I discovered some Granny’s Bonnet – or aquilegia, or columbine, or any number of other names, so I’m told – growing in the garden yesterday, and thought it was so lovely I’d pick a sprig to photograph.
It seems to have developed into something of an obsession.
First, I had to get all set up with coloured paper for a background, and the right light (natural), coming from the right angle, which gave me an opportunity to play around with my new reflector. And of course, I had to experiment with different-coloured papers, and different angles, and focusing on different blooms.
Then I decided it merited a bit of macro treatment – which made me realise how badly I need a much sturdier tripod than the one I have. The close-up pics have come out well enough for posting on the internet, but they wouldn’t get past a picture library checker.
It’s made me realise, too, that I need to expand my range of backgrounds – I much prefer to set up with a nice background than to Photoshop one in later – so I think a trip to a craft shop might be in order. Some sort of easel would be useful too – bits of paper sellotaped to the back of a dining chair standing on the kitchen table isn’t the most professional of studio set-ups…
But I persevered, and tried yellow, blue and green backgrounds, and I’m quite pleased with the results. I think I like the cool blue best. What do you think?