Springtime is a wonderful time of the year for the most beautiful and bright colors of the spring flowers in bloom. I went to the Norfolk Botanical Garden in Norfolk, Virginia last week to capture some of this springtime color. In the Baker Garden area there were a lot of yellow and white daffodils that were still in bloom, purple and yellow pansies and some very gorgeous pink tulips.
On this late sunny afternoon at the gardens, I walked around these bright colored flowers photographing them with my Canon EOS 6D Mark II DSLR camera and my Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD Macro lens. I used the lens in the macro mode and actually handheld my camera and lens to take these flower images. Most other times, I would have mounted my camera and lens on a tripod, but this was a short trip to the botanical garden and I just decided to hand hold my camera and lens.
Since I was handholding my camera and lens, I did increase my ISO to 800 to make sure I had enough shutter speed to get sharp images. It was a little windy on this late afternoon, so I was also patient in waiting for the wind to die down before I snapped the shutter to take the photographs. In the two upper images of the single tulip and daffodil, I was able to take these images for a low perspective and was able to isolate the flowers to create a blur background for these two images. The blurred background allows the flower to stand out. I made sure that I moved the camera and lens around to various angles to make sure that I did not have any distracting elements in my background.
To create a blurred background to allow your main subject such as the tulip or daffodil to be emphasized, you want to use a wide aperture, have a large subject in your frame and have a distance between your main subject and the background that is to be blurred. The further away the background is from the main subject, the better the blur will be. It is best to be at ground level and and point your camera and lens level to the flower to take the photographs to blur the background in the distance instead of pointing the lens down towards the ground to take your photograph which would make the background too close to your subject preventing you from being able to adequately blur the ground.
In the above image of the pansies, I did point towards to the ground to take this image as the pansies were low to the ground, and I could not isolate a far in the distance background to blur. I still made sure I had a wide open aperture to make sure the background was not as sharp as the focal point of my pansies.
I enjoyed my short afternoon trip to the Norfolk Botanical Garden to photograph some of the beauty of the springtime color. I look forward to photographing more of the flowers as the spring progresses into summer and more and more flowers begin to bloom.
Hope you enjoy my first outdoor flowers of this spring.
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Lori A Cash
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