Snow drops and macro magic

Three white snowdrop flowers closed in a bell shape amidst grass

Snowdrops in February signal the turn towards spring. They are small so get down low and up close to see their elegant shape. ©paul.carroll

photographicview53 2013

A single snowdrop is a great macro subject. ©Paul Carroll

A wee project this year will be to try to capture the best known seasonal flowers in Scotland. They let us know we are moving through the changes in temperature, time and light.

One of the most welcome is the snowdrop. It signals relief from the long winter darkness and that spring is around the corner. They emerge late January/ early February and potentially up to mid March.

When photographing wild flowers a good idea is to get low down with them. Take them from their own world as this lets the viewer see a perspective they often don’t. Most people look at flowers from above. Anything that lets us see them from a different angle is immediately more interesting.

Macro photography is a great way to take advantage of an overcast day. The clouds act like a big light diffuser and take away the problem of managing hard shadows or burnt out highlights.

Opening up the aperture to under F5 and towards F2.8 also creates the blurred background that makes the subject standout. Be careful though as your depth of field will be very narrow so careful attention to focussing is required.

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About photographicviewscotland

Photographers of Scotland's landscape and remote places and arts and craft makers. Mhairi is also making needle felted animals under the name of the Woof in the Wool. We live in Abernethy in Perthshire, Scotland.
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3 Responses to Snow drops and macro magic

  1. v4vikey says:

    White beauty…….. great photo…….

  2. LensScaper says:

    I wonder how long it took to find such a perfect trio of Snowdrops!? We have a lot down the end of our garden and I am just waiting for a decent day to get out there and get some images myself

    • As it turned out these were at the foot of our garden. A bit of luck although I did takes loads from all over near where we live. I was looking for perfect specimens own their own rather than a big group so I knew when I saw them.

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