HANGING AROUND: ORANGE BEGONIA MACROS

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Letter F – Topic is Fun or Flowers


I am planning to bring both of these plants indoors at the end of the season. I thought that might mean now, but summer is lingering … so … October? November?

Macro orange begonia

I don’t know if they can survive in my house. We don’t have much sunlight. They may die a slow death in our darkness, but it’s worth a try. We are trying to swap with someone to take down some trees in return for the wood. It’s all oak, so it’s good wood … and fewer trees would brighten the place a lot.

Two orange begonias

Meanwhile, I thought I’d take a few pictures. These extremely bright flowers have been a photographic challenge for me. I think — finally — I’ve more or less “got it.”

The first thing is do not photograph them in full sun. I suppose it’s “doable,” but it’s so much harder than shooting in shade. Bright shade will give you better detail and truer color.

If you own a macro lens (or have a macro setting on our camera), this is the time to use it. I’ve taken a lot of pictures of flowers. Many lenses shoot close enough so you wouldn’t necessarily need a macro.

But super bright flowers like these? The macro will help. Try it. You’ll see.

That’s it. Bright shade. Macro setting. And maybe turn down the brightness and use a little less saturation when you process them.

19 thoughts on “HANGING AROUND: ORANGE BEGONIA MACROS

  1. Wonderful shots of very brilliant flowers! One of the first things I learned about color photography is that shaded or cloudy light is easier because it evens out the shadows.

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  2. I put my potted plants in the cool cellar in winter. They hibernate and rest building the reserves for the next summer. They don’t need water or daylight. Let them recede naturally and try it. I have had my calla and canna 10 years and they return every year bigger and better. I just give them enough fertilizer in summer to help them on the way.

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