The other day, someone said to me,
A strange comment, I thought, as half the country is under snow. But there is some truth, new shoots are beginning to emerge, the days are getting longer and sprinklings of snowdrops dance across gardens all over the country. So, how do you photograph these little beauties and other tiny Spring flowers, because that's what they all are...tiny and close to the ground. Here are my top tips:
Choose a day when there is no wind or the slightest breeze.
Any other conditions are hopeless. Then:
That's your essential kit part 1. All this is necessary because you have to get down to their level to get good shots, and it is cold, muddy and wet. And if you don't you will be MISERABLE.
So what camera kit do I take? You do need a camera that has interchangeable lenses.
Camera set up:
Here's some I took earlier.
The arrow shows where I focused the lens. Aperture f5 shutter speed 1/1000s using my Canon EF 70-200. There was a long line of crocus behind which I wanted to blur. I probably took around 10-15 shots in all varying the aperture and the point of focus to get the final image.
In the next shot I wanted the group of snowdrops to be in focus, the light was playing on the subject and glistening on the grass, with these conditions you can achieve lovely bokeh effects.
Arrow 1 points to where I focused, 2 and 3 show the bokeh effect by using a shallow depth of field with this lens, again the Canon EF 70-200mm. Aperture f10 shutter speed 1/60s. This is not a very wide aperture, but it shows all the snowdrops in focus the foreground and background blurred.
If you can't face lying on the ground, the alternative is to photograph plants in pots, or pick them. The results are still lovely and if they are in a glass house, you will be much warmer!
Lens: Canon Macro 100mm, shutter speed 1/250 aperture f7.1. This Iris was shot in a greenhouse,
so much warmer.
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