Macro photography in Spring, photos & advice

One of the first things to shoot while nature is changing seasons from winter to spring is wildflowers. I am fortunate to live in Slovenia where there are still many natural habitats, all within an hour drive, usually less. This year I had a good start and photographed some of my favourite wildflowers.

Let’s take a look at some of better shots and also a couple of tips when photographing macro in field.

pulsatilla montana
Pulsatilla montana / Mountain Pasque Flower / Gorski kosmatinec
pulsatilla montana

Pulsatilla montana / Mountain Pasque Flower / Gorski kosmatinec
Erythronium dens-canis
Erythronium dens-canis / Dogtooth violet / Pasji zob
Fritillaria meleagris
Fritillaria meleagris / Snake’s head fritillary / Močvirski tulipan
Hacquetia epipactis
Hacquetia epipactis / Tevje
Helleborus niger
Helleborus niger / Christmas rose or black hellebore / Črni teloh
Acorn
Oak tree acorn sprouting / Želod poganja korenino
Gryllus campestris
Gryllus campestris / Field cricket / poljski murn

This is a short selection of macro shots, the last two not really flowers, but still caught my attention. Which one is your favourite? Let me know, down in the comments. Thank you!

All above photos were taken on Nikon D850 camera with Nikon 105mm f2.8 macro lens. Natural light, some on tripod, some just with camera lying on the ground.

And a short tip that will massively improve your macro photos!

I tend to keep my gear as simple as possible so I don’t carry around fancy macro lights, rails, clamps or other usually gear that help macro photographers. The one thing I do carry with me is a small and ultralight 5 in 1 diffuser/reflector that you can buy on Amazon for $8. Usually I will carry with me only the middle part, the white diffuser and on the photo below you can see how it look in practice.

Small white diffuser softening the sunlight on the flowers.
Small white diffuser softening the sunlight on the flowers.

As you can see from the photo above this is quite simple setup. Even my camera is flat on the ground and you can see the settings on the live view screen.

When setting up your diffuser to soften the light on your subject, pay attention to the background. I usually want my out-of-focus background to be sunlit – this gives you warm gentle tones, while your subject is diffused for softer contrast. Photos 2, 3 and 4 were all shot this way.

I hope you find this useful and that it will improve your macro photography!

4 Comments Macro photography in Spring, photos & advice

  1. Linda Dennison

    I love flowers, but your acorn sprouting is my favorite because I have never before seen that and like bit it is miraculous and full of potential. Thank you!

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    1. Linda Dennison

      I am dismayed that my comment was changed as it was posted. I did not say like bit, but like birth!

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    2. Luka

      Thank you for your kind comments Linda! I find it interesting which photo you like the most. Most people prefer others:)

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      1. Linda Dennison

        Hope you caught my earlier comment reply, that I had written “like Birth”, not bit as it incorrectly printed out. Smartphones not always so smart!
        Thank you for response!

        Reply

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