Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge  this week Single Flower or Bud has again made me aware of just how few photographs of flowers I have in my archives. My catalogue goes like Birds – 500-600 images, Butterflies- at least 300, Flowers – 22. It isn’t that I don’t like flowers, it’s just that I’m not very good at taking pictures of them. They never look nice enough in my images.

When I look at a flower I don’t see a potential picture. Except if it’s the dandelion image that started me off on macro photography in general. I was totally amazed when I took a photo of a single dandelion and then zoomed in to look at it closely on computer. That was when I realised that (a) macro photography would enable me to see things which would never be visible to the naked eye and (b) I needed to buy a good macro lens.



My first dandelion ©HelenBushe


These are some close ups I took four or five years ago. The black backgrounds were my way of coping with photographing a flower without having to try to make it sit beautifully in its natural surroundings. (Oh and for a couple of these I went to the florist and in sheer desperation bought flowers that I thought would look ok against black). I think my photographs look like botanic reference pictures but I’m ok with that.




Orange flower


I can’t even give these photographs titles as I can’t remember what the blooming (intentional pun) things are called.

Oh, give me butterfly photography any day!

Painted Lady Butterfly on Buddleia

Painted Lady on Buddleia ©HelenBushe




Cee Neuner · 16 May 2016 at 19:50

Your flowers are absolutely stunning. 😀 😀

    HMB · 16 May 2016 at 19:54

    Thanks Cee, as I’ve said I can’t take them well outside. But perhaps this will be a challenge I’ll issue to myself this summer. How your challenges are spurring me on. Have a good week.

cwaugh212 · 16 May 2016 at 19:36

What a difference the black background makes. The photos more than pop. They scream with color. You have created some very beautiful images. Thanks for sharing them.

    HMB · 16 May 2016 at 19:38

    Oh thanks Charles. Not my forte, but I do like a challenge.

suzannerogersonfantasyauthor · 16 May 2016 at 18:47

Stunning flowers. I’m desperate to get a macro camera, or a new camera with a proper macro setting. I love capturing the details like you have in these photos.

    HMB · 16 May 2016 at 18:48

    Thanks Suzanne. It’s like entering another world. A Lilliputian one maybe.

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