Simple Plant Photography – or Not
To be honest I don’t think that there is any such thing as simple plant photography but I intend to keep plugging away at it until I get somewhere. With this set I’ve tried ramping the contrast up to reduce the tones in the images as much as possible. This simplification of the image at least gives me a starting point.
The above image is of an allium bud. They are flowering late this year probably due to the lack of sunlight. Certainly isn’t due to the lack of rain. That much I do know. The next photograph is of a yellow and white daffodil. This is probably the most traditional type of shot, compositionally at least, in this set. Limiting the tonal range doesn’t seem to make the flower look any less delicate, in fact the opposite is probably true.
I am not sure what this next flower is. I do know that it is good to break rules which is why I shot it from the back. Little things like this are often enough to keep the viewers attention. Not everything has to be a big dramatic statement.
This is a leaf of the allium. Rain drops work well in this type of photograph because they tend to have very dark areas at their base, i.e. next to the much lighter leaf and they retain their definition well when the contrast is turned up. This isn’t a very good shot technically but it illustrates the point.
And finally yet another one of the allium. The bud will soon be a globe of about ten inches in diameter and a wonderful purple in color. Hard to believe that they are a member of the onion family. No doubt I’ll soon be posting the next part of my drive to understand plant photography. I feel that I am making progress albeit slow. I do find that thinking about general photographic principles helps a lot more than thinking about flower specific ones. Remembering that the back of a flower can be just as interesting compositionally as the front is a step forward for me. The artists job is to look at things from every angle, not just the ones that we are supposedly meant to.
If you have any tips regarding flower photography especially ones that are a little different from the usual please let us know in the comments.
Update Part 2 can be found here