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Editors' Picks: Flower Photography

photo.net members' bestJune 2010

Flowers: colorful floral portraits, delicate graceful petals, sun lovers, unassuming simplicity, abundant lines, candid shy beauty…

The Photo.net editors selected a handful of flower portraits. There are a million and one ways to photograph flowers. They’re the perfect subjects because they are colorful, beautiful, and don’t mind being photographed for hours. No need for a makeup artist either. There is a collection of photographs of roses, tulips, daisies, lotus flowers, birds of paradise, etc. Many of our talented photo.net professional and enthusiast photographers have demonstrated their skills with capturing floral portraits. We invite you to discuss these selected Flower Photos in the comments section below.

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The photos in this article have been selected by a team of photo.net editors. All photos are copyright the photographer, and may not be used without written permission.

Article created June 2010

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Bobby Bourland , June 08, 2010; 01:45 P.M.

Although the pictures are, without a doubt, very pretty there is no great photography knowledge needed. Nearly anyone can take these pictures. You see, today it's not photography. It's Photoshop. The finished product you see did no come from a camera. It came from a computer. A few seconds to take a picture and sometimes several hours to 'doctor' it up. So, bottom line, the credit should go more to graphic designers than to the photographers.

JOSE LUIS MIEZA RAMOS , June 08, 2010; 01:52 P.M.

Thank you soooooooooooooo much my friends

Christa Binder , June 08, 2010; 03:36 P.M.

Wow! Each and every one of these flower photos are beautiful, congratulations to everyone. 

Pamela Franklin , June 10, 2010; 08:34 A.M.

I do not often participate in the forums but since one of my photos was selected I feel the need to add my words.

First, I thank those who have made these choices and feel honored to have a photo that was selected!

I spend hours on flower shots, the lighting, angles, focus, choice of background if inside and looking at the unusual more than the perfect. Any flower photog will tell you it is a lot harder to photograph flowers that you might think...especially if you have never tried it. For the record I do not spend hours editing, you can't edit a bad shot! The time spent is behind the lens. I have learned more about the functions of my camera, art of photography; composition and lighting shooting flowers than any other photography opportunities I have had.

To Bobby; I visited your page...not a paid member, no photos, no ratings and the only post you have made is in this forum. Your words are harsh, you should not speak of things you do not understand.

Trisha Jean-Angela , June 13, 2010; 04:14 P.M.

Congratulations to everyone on your beautiful photographs! I agree whole-heartedly with Pamela...flower photography is much more difficult than one can imagine and lighting is really key! Thank you so much for sharing everyone! :)

J Traveller , June 15, 2010; 04:03 P.M.

Great images! I agree flowers are hard work. I just bought a macro lens and spent 3-4 hours at a garden taking photos. The lighting on flowers is tough. I got there really early in the morning and took my time looking for the right angle, the right background, the right lighting, waiting for the wind to stop. It's a lot harder than it looks. They've got a creative eye and that you cannot get out of photoshop. I respect all the work the photographers have done here. I can only hope that one day my flower photos will be as good. Great job everyone!!

Thadd . , June 15, 2010; 05:25 P.M.

My sincere thanks for including my shot "Delicate Beauty" in the editors' picks for flowers. I consider it an honor, and something of a validation of my efforts. "Keep shootin' everyone!"

Esteban Rios , June 15, 2010; 09:44 P.M.

I really appreciate and I want to thank at the Editor for having posted one of my flowers's pictures, it is very encouraging for me.
Thanks everybody for your comments.

Johanna Da Cruz , June 19, 2010; 01:25 A.M.

Firstly, I would like to thank the Editors for honouring me in chossing one of my captures for -Editor's Picks:Flower Photography- Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine one of my captures making it this far.

If it was not for one of my photo.net friends congratulating me that I was also chosen I would not have been aware of this.

Then I would like to thank all my friends on photo.net for your great support since I have become a Proud Member of photo.net

Wow, I feel good !

Congratulations to all the others who have been chosen as well in this Category

Thank you once again all of you

Warmest Regards

Radu Carp , June 19, 2010; 12:57 P.M.

Flowers,a subject that realy deserve to be chosen by editor,to share each other this splendor of our amazing nature,this are more than photos all this are IMO a message that goes to our souls with vibrant colors,shapes in a so big variety from all over the Earth,is true that sometime PS can enhance this beauty,but without main subject it would be nothing.Those who love flowers  want to sent there emotion with a splendid image is what we like and will be forever for many of us a part of life,congratulations for all photographers present here.

Carolyn D ( Santa Fe) , June 21, 2010; 11:00 A.M.

Bravo to all of you...these are truly stunning images.

Ayse Yalcin , June 21, 2010; 11:09 A.M.

Congratulations to everyone on your beautiful photographs...Bravo...

Stefano Cariolato , June 21, 2010; 02:28 P.M.

Bobby Bourland pointed out a fact that I see more and more spread among PN members, that is the invasive use of PS. Results are very beautiful and interesting, but are not photography.

Pamela Franklin and J. Traveller added what is the commitment necessary for a real good photo, commitment that perhaps other people enploy in using PS.

Both the ways are valid for creating a good image, as well as painting or drawing are other methods normally used: but they are not the same thing, both technically or artistically.

I think that in Pn we are mixing all that in most categories, without distinction. I 'd prefer that PN made a distinction between those different techniques (apart for little image correction) organizing different categories.

Furthermore I noticed that most images are without natural background, giving more importance to pure form and color such as they were to be abstract paintings.

