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.
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:_
- Manea Park College Grove
- The Maidens Walk
- The Tuart Forest
- Leschenault Penninsula
- Bushland at cnr Parade Rd & Westwood Street Bunbury
- 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.
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Also at Travel Photo Thursday on Budget Travellers Sandbox where there are some awesome travel photos.
Have you any tips for travel or flower photography that you could share?