It's time to take wildflower pictures again and I
thought I would offer my own thoughts and tips
on taking pictures that will set you apart from the
crowd. It is pretty hard to take a bad picture of a
flower, so turning it around, I would say it is also
pretty hard to take a unique picture of a
wildflower. I have no problem with anyone just
shooting a pretty picture, but personally I want
more than just a documentary photo. Here are
my thoughts on how to be different.
I believe the hallmark of a good photo is long
dynamic range and nuance. I like dark, but
textured, darks, and light, but texured, lights. I
want both ends of the possible shadings of light if
I can possibly get it. I think it animates a picture
and makes it emotional.
Another thing I do is look for something very
different. When walking through the forest, I
focus on the play of light, on shadow, on the lines
and forms of different potential subject flowers. Is
there a story to be told?