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Miscellaneous Bouquets

Mixed Flowers Copyright 2013  Andy Richards

Mixed Flowers
Copyright 2013 Andy Richards

One interesting consequence of writing this blog has been my own discovery of weaknesses in my image portfolio.  The combination flower image has always been a challenge for me.  It is relatively easy to select and isolate single blooms.  But after a while, those images become almost hackneyed.

Getting a “bouquet” type of shot in a garden or other area is more difficult to pull off.   Flower beds — while pretty from a viewing distance — are often cluttered with elements that detract from the overall photographic image.  This is particularly true when you get in close for the image.  There are lots of opportunities, but it takes some work and maybe some luck to get the composition right.  Trying to do this has given me a new appreciation for the florists who put together the beautiful arrangements.  But even if I had that talent, it might be rather difficult to find that in the wild.  :-).  The opening image showed up a couple weeks ago.  I repeat it here, because I believe that – in 35 years’ worth of attempts, it is my favorite.

Red Day Lily Copyright  2006  Andy Richards

Red Day Lily
Copyright 2006 Andy Richards

Color mixes that work together are important. Filling space correctly is important. In order for an effective mixed flower shot, the photographer must successfully eliminate distracting foregrounds and spots that detract from the image by creating distracting area.

Blue Iris Copyright  1999  Andy Richards

Blue Iris
Copyright 1999 Andy Richards

It is also important to control depth of field so that the overall image is pleasing.  In the Iris image, I tried to find a pleasing color combination, while using the depth of field to highlight the main subject.  What you can see from my selected images here, is that I still tend to be shooting a single flower or variety, sometimes with others as a background element   I need to make “bouquet” images a challenge/project.  I may report back here at some point in the future.  🙂

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