y passion for Botanical photography has been there right from when I started getting serious about taking photos. I have always been a keen gardener so naturally, one passion followed another.
I especially love roses (I think I have around fifty) so I am inspired to photograph them all. I grew a couple of dahlia last year; this year there are a few more almost flowering. Watch this space!
I love to capture close-up photos, most are done inside on a table and I like using a black background. Sometimes, depending on the time of day and how much light there is, I use a table lamp and/or a reflector. My favourite lens for this type of photography is a Tamron 90mm macro. I always use a tripod too.
I use Lightroom for post-processing and almost always desaturate the colour slightly, especially when photographing reds. I like a dark moody and vintage look.
It’s rewarding to look at a framed photo hanging on the wall and think “wow, I grew that and captured its beauty” but of course, not all of my botanical images are taken in my own garden.
The rose that you see here sits proudly on a photo shelf in my lounge, the dahlias grace the wall of my nephew and his wife in Australia.
I must admit that I lost motivation over the last lockdown, I was tired of photographing flowers and not being able to get out with my fellow photographers - I am motivated by joining small groups and learning new skills. I also enjoy landscape and portrait photography and my aim is to pursue these both a bit more in the future.
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