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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Photographing Roses : Some Experiences and Tips

Who doesn’t like roses? Is there anyone who doesn’t admire its beauty? I think there is no one like that. For me photographing flowers has been one of my favourite interests. As you can see in this blog, out of the 57 posts I have published till now, 23 of them have the tag – flowers, either about flowering plants, trees, or just flower photographs. And I will come with more and more flowers, as I explore more.

In this post I am sharing some pictures of rose flowers that I took and some of my experiences related to it, from the view of a naturalist, than that of a photographer - some things that I learned from photographing during different times of a day.

Photographing during the morning hours:



Photographing Roses


Morning is the precious time for all nature photographers as it is the time when everything is afresh. To add to the beauty, the leaves and flowers will be decorated with dew drops, like a diamond jewel, especially on mornings after a rain. So it is also the best time to shoot rose flowers, between 6:30 am and 10 am (10 is the maximum). This applies very well to garden flowers and rose being a garden flower. Wild flowers are usually under the shades of trees, so the effect of time is not much reflected on them.

Photographing Roses

Photographing Roses

During late evening:

From olden days itself, rose flowers have been a symbol of love. And roses, especially white roses look like an angel when the orange evening light falls on them. This is more pronounced during the few minutes before sunset. The golden rays of the Sun create a ring around the flower, if the flower faces East and setting Sun is in the background.

Photographing Roses

Photographing Roses


Photographing Roses

How to get this feeling on the photograph:

  • As I said earlier, the evening beauty is more for white roses, may be because white is a symbol of purity and all other tones and colors are easily reflected by them. Visit my earlier post in which you can see how a white rose looks in the natural sepia tone during the evening : White Rose. So look for white roses on which evening light falls.

  • Shoot from the right perspective. While photographing, your camera should be below or equal to the level of the flower. This is to give the flower an ‘elevated’ look, that is to make a feeling that the flower has a high position than the surroundings. So avoid shooting from the top.

  • If possible, try to include a bit of the evening sky in the frame.

  • Use a medium depth of field so that the background is not fully blurred, but somewhat blurred. For me, as I used a compact, its DOF was sufficient, as it cannot offer very shallow depth of field like a DSLR.

During Night:

The complete beauty of flowers can be photographed during night, as all the other things in the background will be in dark in the absence of Sunlight. Only the flower and a few leaves would be lit. For this make correct use of the camera flash. Try to give an artistic feel. The else depend on our imagination – the angle, how much light should fall on the flower etc. Be careful that the flower is not over exposed. 

Photographing Roses

Photographing Roses

So this is what I learned. All these things written here are only my experiences or ideas – you may have different ideas and if you are an experienced, you might find some mistakes in my photos also. I am not a professional and also I don’t have much experiences in using SLRs. All these photos given in this post are taken with a compact point and shoot camera. But I am eager to learn new things in photography and I am learning more and more as I take photos. I also plan to prepare a post about photographing flowers in general, in a later time, so keep in touch.

Be free to express your own ideas and experiences in photographing rose flowers. Be sure to share your knowledge in the comments below, so that it will help me also.

Hope you liked this one.


18 comments:

  1. de roor dat is toch wel de bloem.

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  2. the dew drops make the flowers look even more delicate. but i like the magic of the evening light, too.

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  3. Beautiful clicks...
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  4. Very good tips to accompany your beautiful shots of my favourite flower.

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  5. nice tips and good photograph

    thanks

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  6. You're so right; the dew and twilight do add some great effects to the flowers. Good tips, Abhinav. Lovely pictures as always.

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  7. Very pretty roses.

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  8. beautiful flowers and pics.
    the tips are the icing on the cake.. thanks.

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  9. very touchy abhinav. excellent work. hats off.

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  10. Hi Abhinav,

    All of them are Awesome. It was so great to read all the techniques you applied while clicking them. I especially liked the night clicks.
    Me too love photography and that too include capturing nature beauty. Have to learn a lot from you :-)

    Thank you so much for sharing!

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  11. Baby pinks are my fav shots!

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  12. Truly awesome clicks.Super Like.

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  13. Beautiful shots of the garden.

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  14. Wow, perfect Shot. i like your pic.

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  15. Excellent pictures! Love those tips since I am very amateur at photography, these are surely things that I can keep in mind. Many thanks for sharing, Abhinav.

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  16. I too prefer morning for taking pictures... Thanks for your tips; I learn something about shooting flowers from you. I never tried on flowers in night, and taking pictures from wheel chair many of my flower photos were captured little above from the flowers.

    Your photos are very interesting and beautiful indeed. Keep sharing Abhinav :)

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  17. Hello!
    Nice to see such a beautiful blog.
    Your photos are fantastic. A rose is the most beautiful flowers.
    I love roses.
    I am very happy that I visited in the distant Poland.
    I hope you will visit me yet.
    Have a nice weekend.
    Lucia

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  18. amazing and one of my favourite flowers ..


    Bikram's

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