Flower Photography: Soft focus images celebrating the graceful lines and vibrant colors of flowers.
See Also: The Floral Expressions Series
You might think that flowers are one of Nature’s easiest subjects to photograph because they exist in one place for a while and do not flutter away when you approach. They seem content to wait for you to pass by and notice them. Easier still, you could harvest flowers and bring them into your studio, a controlled lighting environment with no wind or distractions.
Me, I frown on studio photography of flowers. I don’t believe photographers should harvest them, bring them inside, make them cater to our whims – which ultimately causes them to wither and die. I like to get down on the ground where they live, struggle with the wind and dirty knees, and earn the photograph. And I like to know the next person who passes by can enjoy the same beautiful display.
I’m trying to carve out a new technique for photographing flowers by introducing lots of blur, lots of colorful swirls, and placing specific areas of interest into focus. I love color more than anything else and I’d be a fool to keep a flower’s colorful shades from shining through in my photograph. No black and white imagery here.
These images are soft, colorful, and easy on the eyes. They grab attention as metal prints, especially in clusters of complementary colors.