I have always been attracted to Black Eyed Susans, even though they are quite common, because they are such bright colourful flowers that pop out of every landscape.
Usually when I photograph flowers I use a telephoto lens and a very shallow depth of field to put all the attention on a single flower, or even just part of a flower, and render the rest of the image soft and out of focus.
But with the striking orange shade of the Black Eyed Susan, and the impact that a whole cluster of them can have in a landscape, I decided to take a different approach.
To make this image I used my wide angle lens and got close to the flowers. This perspective shows the flowers in the context of their environment and brings in the complementary shade of blue from the sky in the background.
Every subject deserves a little forethought into the best way to show off it’s unique qualities.
Next time you are photographing, think about what it is about your subject that is special and what techniques can you use to convey that special quality in your image.
That’s how you make a photograph with impact.