Throughout Spring and Summer of this year I developed more of a fondness for flower photography. What's not to like? They're beautiful, colourful, easy to find and mostly compliant.....I say mostly due to this type of subject not being without its own challenges when photographing them in their natural environment. The most obvious problem is that you can find yourself at the mercy of the elements. The slightest breeze can throw a spanner in the works and play havoc with your shot, so a windy day is a no-no. I've yet to invest in a plamp, a piece of equipment that I certainly need for future flower photography. So far I've simply used my hand or a peg to keep a subject still for the required shot; a plamp would make matters much easier!
Light is the other major factor in determining whether you will achieve good shots or not. I have walked by the same flowers every day and they look slightly different depending on the light at the time; sometimes it's too bright, sometimes it's too dull, sometimes the sun casts odd shadows on them that you cannot do anything about. Sometimes the light is perfect and your patience pays off, although occasionally I have spotted flowers that I wanted to photograph but the light was wrong, then on a day when it was good they had shrivelled up or the petals had started to fall off. Clouds can be a good natural filter on a bright sunny day, I have found that they can reduce that glare that can spoil many a shot. Raindrops can instantly improve any flower image, so after any rainfall is a good time to get outside and have a look around. The image below is simply of some leaves, but the colours were amazing and there had recently been a brief shower of rain.
Positioning can dramatically affect the results of the shots so I've experimented with many angles when photographing wild or garden flowers. Get down to their level and lie on your front if necessary. So far I've done a fair bit of crawling around to get the image I want! It's fun to experiment and I often spot things I'd like to capture simply by looking down, or up, or around.
Of course you don't have to crawl around on your hands and knees in the great outdoors to do flower photography, there are many opportunities for indoor shots including your own home, where you won't have to worry about the next gust of wind.