As a male, I think of the Women’s Association, the church fete, and Mrs. Agnes Smithington who arranges flowers for weddings and funerals. I think of my aging mother, who hates lilies because they remind her of death. That’s my preconditioning.
I grew up in a little town in the Midlands of Zimbabwe. In that town, men were “real” men and women, well, they were found in the kitchen arranging flowers.
Many people think of flowers in that kind of way. They are the pretty objects you pick when you are out in the fields. And that’s all really, they are not powerful, they are temporary and fragile, seasonal symbols to be owned by the picking. That’s how many photographers see flowers.
I have seen this with some of my colleagues. Take an image of a landscape and you become famous overnight; take a picture of a flower and you probably need to “man-up and get with the programme”. If you’re a woman, taking photos of flowers is just silly.
This is absolute nonsense, of course.
To understand this, you should draw back a little and see this planet for what it is. Life is a miracle beyond our understanding. Nature is brimming with beauty, the grasses, the trees, insects and of course, flowers.
Flowers are nature’s crown and glory.
Tips when photographing flowers:
- Wind is your enemy – bump up the ISO and this will enable your shutter to speed up and freeze the image
- If you haven’t got a macro lens, use a long focal length
- Wait for the right light even if it takes all day
- Use a diffuser if the light is too harsh
- Say thank you to the plants you photograph.
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My very best wishes