In this installment of "Great Subjects", we're going to look at how to approach flower photography for more creative and interesting photos that go beyond snapshots. Flower photography is one of the most popular types of photography, especially for amateurs. Perhaps it's because anyone can point their camera at a blooming rose, hit the shutter, and get a pretty good … [Read more...] about How To Photograph Flowers
On our drive back home from our snowbird season, we stopped for a night of free parking at a Casino in Nice, California. As we pulled in, I noticed out of the corner of my eye, behind the dumpsters in the back, a small patch of California Poppies. When the wind died down, I went out with my telephoto lens and my Canon 500D close-up filter to see what kind of interesting … [Read more...] about Roadside Attraction: California Poppies
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 … [Read more...] about What’s Special About a Black Eyed Susan?
In my RV park in Sidney, BC, right outside the window where I sit doing my writing is a large California Lilac. It's in full bloom right now and the bumble bees are loving it. At certain times of the day the whole bush is alive with the buzzing of happy bees gathering their pollen. I took the opportunity to get in close with my Canon 500D close-up filter which I put … [Read more...] about The Lilac is Alive with Bumble Bees
Most of the wildflowers were finished when I visted Strathcona Park on Vancouver Island, BC, but I did make this image of a Tiger Lily. Please click the image to view a larger version. To make this image, I set my camera up on the tripod with my 70-300mm lens. Normally you would have to be at least 5 feet away from the subject to focus with that lens. But I added a 500D … [Read more...] about Tiger Lily