I love flowers, I like the scent, shapes and colors, but I am not a very good gardener so I try to visit public flower gardens in places that I visit.
Taking pictures of flowers is a great way to practice your photo skills, unless it is windy they will sit in one spot and let you practice for hours. You can learn how to control your depth of field (this is what makes the background detailed or fuzzy) and try different compositions. You don’t have to have a macro lens (they take really amazing closeups and I do want one) you can take some really great images with any camera or lens you have. Get as close as you can and try to capture the details about each unique flower.
I have taken a lot of flower images, here are some of my favorite
Going to garden shows is also another place to see a lot of different flowers but sometimes the lighting is not very good. For the best results take your flower photos outside in natural light. When I get a bunch of flowers from the hubby (rare but it happens once in a while) I take them outside to photograph.
Another one of my favorite things to watch are butterflies, probably since they are often on the flowers I am taking photos of. Butterflies are the only kind of bug that I can even imagine taking a photo of, their colors are so beautiful. They fly quickly and it is hard to get near them. In order to take photos you need to have a zoom lens so you don’t have to get too close and have lots of patience, they don’t seem to stay still. I find it easier to take a shot when they have landed on a flower. Going to a butterfly house will give you the opportunity to practice with a lot of butterflies and flowers. Here are a few butterfly images I have taken.
This is actually a moth, not a butterfly but it had beautiful colors.
Like the old saying goes “stop and smell the flowers” but also stop and photograph the flowers.