Living in Ottawa means that every May, we are treated to the annual Canadian Tulip Festival. For the uninitiated, the Canadian Tulip Festival is one of the largest events of its kind in the world. It celebrates the enduring friendship between Canada and the Netherlands, which began when Canada harboured the Dutch Royal family during World War II. For at least ten days this year, the city will be transformed into a brilliant kaleidoscope of colour. It is an excellent opportunity to test your skill at flower photography, but of course you can photograph beautiful flowers anywhere. In fact, I believe that flowers are the second most popular subject to photograph—after people.
The obvious reason to want to photograph flowers is for their natural beauty: a tapestry of colours, textures and forms. Since they will never appear the same on any two occasions, the camera provides us with a means of immortalizing their fleeting images. How can you go wrong photographing a flower? But there is more to it than merely approaching an unsuspecting bud, sticking your camera up close and taking a snapshot. You want an image that will reflect your imagination and give the subject matter a new dimension. So, how do you do it? Since the city is awash with tulips, it only makes sense to write about photographing them as a beautiful example. Check out my seven tips.
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