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Practical Photography (UK) - - Spring -

Sea­sonal photo projects to keep you shoot­ing through­out the month.

As the harsh winds of win­ter melt into spring, the coun­try­side starts to come to life with a plethora of del­i­cate blooms. Tiger Seo (500px.com/tigerseo) shot this beau­ti­ful sight.

“I en­joy tak­ing pho­tos of flow­ers in spring, be­cause my mother loves the blooms that are in sea­son at that time. I ac­tu­ally first took up pho­tog­ra­phy to take pic­tures of these flow­ers for her. How­ever, now I’ve just fallen in love with shoot­ing them. I can feel the beauty and har­mony from each bud, so I al­ways try to ex­press these feel­ings with my images.

“In April there are lovely tulips and shep­herd’s purse flower blos­soms at the lake near my house. When I go there I can take pic­tures against the soft morn­ing sun­light, which cre­ates a won­der­ful back­light. For this ses­sion I got down onto the ground and took around ten pic­tures at dif­fer­ent set­tings and an­gles. “I used my Canon 135mm f/2 lens, be­cause it cre­ates a lovely bokeh. I al­ways fo­cus on the colours, back­ground and light when com­pos­ing my images.”

By us­ing a wide aper­ture like f/2, Tiger was able to cre­ate a su­per shal­low depth-of-field that draws the viewer’s eyes straight to the tack-sharp poppy. Us­ing the sun as a back­light means that the poppy’s petals are given a semi-translu­cent qual­ity. To get a sim­i­lar ef­fect, shoot at ei­ther the start or end of the day to catch the sun when it’s at its low­est in the sky.

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