Monday, February 29, 2016



This is a two part special on SPRING !!!   Yea !!  Is it here  !   Well, for  most of us, it is here, on and off!  We have a few good days, then we have the cold storms still, but, then it gets nice again, and that's kind of how spring is around the world.  So, it's a great time to get excited to get out and take pictures of spring things!  So, what do we take pictures of in the spring?  Well, spring is a renewal of the earth, and I think the one thing that we first notice is the new flower and birds that come back to us each year.  So, with that, I have put together some of the most beautiful collection of photos from around the world of flowers, birds, and those things that spring brings to us.  So, enjoy this gallery of great "spring things".  Then at the end, I will have just one more course on how to take great photos in the spring !


Photo credit:  Saochan 1931
(Something we see a lot of this time of year:  the fruit tree blossom!  They are very beautiful
especially if you can get a good closeup like this and see the delicate nature of the blossom)

Photo credit: Ahmet Kemal Solmaz
(One of the first signs of spring is the emergence of the tulip.  A beautiful flower, and
now in so many designs and shapes, they have become a symbol of spring)  

Photo Credit:  Dariusz Bibik
(Another flower of the spring is the beautiful "crocus".  So small, but, one of the most
beautiful flowers of spring.  Get close to really enjoy this flower.)

Photo credit:  Gil Gautier

Photo by Filippo Barbaria
(Spring is a time for new puppies and kittens.  It seems like the new animals are all out in spring, right?)

To take interesting photos of nature, you don’t need go to some exotic place. Just step out of your door and turn around. Someone has planted flowers in front of the building? That could be the perfect place to trigger a few photos! For some unusual and interesting flower photography, take a trip to nature, maybe to park or a forest. But first, check out what we found:

flower, purple, green
photo by Ram Yoga
pink, flower
photo by Bowen Chin
yellow, flower, garden, springplant
photo by Felix Meyer
purple, flower, lines
photo by photophile

photo by Felix Meyer
spring, color, beauty, flower
photo by Bonnie Tsang
purple, yellow, blue, flower
photo by Mark Freeth
tulips, red, flower
photo by Ken Slade
sunflower, field, flower
photo by mrhayata
Short of ideas and inspiration when you want to go out and shoot some photographs? If you have a garden, then step outside your door and into a world of inspiration. There is just so much to shoot—and right on your doorstep. Here are some great keys to having fun as you learn digital photography in your backyard.
flower photography
“serendipity” captured by aenimation
I have always enjoyed shooting in my garden, as there are so many different subjects and ideas. But of course, flowers are most times the winners; with their amazing colors, it’s always time for photos. Let’s take a look at some ideas.

Don’t just stand in front of a beautiful flower bed and press the shutter button expecting amazing images. It doesn’t happen like that. Besides the fact that most amateur photographers do this, it just doesn’t make a great image. Think before you shoot. Move around and use your feet this time instead of your head. If there is an obstruction, move it or climb over it. It’s your job to get the shot. Once you see what your images look like from different angles, you’ll be hooked for life.

If you haven’t already taken photos while on your stomach or on your back, then swallow your pride and try it out. Of course if you are in your own garden then it’s no problem. Getting down low allows you to explore an angle that is seldom used. How many people do you see lying down in public on their stomachs or backs? If you could see the great photos that result from these embarrassing positions, you’d be doing it all the time. I still get a little shy when shooting like this in public, though.
garden flower photography
“Rain drops on the petal” captured by Pavlina Jane

Get up nice and high by climbing a tree or raising your hand above your head and shooting. By doing this, your perspective changes totally. You can shoot like this zoomed in or using a wide angle. Either way will result in a unique image. Just standing on a chair or a short ladder will add a new dimension to your garden photography. A quick tip here—always maintain your self-awareness and know where you are at all times. You don’t want to step back off a chair or ladder.

Don’t be afraid to clean up a little or do a bit of spring cleaning in the area where you’re shooting. Tidy up the leaves on the ground and remove any dead foliage. This clutter is not necessary in the image, and you probably would’ve cleaned it anyway if you were doing the gardening. There’s nothing worse than an out of place brown leaf in a colorful photo. You can even use a little garden wire to support a flower so that it stays in the right place against your background.
garden photography tips
“He Is Risen!” captured by Debra Vanderlaan

Often when we are doing flower photography we forget that by getting close up the depth of field gets shallower and we need longer shutter speeds to let in enough light. Hand holding at a slow shutter speed means more vibration and a blurry image. A tripod allows you to slow down the shutter speed and get zero movement from your hand
Flower photography in the garden is very rewarding. Be prepared to experiment and break the rules. Who knows, you might come up with some stunning shots. If after the first time you don’t succeed, keep trying. Practice make perfect, as the old adage goes. Happy shooting!
About the Author:
Wayne Turner has been teaching photography for 25 years and has written three books on photography. 

Thanks to PictureCorrect and Wayne Turner for the extra insights on how to take great photos of flowers in the spring.  
Don't miss Thursday's special of "Photos of the week.  Some really good ones have already been found.