Obviously they are all splendid images, and I congrats all the authors of them.

Sorry for having an isolated opinion, but it's mine. My best regards to all of you.

Jesse Starks , June 26, 2010; 03:29 P.M.

This caught my eye as I have created a few floral and nature type shots since I picked up my first "real" camera. First of all the images are great and I wish I had images in my P.n workspace (I use Photobucket).

I understand where Bob is coming from with regards to over processed images, but Pamela's reply is spot on. I try my best to create the images in camera and doing so indeed has taught me how to use my camera better.

For those that have not tried it, floral photography is not that easy. In fact I would say it is just as difficult as creating a compelling portrait.

Kind regards to all,




Hiranmay Ghosh , June 30, 2010; 11:30 A.M.

My sincerest thanks to the editors of this flower gallery. It is a great collection of amazing flower close-ups.


Bettie Coetzee , July 20, 2010; 11:02 A.M.

What a deserved accolade to receive Editor's Pick for these exquisite interpretations of nature's abundance in such delicate shapes and rhythms. congratulations Johanna!! Ek is so trots op jou.

Derek Isaacs , July 21, 2010; 05:49 P.M.

First – I would commend ALL of the photographic community (that’s everybody) who goes forth to capture “The Image” of the world around them – whatever the subject may be.
I have a great fondness for flower photography – since my adolescence – and I am completely enraptured whenever I get the chance to ‘wonder as I wander’ through Botanic Gardens,
herbariums, Butterfly Pavillions – or just a peaceful mountain meadow.

I have been a member of the PN community for nearly 11 years and have learned much by reading the words of such as Bob Atkins et al and studying their images.

I started in color slides and found that medium well suited to my love of leaves and petals (but I was more of an E-6 admirer than of Kodachrome (with apologies to Paul Simon).

I was also a bit of a ‘photographic puritan’ – and I held some disdain for digital imaging and the manipulation it provided – I figured if it wasn’t in the viewfinder and on the film
– it shouldn’t be in the image. Ah – but then I too found enlightenment (and a Canon 10D)  and started down the path of digital photography – where I needed software just to see the  picture!  I have even listened to John Paul Camponegro – and ‘learned to love photo composting’ – and no – it’s not a way to recycle old images

I too express my congratulations to those above who were selected for their contributions to this art.
To - Mr Bobby Bourland – I see your point from a purist perspective – and you are certainly entitled to your
opinion – as I am mine. I would ask you to view the selected (and others as of yet undiscovered) images in
the context of the bible Verse (Luke 12:27): Consider the lilies, how they grow. They neither toil nor spin
and yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was as beautifully dressed as one of these.

Also – (though Not from the Bible) to paraphrase a great poet & writer (Joyce Kilmer [1886-1918])
in his poem Trees: “ Comments are made by fools like me – But only GOD can make a tree (or flower as may be).

Gerard Amerongen , August 12, 2010; 10:04 P.M.

Hello All:

First off: kudos to those that made the editor's pick page of flowers.  They are ALL beautiful regardless of how they were taken, processed etc.  Being a horticulturalist, I especially enjoy floral portraits. 

Having never done film photography before and delving right into digital photography, I have had little choice but to use Photoshop to process my pictures.  I feel it is a useful tool to enhance the photos beyond what my camera can do.  That being said, I rarely employ processes outside of the regular i.e. tonal adjustments and when I do, I realize that my photos go from the basic to the artistic.  That is what some of this all is too is the artistic which is just as acceptable as those pictures where the photographer DOESN'T use photoshop etc.  Yes, everyone is entitled to their opinion but let us not downgrade or downplay any hard work these people have done to bring us the beauty of what they have presented.  I find myself again, inspired by these pictures...nothing less.




David Davies , September 05, 2010; 04:32 P.M.

Bobby Bourland - lets see your flower pictures!

Patrick Wells , September 14, 2010; 10:49 P.M.

The chosen photos are all very beautiful. Congratulations to the photographers I hope to be in your league some day.  

I am fairly new to flower photography. It is extremely hard to get the shot I want. Other than cropping, I prefer my photos as I took them. I find this more challenging. It also teaches me more of what capabilities my camera has with me behind it. I have learned more about my dslr and lenses shooting flowers and nature than all the time I have had it [2 years].

I find nothing wrong with redoing them in photoshop,but agree that photos that have been redone/enhanced should be in a different category. That way apples to apples and oranges to oranges are compared

victor zucker , September 17, 2010; 03:53 P.M.

These are truely beautiful, and artistic photographs. As one who has recently been doing flower photography, I am inspired. I grewup in the darkroom age. Photography has evolved like everything else. The digital darkroom has changed how we develop are vision, but the art is still in the vision.

Chuck Koonce , September 20, 2010; 04:16 P.M.

A whole thread in another forum could be used to reply to Bobby's comment.  Photoshop is an extension of today's digital photography as was/is burning and dodging, masking, chemical and temperature selection for contrast and color saturation control, unmask sharpening and so on was to film photography.  Just different tools today and still as much a part of photography.

Louise Crump , September 27, 2010; 10:24 P.M.

Congratulations to all those whose photo's appear in this wonderful display. I am inspired by you all. Flower photography and macro are my main interests, but I have sooooo much to learn! I would feel so proud if one of my images were chosen for such a display. Well done all.

Bobby, I don't see any wonderful flower photo's on your page. Don't critise what you don't understand. You make yourself sound bitter and jealous! Perhaps you are.



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