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ust look at the freshness conjured up by the drops of water on the inside of this apple blossom. The stamens lead the eye from

the top-left of the image to the third point at the bottom-right, and the colour change that moves imperceptibly from white to dark green is stunning. This image also displays perfect exposure and good depth of field.

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background, and the decision to stand the glass on a piece of blue slate is a stroke of genius. The blue in the slate offsets the purple and green of the flowers. Take time to think through your background and props, and consider what adds to the effectiveness of a photo.

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ere are simple violets in an antique medicine glass. The selective focus blurs out the

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arly morning forays can produce spectacular shots if you catch a bloom that’s still encased in

frost, such as this lily. Patterns on petals and stems can be at their most interesting when they’re coated in a natural frosting. This is also a great time of day to catch flowers that are bedecked with spiders’ webs highlighted by dew.

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hooting a flower from beneath and using the sky as a backdrop can produce a striking graphic image. The increased

contrast defines the skeletal frame of these long-dead hogweed heads. The use of sunlight hitting the stalk from the left adds golden highlights, which contrast well with the blue sky.

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form when they’re shot from above. The yellow petals are so vibrant and plentiful that the point of interest and the pattern in this image becomes the spaces between the flowers. The contrast between the yellow and dark green works perfectly. Remember to use a small aperture for enough depth of field – this will ensure that all the flower heads are in focus.

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group of flowers of all the same type, like these chrysanthemums, can take on an abstract

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ot all floral shots need to be pin sharp. This image of a poppy benefits from

the blurring, which can be introduced in-camera or created by some postprocessing effect using a Diffuse Glow filter, or by adding Guassian blur to a second layer and knocking back its opacity. Experiment with diffuse effects, but remember to make sure your lighting comes from behind.

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tight focus with a narrow depth of field captures the essence of this snow drop. The steely, blue-

tinged background with the unfocused highlights from glinting water droplets really add to the freshness of the image.

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particular have a delicacy and structure that lend themselves to photography. This shot of a star gazer lily, for instance, shows how you don’t have to photograph the whole bloom for a stunning result. The crop and tight focus on the flower stamen reveal a superbly delicate texture and an infinite array of colour shades

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ature presents some of the best photo opportunities. Flowers in

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foreground flowers and the parched grass. The sunrise behind the mountain and the way the light touches the wispy clouds with a dash of pink is masterly. The image has had its contrast enhanced and a graduated filter applied to the sky. Try this wide-angle technique yourself, but remember to get up early for the best results.

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his stunning photo of sunflowers has a great depth of interest and effective contrast between the

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his classic shot uses a neutral background that has been lit to show a smooth gradient effect. The background doesn’t clash with the gerbera,

but it’s dark enough to delineate the form of the petals. A soft light from the right, coupled with a weak overhead illumination gives the whole flower a very soft and pleasing appearance. This type of lighting effect can be achieved well with flash, as long as it’s diffused with something like white cotton or muslin.

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