Every now and then my local supermarket puts their cut flowers on sale, and I jump at the chance to get models for my camera on the cheap. For cut flowers make wonderful subjects for picture-taking purposes. View the gallery below and see the fun and creative experience you can have for $2.99.
First of all, there is no denying that flowers are pretty, coming in a rainbow of colors and a variety of form. I believe flowers are the epitome of nature’s creativity. With petals soft as velvet, the intricacy of their design is unparalleled. Who can remain sad and blue when gazing at a perky yellow daisy or a regal red rose? The intricacy of their petals make them ideal subjects for macro photography as well.
As photography subjects, flowers are patient – they don’t wiggle, make faces at the camera, or cry as I struggle to get a shot. And they are portable, easily moved about the room, to catch the sun as it moves across the sky.
I also enjoy playing with the background of my flower photos. No sophisticated software is required for these shots. I simply put a sheet of solid or patterned paper from my scrapbook supplies behind the subject and interesting pictures result.
I use these photos for greeting cards. If someone gives me flowers, I’ll take a picture of them and use it to make a thank you card. I also frame them and give them as gifts. After all, everyone loves getting flowers. And the pictures last a lot longer!
Here is my flower gallery: Most of the pictures were taken with a 4X macro lens attachment on a 35 – 80mm zoom lens.