It may seem funny but even though I am a family travel and photography blogger I have not been able to get out of the house much this whole year. I had surgery on my big toe which has limited my walking a great deal. Since March Fizz has been getting stuck into her GCSE revision which means we can’t go on holiday. If you follow me on Instagram you will know that recently Belle has been quite ill. That has dragged on for over a month. I am really getting to know my four walls!
Thankfully I have plenty of travel experiences and photos which I have still not got onto the blog. In fact I have so many I wonder if I will ever manage it all.
A Garden for Flower Photos
To get outdoors for a change of scene, I am always grateful at this time of year to be able to visit my in-laws garden. It’s just a twenty minute drive away. Not only is there always a cup of tea and a biscuit on offer, but their award-winning garden is abundant in Spring flowers. This is where I shot my pasque flower photo which won me my first photography trophy. The sun sets low across the garden and the light shines through petals and leaves.
Camera settings and tips
I took these photos with my Sony compact which shoots high quality RAW images. The only disadvantage is that in dazzling sun the viewfinder shape is not adequate to block out glare from around my eye. With my DSLR I could have got my eye closer and better protected from glare. So with the Sony I couldn’t entirely see what I was shooting. I’ve done this enough times before to be able to get some nice pictures but it was not a precise exercise.
As it was broad sunlight, I set the ISO quite low (I think I left it on 200) and used the P setting to dial the aperture quite wide. To get nice bokeh you need the aperture wide but to get sharp sunbeams you need the aperture small. It’s a compromise. I used f4. That ISO and aperture gave me a really fast shutter speed which made life easy.
Who can resist taking flower photos? Do you have a favourite that you have taken, and how did you achieve the shot? Let me know in the comments.