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It is Spring and there are blooming flowers everywhere. Go out and photograph them. I would recommend to photograph them early in the morning or right before sunset. If you need to photograph during the day time when the light is harsh either photograph them in the shade or use a light diffuser. One more recommendation: Open up your lens as wide as possible to create a shallow depth of field and therefor a nice boceh.

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I used an old 105 Super Tacumar lens to create this image. Since it was taken in the middle of the day I used my reflector to diffuse the light.

Enjoy and keep on photographing!

 

Flowers #14

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I photographed this Succulent plat at Gamble Garden also. I used different f stops to get just enough depth of field to recognize the plant. A totally wide open lens blurred pretty much the entire background. I finally settled at f8.

Enjoy and happy photographing!

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I photographed these mountain flowers in the high Sierra mountains yesterday. I used an aperture of f8 on a 70-200 lens to get a small group of flowers into focus and use the out of focus plants as a background.

Enjoy and happy photographing!

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Long lenses compress background and foreground and giving you a much more shallow depth of field than wide angle lenses. I photographed this group of flowers using a 100-400 mm lens at 400mm. I used a diffuser to soften the light and some bushes and trees served as a wonderful background.

Enjoy and happy photographing!

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Last week I visited Gamble Garden in Palo Alto, CA. This is a beautiful garden to photograph flowers. for this week I challenge you to continue to work on flower photography and create some great images!

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I photographed theses Sweat Peas in bright sunlight. I used a round diffuser to soften the light and block out the sun on the flowers.

Enjoy and happy photographing!

Flower 10

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I love the yellow -green contrast in this image. Without the “green” the image would have been pretty boring. The art of photography is to see and “ordinary” subject like this tulip and create a great image. This is the challenge and this is the reason why I practice over and over again to improve the way I see and photograph. And yes, photography is hard work if you want to go beyond the usual.

Happy photographing!