Flower photography doesn't just have to be done in the garden. Walk or drive off your street and you'll find flowers in pots, baskets, barrels on roundabouts and hanging from lamposts waiting to be photographed.
|Taken outside a church at Hooton Roberts by David Pritchard.
Your macro or telezoom, such as the Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro VC USD or Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD, will get you in close to the hanging baskets while a wider lens such as the Tamron AF10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II LD Asph Macro will let you take shots of shops, roads and streets decorated with spring flora. If you don't have a wide angle lens just stand a little further back with your telezoom to create a shot with a different perspective.
As you'll be in a town centre full of shoppers a flash may be obtrusive, but one would be useful if it's a particularly breezy day as it will help reduce motion blur. A beanbag is a smaller support so won't get in the way if you need some help with keeping the shot steady and you'll also find the camera's self-timer, or if you have one, a remote release useful.
You can get inbetween the flowers and really focus on one, throwing the background out of focus with a large aperture or how about getting a flower eye view? If the flowers are in an interesting container such as an old barrel, take a step back and make it part of the feature. Don''t forget to look up for interesting shop signs with hanging baskets near them to give this popular technique a twist. Search out churches and other buildings surrounded by flowers as these can make great natural frames and don't forget to get the odd shot of an entire street in bloom – it's something our councils are very proud of after all.