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Say It With Flowers

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Flower studies are a fantastic way to use our photographic skills, they are so rewarding for their beauty and their colours and also quite demanding of our technique. The obvious thought is that a macro lens would be ideal, and that can be true, but I have actually found that my lens of choice is the telephoto zoom. This is so much more versatile in terms of compositon and of course in its ability to pull in a frame filling shot from flowers right at the back of large herbaceous borders. So, on APS-C I use a 55-300mm lens and on full frame I use a 70-300mm. At the long end, clearly the smaller format has a greater reach, but in practice both do just fine. Lighting of choice is bright overcast and a few raindrops on the flowers can be an added bonus. By using overcast days the excessive contrast of direct sun can be avoided.

Here is the usual selection of examples, with names, and the Picture This app on my iPhone is fantastic for properly identifying the subject. So much better than books of images, none of which match what we have. I actually photograph the screen image and the app has no problems using that to identify.

Rosa chinensis, Garden Rose
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Begonia cucullata, Wax Begonia
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Tropaeolum majus, Garden Nasturtium
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Phlox paniculata, Garden Phlox
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Dahlia pinnata
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Silene coronaria, Rose Campion
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Leucnthemum maximum, Shasta Daisy
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Papaver phoeas, Cornjh Poppy
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Rudbeckia laciniata, Cutleaf Coneflower
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Alcea rosea, Common Hollyhock
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Cistus crispus, Wrinkle-leaved rockrose
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Fuchsia magellanica, Hardy Fuchsia
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Cosmos bipinnatus, Garden Cosmos
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Cynara cardunculus, Cardoon
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Glebionis carinata, Triclour chrysanthemum
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