A photographic dog walk with a focus … what yellow flowers can I capture – the sun is shining, the bright yellow flowers make me think of warm sunshine and summer days … so I am going to photograph some of the yellow flowers in their nature settings in fairly bright sunlight with my 100 mm lens – handheld.
These are today’s images.
It is easy to separate a flower from the background with a shallow depth of field – but you need a fast shutter speed to account for movement from the breeze and you have to be aware of highlights on the petals from bright sunlight as well as shadows.
A shallower depth of field enables me to select a group of flowers but make them appear at different heights. I choose an odd number for balance and the flowers were deliberately selected for their curved (linear) shape.
A larger depth of field, a different flower, but here I felt it was important to get the texture of all the different layers.
Alternating between single flowers and groups of flowers, these primroses were growing wild in the woodland that I visited – the spot is well know for bluebells which are starting to grow there too… so I am hoping to revisit the area. I wanted to make sure the flowers stood out from the dark woodland floor.
A flower I associate with summer is the Daisy – this one was growing on the roadside – this is where details are really noticeable… and although we had had a little rain earlier you can see the dirt kicked up by the traffic on the delicate petals.
Yellow and green works well together, but so does yellow and blue so instead of looking down at the surroundings I had a go at looking up: The focus I don’t think was quite right for this one as the photo is not really sharp.
Another try – this time Gorse against the blue sky, amazingly with the same settings, but this time in a more sheltered spot, and much better focused.
Changing angles though and the Gorse has a completely different feel, as well as a whole lot less light was able to enter the shutter… but this did leave to some lovely natural bokeh in the background.
My final shot of yellow that I am going to share it this one, taken at F7.1, handheld and cropped in photoshop – I just love the way the insects wings are lit up with iridescent light.