Wildflower season is coming!
cactus flowers with macro. f/2.8, 1/1600s, ISO 160, 100mm
This shot is from Joshua Tree N.P., a favorite spot of mine. In tight with a shallow depth of field, light background bokeh, one flower in focus and one just out of focus causes un-balance in the photo. Which makes your eye move around the photograph and come back to the focused flower.
Wildflowers, Red Rock Canyon 2015
Here is a photo, similar idea, purple flowers are on level plane, little tighter f-stop, but dark background bokeh. This time I put the flowers on an angle and 3 clusters. 2 ancient tricks to make interesting images in your photograph.
Red and yellow flowers on bush. Shallow depth of field. 2014
Same flower different angle and deep depth of field. 2014
While these two photos are not wildflowers, they are the same bush, different styles of photos.
Poster I made from trip to Joshua Tree. 2014
Version 1, tight in on three buds. Sierra Nevada Mts. 2014
Same wildflower, little bit further back.
Thistle buds and dead blooms. Sierra Nevada Mts. 2014
Or there is the wide view.
Wildflowers and dead tree stump. Sierra Nevada Mts. 2014
Sometimes the insects help out and make a more interesting photo. Trick! Be Patience, Move slow. Take shots as you move in. Red Rock Canyon, Calif. 2014
So, these are just a few of the wildflowers I’ve shot and I am NO expert on the subject. This season I want to try and spend more time doing macro shots and the deep depth-of-field shots like the yellow flowers and dead tree photo. I also hope to learn a few tricks from my Sierra Club Camera Committee members as we all do some trips and share our photos.
I hope these photos give you some ideas of ways to creatively shoot wildflowers this year. Here in Southern California, we are getting a little rain and more coming so I’m expecting it to be a good year. Just might be chasing the flowers all over the place as different areas bloom. If you live in the SoCal area and see some wildflowers worth chasing after, leave some info in the comments or send me and email.
Anyway, ask questions, leave me a comment, Love to hear from you. (it’s late, I’m going to bed)
Creative shooting everyone,