This beautiful rose flower was seen in the front garden of a house on the High Street of Sailsbury just around the corner from Salisbury Cathedral. I find the two biggest problems with flower photography are trying to get low enough to view the flower at a good angle and most importantly getting a background that isn’t distracting. Some might say that the brick wall behind this flower is distracting, but using a shallow depth of field I made sure the stonework was as blurred as my lens could make it and I feel that the colours of the bricks complement the lovely soft pinks of this rose flower.
Climbing up a hill near Tarn Hows to see if there was a better view of the lake from a height, I came across this lovely bunch of daffodils right at the top of the hill. Obviously I got down on my knees and incorporated them into my photograph. It was difficult to get the image I thought I could get when I originally spotted them because of the trees between the flowers and water and the lie of the land, but this was the best I could do in the situation.
There were hundreds of daffodils in the Lake District when I was last there as it was the perfect time of the year for them. Most of my early flower photography focused on the flower head with no consideration for the backgrounds, which can be extremely distracting if not handled correctly. Well here I focused on finding a daffodil flower with the sun light shining on it, but with a stone wall a few feet behind the flower in shadow. Getting really low I was able to capture this photograph which almost looks as if I have turned the background black and white.
These lovely purple flowers were photographed in the Stratford-Upon-Avon Butterfly Farm. I was mainly photographing the beautiful butterflies (once my camera had got used to the humidity and would focus again). I had a couple of butterflies sat on this flower, but in the end they moved too fast for me to get a good photograph. However I liked the sharpness and colour of these flowers on their own. If anyone knows the name of this plant I would love to know more information about it in the comments below.