Pro Portfolio Flower power
Philip’s garden wor k sp ans decades and covers a mul titude of pl ants
Helenium ‘Sah in’s Ea rly Flowerer’
This bee was enjoying one of the many fantastic plants at Chelsea Physic Garden in London. I used my tripod to create the base composition focused on the seed cone, then waited. In that way, when the ‘right’ bee came along I wouldn’t be trying to frame the flower as well as catch the fast-moving bee in the right position.
Ph lox paniculata
This plant was growing in among some feathery fennel in our garden. I had used my 180mm macro lens to photograph it the day before, but that image lacked energy. Then it rained! The water drops on the fennel foliage both in front of and behind the phlox created a much more interesting image.
Verbena ha stata
This airy-looking plant was climbing up among some heleniums and rudbeckias in a late summer border. I used a shallow depth of field to create a wash of colour behind the verbena to make it stand out. I think the orange splashes of the heleniums and rudbeckias in the background contrast beautifully with the purple verbena and add a touch of drama.