Summer Flowers

June 27, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

The muggy early summer days here in Atlanta sometimes seem unbearable. However the lush foliage we have here really makes it bearable for anyone who enjoys watching the little bees and other insects flitting around in the garden. We have a nearby Butterfly House at Calloway Gardens just south of the city and it is pretty amazing to just walk around with your camera in hand (or on a tripod in my case) and capture the little fellows as they flit about. There they have many kinds that I have never seen in nature. Butterflies hatch out there and The Gardens have an exhibit which explains much about insects and butterflies in general. Their beauty is a sight well worth seeing camera in hand. The insects will often land on you. Such a good experience is good to have whenever you have the time.

I grow several kinds of interesting plants in the yards of some of my rental properties and at my home. Thus I can almost always find something of interest to photograph nearby. Blooms of interest this time of ear most certainly include most of the day lily family of which I have several types. Purple IrisPurple Iris The Iris plants and my roses seem to come first followed by the various lilies lining my fences and wall areas. Peace RosePeace Rose The Tiger lily is one of my favorites and it is looking especially happy and prolific now. it is fun to take one image and play with the settings in Photoshop to change the colors of the saturation most of the time to make them look special. Tiger LiliesTiger Lilies The fun part of these lilies is the never ending choice of color that you can find. Many of these flowers require special macro equipment to enable your camera to focus closely and get detail that most cameras are unable to capture. DianthusDianthus Bloom All of these images were shot with regular lenses without filters of any kind. I do use a tripod on most of my work because of a personal handicap but most photographers are able to shoot such imagery handheld! The Dianthus above is a tiny flower that usually is seen in pots and places where more delicate flowers are used. I always encourage photographers to shoot year round in order to stay in practice and to hone their craft! Nature is free for you to enjoy and is there to see and use so get your cameras and shoot flowers while the heavy bloom season is here!


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