2021 WEEK 19 – Flower photography – close-up or macro of a single flower (plant)

It‘s springtime (in the Northern hemisphere), so it’s the perfect time for flower photography. Before there are any complaints, I am fully aware that we have members from down under and other countries in the Southern hemisphere as well. For you, it’s autumn now, but autumn is a good season for photographing flowers as well. By the way, beautiful photos of flowers can be taken even in winter, an example is shown below.

The goal of this week’s challenge is to take a close-up or macro shot of a blossom, a single flower, or a single plant with one or more blossoms.

Flowers can be found anywhere, there’s no need to travel to exotic places to find extraordinary blossoms for beautiful pictures.

Just look at flowers you may find at home, in your backyard, in a park, forest, or at the side of a country road. Have you ever had a look at the tiny blossoms of some inconspicuous weeds and noticed how beautiful they are?

It does not need spectacular or beautiful blossoms, wilted or dried blossoms can also be a motif for an outstanding photo. Your image should however not be just an ordinary snapshot. Object selection, arrangement, and lighting are the keys to getting a great shot. Consider the best shooting angle, a shot from a low angle can be much more exciting than a shot from eye level. Your background is also very important. It can be very distracting to your composition just like it can be used to improve the image.

Daisy – by Klaus Deisenberger
Tulip – by Klaus Deisenberger
bygone glory – by Klaus Deisenberger
Dandelion – by Klaus Deisenberger
Gone with the wind – by Klaus Deisenberger

…and now an example of a flower photographed in winter:

Dead beauty – by Klaus Deisenberger

You may find some additional ideas and info regarding flower photography under the following links:

Flower Photography: Do You Know All the Secrets?

HOW TO PHOTOGRAPH FLOWERS

Flower Photography: Useful Techniques and Camera Features

This week’s challenge summary

  • Take a close-up or macro shot of a blossom, a single flower or a single plant with one or more blossoms.
  • Post your photo during the week of May, 9 and Saturday, May 15.
  • Please remember to comment on at least FIVE photo submissions this week by answering the question “why?” in your comments. In other words, “why do I like (or not like) this photo?” or “why did this photo catch my eye?” Thank you!

The friendly community guidelines are pretty simple:

  1. Take a new photo for the current weekly theme, not something from your back catalog or someone else’s image.
  2. Post your photo each week to our active communities on Facebook or Flickr (or both). Tag the photo:  #2021photochallenge #photochallenge #tempusaura
  3. Don’t leave home without your camera. Participating in the 2021 Trevor Carpenter Photo Challenge is fun and easy.

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