Honestly, I think I’m better with flours than I am with flowers. With the endless array of flower photos out there in the world, how’s a guy to separate himself from the pack? I see lots of nice pictures of flowers, but I very rarely find them inspiring. Most photographers shoot flowers at one time or another. With good reason. Flowers are remarkably complex, have surprising shapes and provide readily accessible subjects for camera jockeys like me. I’m never quite satisfied with my results though. I guess I better keep trying.
These folks on the other hand seem to have it nailed. These are just a few really nice examples of flower shots I’ve seen recently that have inspired me to raise the bar:
I guess now that Spring has firmly sprung up here in central Alberta I should be practicing my flower shooting skills. Despite the arrival of Spring, I captured this image indoors at the Muttart Conservatory in their feature pyramid (they have four themed pyramid greenhouses) which is currently running a celtic theme.
Processing notes: I processed this image a couple of days ago and didn’t take notes and don’t remember what I did. Poorly done if I’m including processing notes in all my blog entries! Looking at the photo though, I can see that I cropped it from the original composition. I believe I did the majority of the rest of the work in Silver Efex Pro where I converted it to B&W, selectively adjusted shadows and highlights in the background, brought out a bit of the texture in the flower, split toned the image (blue/yellow) and then added the border.