10 Tips for taking great flower photos when you’re at home or away.

Wildflowers, Western Australia by Jill Harrison

Wildflowers, delicate and colourful but not always easy to photograph well.

Spring in Western Australia. I love it. Everything is fresh and new after the winter rains and the colours are amazing.

Yes, it’s wild flower season in WA which means that the forests, coastal paths and even patches of open countryside are blooming with colour.

Join talented photographer, Jill Harrison today who’s Guest Posting with some great tips about how to get the best from a wildflower photography trip.

Thanks for some wonderful tips Jill! Take it away!

Get out and about in natural bushland with your camera

It’s likely that you will always find something flowering somewhere in the Australian bush. But during spring the browns and greens of the bush erupt in a dazzling display of colour. I find nothing more relaxing than spending time  with my camera enjoying our beautiful natural environment. Even in our urban environments there is often a patch of bush where you will find wildflowers and you don’t need to be a professional photographer to enjoy wildflower photography.

A few simple tips, planning, time and care to compose and focus will produce good results.

How to photograph Wildflowers, Western Australia by Jill Harrison

West Australian flowers. Best time for flower photography is from July to November.

To get the best from your wildflower photography trip, start by planning around the time of year and how far you want to travel.   Influenced by rain and sunshine and boasting up to 12,000 known species, the Western Australian wildflower season spreads over several months starting from July in the north till November in the south. Each region has unique wildflower species due to environmental differences such as soil type, fauna, plant systems, geography, and weather. So visit local tourist information centres for the latest information on what is flowering where, as the best locations can vary depending on the season and rainfall.

10 Tips for great flower photos

  •  Carry spare camera batteries and memory cards, and a comfortable waterproof back pack to carry your gear.
  • Use the “flower” close up symbol on your camera or aperture priority to limit your depth of field. This will blur and soften the background placing the emphasis on the wildflower.  Remember small F-stop small equals small depth of field.
  • In low light a tripod will help eliminate camera shake, help achieve sharp focus and allow you to shoot at a slower shutter speed without using a flash.
  • A reflector will help get more light onto your subject.
  • Take multiple shots and vary the angle.
  • If there is a breeze use your jacket as a windbreak to stop plant movement.
  • Whilst a macro lens is preferred for wildflower photography it is not essential. The images shown here were taken with a close up filter fitted to the front of my lens. This will produce good results at a fraction of the cost.
  • Photograph the flower, leaves and environment, or take notes to assist with identification in a wildflower book later.
  • Take images that show the flower in its environment to help tell the whole story.
  • Stopping the car and walking into the bush will give you the opportunity to find flowers you won’t see whilst driving along the highway.

6 places around Bunbury in Western Australia, where you can  bush walk and take great flower photos are:_

  1. Manea Park College Grove
  2. The Maidens Walk
  3. The Tuart Forest
  4. Leschenault Penninsula
  5. Bushland at cnr Parade Rd & Westwood Street Bunbury
  6. Crooked Brook Forest Dardanup.

When I am unable to get away for a wildflower drive, I am lucky to have a lovely little patch of bush near our home in suburbia – it is a peaceful retreat from our busy lives.

Jill Harrison has a passion for Wildflower and food photography. She has been writing freelance for Australian magazines such as Go Camping Australia and On The Road magazine since 2002. Jill is a contributor to Getty Images, and is a member of South Side Quills in Bunbury and the Fellowship of Australian Writers Western Australia. She is happiest when out Travelling or Bushwalking with her camera.

Adding this post to  Mosaic Monday at Dear Little Red House Blogspot. Why not pop over and see the other lovely Mosaic Posts.

Also at Travel Photo Thursday on Budget Travellers Sandbox where there are some awesome travel photos.

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Comments

  1. Thanks Jo, for having me has a guest writer on your fabulous blog.
    Jill Harrison recently posted..Camp food – Western Australian wheatbelt granite outcropsMy Profile

  2. Thanks for a great Guest Post, Jill! I’m already using your helpful photography tips :)

  3. Oh Bummer. If only I’d read all this BEFORE our recent trip round WA!
    Red Nomad OZ recently posted..Wind, Water and the Lost Art of Whale-Sexing!My Profile

  4. Oh Red! You take perfectly divine photos of your subject matter anyway :)

  5. I love your flowers photos Jill, so I will certainly be following your tips.
    jenny@atasteoftravel recently posted..Colourful CamogliMy Profile

  6. Agree, Jenny. Jill takes the most stunning photos, flowers, food and scenery. Thanks for your comments :)

  7. Thanks so much for your comments Red, Jenny & Jo. Wildflower photography has become such a passion of mine since the advent of digital photography, I just can’t stop myself taking photos of them – just ask my husband! Thanks Jo for the great opportunity to share a few simple tips to help other people enjoy wildflower photography too. I think we are so lucky in Australia, particularly in the south west of WA, to have such an amazing array of wildflowers. I look forward to spring every year.
    Jill Harrison recently posted..Camp food – Western Australian wheatbelt granite outcropsMy Profile

  8. Pleasure Jill – looking forward to the next one ;) Yes, the South West is a bit of a chocolate box with regards lots of different flowers and colours in the Spring, isn’t it.

  9. Janette says:

    Great work Jill. With all that lousy weather you managed to get some terrific shots

  10. She did, didn’t she!

  11. Thanks Janette. Actually cloudy days are great for wildflower photography as you have an even light and don’t have the harsh sunlight dark shadows problem.
    Jill Harrison recently posted..Dryandra woodland in the early morning light, Western AustraliaMy Profile

  12. Now I have reason to be more interested in flower photography on gloomy days – instead of putting it off and waiting for the sun!

  13. It will be a while before I’m taking any flower photos here in Calgary as we’re blanketed in snow. Good tips – and I must remember to buy a cheap reflector and throw it in my bag. I can’t get over the number of flowers western Australia has.
    Leigh McAdam (@hikebiketravel) recently posted..A Quick Visit to Cedar Breaks National Monument in UtahMy Profile

  14. Sounds brrrr, chilly in Calgary, Leigh! Wonder if the area erupts in wild flowers in Springtime? Yes, WA is a-blush with flowers at this time of year:)

  15. Great tips! We have gotten more and more into photographing flowers. It seems like sometimes you can capture such a rich color and the texture of the leaves and petals. Fun to look at!
    jade recently posted..Photography Tour of Old San JuanMy Profile

  16. Flower photography is fun isn’t it? And so diverse. Thanks for commenting Jade and good luck with your own photography too :)

  17. Dick Jordan
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    Nice shots, good tips.
    Dick Jordan recently posted..Travel Photo Thursday: Take Me Out to The BallgameMy Profile

  18. Thanks Dick. Glad you liked them. Jill is a wonderful photographer :)

  19. Thank you Leigh, Jade and Dick. I hope these few simple tips will help you enjoy flower photography as much as I do.
    Jill Harrison recently posted..Artist’s trail around Bunbury, Western AustraliaMy Profile

  20. Thanks Dick!

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