Spring has sprung and soon Bluebells will be decorating our woodlands and gardens. As you can shoot wide landscapes showing blankets of bluebells as well as macro images of a single flower, a zoom lens would be handy as this will allow you to have various focal lengths at your finger-tips without the weight of several lenses.
A zoom lens, the Tamron 18-270mm PZD to be precise, is what site member David Pritchard used to capture the shot above of Spanish Bluebells in his garden as part of his 365-day photo challenge. This particular image was taken with a 20mm extension tube attached to the 18-270 PZD.
You'll also need a tripod and a waterproof sheet or a gardener's kneeling pad to keep you off the damp ground.
Use your wide-angle lens with a small aperture to capture a landscape that has a carpet of blue and purple shades.
Isolate an individual flower, focusing on the details and patterns on the head.
Use a wide aperture to blur everything apart from a band of particularly interesting, prime specimens.
Wait for an insect to land on a bloom to give added interest.
More Bluebell photography tips can be found on ePHOTOzine
. To see more of David's work, take a look at his blog