Plucked !

I love to do close-up photographs of flowers in and around my garden. Some of which I grow from seed, some are bought from the garden centre and some are wildflowers.


I know that a lot of people love to take photographs of the flowers in their garden in the summer mostly because they have made the effort to design and grow things in their gardens and they want a memory of how it looked that summer.

Rudbekia and visitor.

As much as I understand that everybody has to learn and get the hang of things it does pain me at times to see the way that people take photographs of flowers particularly raw beginners.

Now I’m no expert and I don’t specialize in this particular area but I do have some idea of what works and what doesn’t.

The approach many people take in photographing their gardens is that they stand at a small distance from the area of colour they want to record and somehow manage to frame not only the blooms but the backyard trash bin, the abandoned watering can and the rear of the family pet cat just as he is wandering out of the frame!

Why would we take a photo of flowers in our garden at a standing position instead of crouching down to get at their level? Why would we shoot them from a distance instead of getting up close?

Anyone can go into their garden and view with their eyes at a standing height and, scanning the garden, gasp at the beauty of it. However there are fewer people that would get up micro close and examine the detail of a single flower. So if we can create in our photos a view or perspective that the human eye would not normally view then we add interest to our flower photos.

Try mounting your camera on a tripod and moving in or zooming in real close to an individual flower head.

The other thing is that most days I find even the slightest bit of wind causes my photos of delicate blooms to render blurred. Also, when I have both the time and the inspiration to do this photography and when the flowers are looking their very best, the sun is too strong.

Image of an individual Rock Rose taken indoors.

So this is where I have to bite the bullet and identify n individual head to be ‘Plucked’ and to bring it indoors away from the sun and wind.

I find a suitable large window away from direct sun. I set up the flower in a vase with a suitable background of coloured card or sheet or cloth. I then put my camera on a tripod and I set the self timer at 2 seconds before taking the picture.

It might be a bit harsh to sentence a beautiful flower to an early wilt but at least I have it’s memory now to be framed and admired for a long time to come.

Wild Hollyhock

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