If you are new to photography or needing photography inspiration, try a new angle. For flowers (weeds in this case), it often helps to get low.
From standing eye level, you see this…
and this if you zoom in, you see this…
And if you shoot lower (at the waist), you don’t get much different.
But if you really get low, then you can find something interesting.
It is also helpful to try different distances and focal length lenses. For example, close up you get this look…
but further away you get this look…
Here they are again. Both are at f/2.8.
Notice how the longer focal length both:
- reduces the depth-of-field (making the background and foreground fuzzier)
- and compresses the background and foreground (brings them closer together)
…so, in this case, I was able to declutter the background by going to a longer focal length.
Cheers and happy shooting!
For those of you looking for a new camera, I used a camera with a tilt screen (Fuji X-T1) so that I did not have to lie down on the ground to see what I was shooting.
You can probably do this with a flip screen (that’s a screen that flips out to the left first then turns). I don’t have a camera with a flip screen, but I think they would be more awkward to shoot in this case.