Want to take pho­tos of the spring flow­ers this year? Our read­ers show you how.

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ROBYN GWILT

Canon 5D Mark III Canon lens 16 – 35 mm

ROBYN WRITES: We were on a gravel road some­where on the Knersvlakte out­side Van­rhyns­dorp and I found a higher van­tage point to em­pha­size the spread of vy­gies and daises at my feet. I de­cided to fo­cus on the flow­ers in the fore­ground, which means that the Gif­berg mas­sif in the back­ground is less sharp. This is in­ten­tional: The moun­tain may be blurry, but it’s still in­te­gral to the com­po­si­tion be­cause it gives the viewer an idea of the lo­ca­tion and helps to show scale. I love the spring flower sea­son and al­ways make a point of head­ing up north. The area around Van­rhyns­dorp and Nieu­woudtville is stun­ning. The best ad­vice I can give is to drive as far as time al­lows to­wards Namibia, then turn around and drive slowly back to Cape Town. This way the sun will be be­hind you as you drive and all the flow­ers will be fac­ing you, in­stead of con­stantly hav­ing to check your rear-view mir­ror!

SHEL­LEY SAYS: I like that Robyn says she took this photo “some­where on the Knersvlakte”. It’s true: Hunt­ing for flow­ers can be dis­ori­en­tat­ing. Driv­ing up and down var­i­ous gravel roads, it’s easy to lose track of where you snapped your pics. And that’s all a part of the ad­ven­ture. The cloudy sky adds drama – it’s much more com­mon to see flow­ers un­der a clear blue sky. Robyn’s de­ci­sion to use a widean­gle lens was also a good one, as was her de­ci­sion to fo­cus on the flow­ers in the fore­ground. By do­ing both of th­ese things, she has em­pha­sized the scale of the blooms and cre­ated depth. Great shot, Robyn! We’re on In­sta­gram! Fol­low us and our sis­ter mag Weg for travel and wildlife pics from all over: Search for @go­magsa and @mensese­lense

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