Weekly photo challenge: flowers

Wild cherry and hawksbeard
Smooth hawksbeard (Crepis capillaris) shimmers on a windy day in a young plantation of wild cherry (Prunus avium). DMC-GF2, 90mm (180mm 35mm equiv), f22, 3.2 sec, ISO100, ND8 filter, tripod.

It’s always a challenge photographing flowers in a woodland. Very often you have to battle with low light conditions due to shade, so a tripod is essential. Being outdoors, the wind is often a problem in trying to capture the detail of flowers. In this case I made the most of a very windy day; when these yellow flowers were waving violently under the bright green canopy of young cherry trees.

I used a tripod for this three second exposure; using a ND8 filter reduced the light to allow the long exposure. I like the way that the tree stems slowly disappear into the flowers, almost as if into shimmering water.  Read more about Tree Photography.

You can see another of my flower photographs here.

Gabriel Hemery

2 thoughts on “Weekly photo challenge: flowers

  1. I love the minute shimmering and fleeting lights captured in this photo, needing a lot of patience from the observer and creating a lively dramatic effect! In the spirit ,it’s got something of the painter Douanier Rousseau ‘s touch at his earlier stage like in the famous “Surpris”- 1891 – , both naïve and finely detailed..

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