As I write this, I’m recalling at least three separate and recent photography outings to shoot flowers that gave me challenges in the field. They included rain, bright sun, and most challenging of all, wind. Even now, I look out my back door and see the breezes blowing petals and blooms and my hanging baskets swaying like invisible hands are pushing them around. Here at home, I can manage the wind by cutting flowers or bringing plants inside. The light is a perfect overcast quality, and yet that dang wind just won’t stop. The forecast? Winds – 12-16mph. The winds, on every occasion provide opportunities to reframe my attitude in the field and for the day.
The “cop-out” option is to bail. Cross off “shoot flowers” from my to-do list. It certainly is a choice I can make, but being the stubborn person that I can be, I don’t take the easy way out. I am up for the challenge, even if it is annoying.
Meanwhile, what are some other choices available when we can’t snip our own flowers and bring them inside to shoot? One that takes the most patience is to choose your subject, set up on your tripod and vigilantly wait for that miracle moment of stillness. It can and does happen. You just have to be willing to slow down and wait.