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.