Cosmos Flower

Cosmos Flower

I love photographing flowers and not just when they are in full bloom.  The different stages of a flower's growth can be really interesting and beautiful too.

All of the images below were taken with a Canon 7D using a 100mm f2.8L macro lens.

f/8.0|  ISO 500|  1/320 sec

A new flower bud appears.

f/3.5|  ISO 400|  1/640 sec

The next day the same flower begins to open.  This image was taken late in the afternoon.  The sun was shining and the flower was in the shade making the colours more vibrant.

f/5.6|  ISO 1000|  1/3200 sec

On the third day the flower was fully open.  Sometimes the underside of a flower can be just as interesting as the front.  Note the high ISO and fast shutter speed.  This is because it was an extremely windy day and the flower was moving around a lot.  So by increasing my ISO, I was able to use a very fast shutter speed to freeze the action.

f/5.6|  ISO 1000|  1/3200 sec

The view from above.  If you look really close, the centre appears to be filled with tiny, yellow stars.