June highlights in floral photography

Sweet peas and sunshine - a bit of a heat wave, and plenty to photograph.

The peonies stole the show this month:

This was one of my favourite darker images from June. I used a bit of HDR blending to keep the detail in the peonies and sweet williams - you can see how to do this in the post I link to at the end.

X-T1, 50mm, ISO 200, f8, 1/7, tripod, 3 image HDR blend

X-T1, 50mm, ISO 200, f8, 1/7, tripod, 3 image HDR blend

I'm getting a bit bolder with my hand ties. Sometimes they work, sometimes they don't. I'm aiming for a much bigger, asymmetric bouquet. I was most pleased with the last one - the one with Plantpassion's last anemone of the season.

British Flowers Week is always a treat. It's fabulous to see the profile of British flowers raised all over social media, and I enjoyed meeting the florists who visited Plantpassion for her urn workshop. It was a hot, hot day. Here we are in the shade:


My favourite shoot this month was with Whispers & Snippets. I shot their beautiful floral swing in an idyllic Cotswolds setting, for The British Flowers Book:

X-T1, 130mm, ISo 250, f2.8, 1/70

X-T1, 130mm, ISo 250, f2.8, 1/70

Don't forget your phone camera. The best camera is the one you have with you. Aim for strong composition and a carefully chosen viewpoint.

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