Wednesday, 17th October 2018 was a dull and overcast day, but this is not necessarily a bad thing for photographing autumn colour. All the pictures were handheld on a Nikon Coolpix P7800, and the slide show was assembled using Proshow Producer.
When I saw this Leucojum aestivum at my local garden centre, I just knew it would photograph well. Nevertheless, it needed a stack of ten images to achieve all-over sharpness.
Canon 5D Mkiii
Canon 100mm macro lens
Processed with Helicon Focus
I’m always on the lookout for interesting plants that might make good subjects for my style of photography, and the Malvern Spring Show is one of those horticultural events that provides plenty of inspiration. This year was I was attracted by the Gold Medal winning display of cacti from Southfield Nurseries. These are exactly the sorts of plants that have the patterns, textures and colours that can be explored with my macro lenses.
While I love gardening, I think it’s only fair to say that my main motivation is in having access to interesting and photogenic plants so that I can photograph them at the best. We seem to be in the mid-May rainy season at the moment, but I took advantage of a brief sunny spell to photograph a couple of plants.