This past weekend I took time out from our family reunion to look around my sister-in-law's beautiful garden in Virginia Beach and got closer to the color and shape and wonder that is present in flowers. I used my macro lens (which gave some interesting effects as it fogged up in the 104 degree weather). I became totally mesmerized at these miniature worlds within worlds.
On page 104 of The Creative Photographer I talk about the captivating essence of flowers in the Exploration called "Flower Power":
"There is so much beauty in flowers. Once you start photographing them, you can become enchanted by the perfect details, the color, and sometimes the minute life forms that live in them.
Get down to the level of the flower as if you were having a conversation with it. Get as close as your camera will allow. Look at the background. Is it simple and uncluttered? What color is it? Does the color enhance the flower or detract from it?
I love blurred backgrounds with images of flowers. Flowers are primarily about color and shape, and blurring the background - and even parts of the flower - allow us to focus on the color and form. If your camera has an Aperture Priority mode, this is a great time to use it. Set your camera to its smallest f/stop (which equates to its largest lens opening), such as f/2.8 or f/5.6."