Flower Photography for a Rainy Day

Purple and white violet (viola).
A flower to photograph when it’s too wet and windy outdoors.

The weather has been quite wild here over the last week – very windy and wet too. (A huge change from the spring-like sunshine of late February.) So there has been no chance for anything staying still enough to take photographs outdoors.

Luckily, I have some plants in pots that have been sitting in the conservatory while they’re waiting for the ground to dry out enough for them to be planted in the garden. (There’s been a lovely scent of violets and primulas in there – I’ll miss it when the plants do go outside.)

I took the violet into my little studio space and set up my lights and a white background. It was only after I’d taken a few photos that I realised I had company…the unfortunate little violets had become home to some greenfly. It’s amazing how much more you can see in a close-up photograph compared to just looking straight at something. Now I have some nice sharp shots of greenfly, but somehow I don’t think they’ll be very useful to me! It didn’t take long to dust the wee devils off with a soft artists’ paintbrush. (Usually it’s cat hairs that I have to brush off – they can be practically invisible until you look at the photo magnified on the PC monitor.)

Centre of a violet.
The yellow and black centre of this violet makes me think of a bee.

You can see violets planted all over the place at this time of year in the UK. They’re cheap to buy and easily available everywhere, so they do get pretty much taken for granted. But I do love the colours, especially the way they blend into each other, giving a soft, almost watercolour effect.

Having the plant indoors made it easy to keep the flowers still while they were being photographed. When you’re working outdoors, movement in the slightest breeze is a big problem with macro photography.Β  The area of focus is so shallow that it takes very little to take your flower out of focus and, if you’re not watching carefully, it can be easy to miss the fact that the flower has moved.

Spending an afternoon indoors, taking photographs with plenty of light and being able to keep warm and dry felt like quite a luxury. However, there a flowers out in the garden that are still waiting for their chance to be photographed…so I’m hoping for some better weather next week!

High-key photograph of violets.
Playing with a high-key effect with these violets…

16 thoughts on “Flower Photography for a Rainy Day

    1. Thanks Ali! πŸ™‚ I think it’s all a little confusing – I mean, I have another white one that’s bigger, but not as big as the usual pansy – so which is it? Dunno! Maybe it’s easier just to refer to them all as violas…. hehe!

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    1. I’m happy that you enjoyed seeing them, Shelly! It’s lovely to have flowers inside because you get to see them closer-up and you’re more aware of them. πŸ™‚

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    1. Thanks Syd, I’m glad you like the photos! Lovely to have the violets all year round and having them inside means the scent is there too. πŸ™‚

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