Flower photography, like most photographic genres, is available to all but it requires dedication and lots of practice to do well. For me, it’s an occasional subject so I don’t profess to be an expert at it by any means. However, I am aware of some of the basic guidelines, one of which is to shoot in bright but overcast light. But what if you can’t?
I came across this interesting looking Alpine anemone on a bright and cloud-free day. Unfortunately I was presented with bright and harsh light conditions that are far from what’s recommended. Not only that but I had to deal with white petals. Bright light and white usually means that some sort of decision has to be made, simply because a digital camera sensor cannot capture the full dynamic range of such a subject. The ‘old school’ rule used to be, “expose for the highlights and let the shadows fall as they will”. I still follow the same guideline now. However, instead of relying on careful measurement and experience to set the exposure, I now use my camera’s histogram.
In this case the result is just what I expected and wanted – a lovely white flower set against a dark background.