Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Photography workshop helps participants get the picture

Patricia Pope takes a shot in the field. Photo by Vince Lamb
About 25 wildflower enthusiasts enjoyed the Wildflower Photography workshop at the 2011 Florida Wildflower Symposium at Wekiwa Springs State Park on Oct. 15. The workshop was one of six offered during a fun-filled afternoon.

After a brief presentation that included tips for creating high impact images, workshop leaders Vince Lamb and Charlie Corbeil took the group to a nearby sandhill community covered with wildflowers for some hands-on photography. Summer farewell (Dalea pinnata) was blooming abundantly, accented by the graceful lavender spikes of blazing star (Liatris spicata) and at least 15 other wildflower species. The weather was ideal – mostly sunny with a few clouds to diffuse the sunlight.

Participants learned that details can make or break a photo. For instance: Because wildflower images often lose impact due to distracting backgrounds, examine the background before clicking the shutter.  Often, moving the camera even a small distance can provide a better background. Sometime the sky can provide a great background.  When the background is relatively distant, the camera will focus on the flower and yield a pleasing blur of the background.

After an hour of exploring the beautiful park, the group returned inside, where participants were urged to share their images with the group via a projector. Vince provided a card small enough to keep in a camera bag that provided simple tips for taking good wildflower photos. Download a PDF copy of the card.

Here are some shots shared by participants. Click here to see more photos from the Symposium.
A butterfly comes in for a landing. Photo by Patricia Pope.

Long-tailed skipper on coastalplain honeycombhead (Balduina augustifolia). Photo by Barb Messimer

Dainty sulphur on coastalpain honeycomb. Photo by Barb Messimer

Bee on summer farewell (Dalea pinnata). Photo by Barb Messimer

Photographers in the field. Photo by Wayne Matchett

Lopsided Indiangrass (Sorghastrum secundum). Photo by Wayne Matchett

Coastalplain honeycomb (Balduina angustifolia). Photo by Wayne Matchett

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