special one bloom that makes both an intimate and impressive image. Line your shot with the primary focus on the center of the flower where the sharpest features can be seen as this provides the ” Perfect focus” to draw the eyes of the viewer to focus on the center of the subject matter – similar to eyes in a portrait photo. To get the image sharp, use your camera’s single-point autofocus feature. Doing so allows you to pinpoint the area on which the camera will focus. Having proper camera equipment like a telephoto lens or a dedicated macro lens will provide the best closeup shot.
Tip #5: Protect Your Gear
Spring and summer mean unpredictable weather patterns which change on a dime. One always wants to have a game plan to protect their selves and camera gear. If you want to obtain those glorious, translucent, drops of rain dusting and dripping off petals then you will not want to be interrupted while shooting either. Capturing that perfect droplet facsimile might take a little more effort but it is well worth the outcome. Consider investing in a camera canopy that fits over your equipment which keeps everything dry. No more constant wiping water off the lens!
Tip #6: Shoot from different angles
Centering, or looking down at the flower to capture its center is a great shot. But remember you can also pick up alternative qualities to the image by moving around and clicking multiple perspectives. When taking water droplets or dew shots the angle matters to capture the full-color prism iridescence provides. One popular way to shoot a blossom is to position it below the petal looking up and through – this will highlight how light filters through the petal membrane. Another type of light that is excellent for flower photography is backlighting. Backlight happens when the sun is directly in front of you lighting your flower from behind. Because flower petals are translucent, backlighting makes flowers appear to glow.
Tip #7: Color can be a Compositional Tool
There are two ways to set up the shot to make the subject pop. Often flowers are found amongst other flowers and one way to way to make a flower stand from the other is to ensure that the background is free of a hodgepodge of items lying around in the frame as distractions. The rose should not have to compete with a garden hose or rake. Another way is to use color to bring attention to the primary subject.
Adjusting your angle so your flower is not competing with those that are the same hue will make your present more vivid rather than compete in a sea of shades of a red kinda thing. Try the technique of minimizing the depth of the field to achieve a blurred background in a complementary color to the subject matter. As an example angling the frame where the tall green grass can be seen faded behind a purple Iris creates a brilliance and markedly crisper image.
Stay tuned to future photoshoots at the Right Wire Report. Next time maybe your photos will be here. In the meantime find time in your day to reboot by taking in some of nature’s wonders around you .
The Right Wire Report would like to personally thank Miss Tweeds Stilettoes, from our chatter forum, for being the inspiration for this article.