Flowers in the Rain

Floral macro photography can be very rewarding; and there are many different techniques & styles. The other evening it came on to rain lightly, just as darkness was falling, and this gave me the opportunity to take a few shots that I have been waiting to do. Whilst I do take some controlled studio shots I much prefer to take natural uncontrived shots with the subject untouched. This is definitely the place for fine manual focus & ring flash units. I’m not going to babble on, I’d rather let the images speak for themselves …

_MG_7615  Water Lily closing for the night.


_MG_7612  Gladioli bloom in darkness.

A little ambient light is helpful to assist you with manual focus, so dusk is the moment for this. Also don’t forget to avoid getting your equipment too damp! 

_MG_7601  Rose & Droplets


_MG_7614  Iris Leaf

Whilst an SLR, with the right lenses & flash, is definitely no hindrance, you can achieve pretty interesting results with your digicam set to macro/close-up/flower mode. Just be careful of your lighting, the on camera flash will not illuminate an object that is very close to the camera. Experiment with a penlight torch, use a tripod, use the cameras self-timer; there’s lots of creative fun to be had.


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  • Bea

    September 8, 2007 at 3:45 pm Reply

    Lovely pictures. I particularly like the one of the rose. It fascinates me how nature seems to have an infinite palette of colours and how we often miss the delicate hues until we see pictures like these. Very impressed.

  • antamuk

    September 8, 2007 at 9:56 pm Reply

    Thankyou Bea 🙂 I’m glad you like them & yes where would we be without nature’s beauty?

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