Spinning Flowers

I nudged myself to get out in the backyard and experiment with some flower photography today. Summer 2020 should be the summer of experimentation, right? I played with long exposures and spinning the camera while pressing the shutter. My favorite image was this one of my hydrangea plant that preserved the outlines of the leaves.

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Hydrangea blossoms in pink and blue appear slightly abstract in this spinning image, nicely framed by a wreath of vibrant leaves. © Catherine Kelly

If you want to try this method, you need to set the camera to manual and dial in a long exposure like a third of a second. To achieve a correct exposure, you will need to stop down the lens (to perhaps f/11 or f/16), and set a low ISO (such as 100). The settings will vary for you based on the available light. Focusing is still important. Once you have achieved a good exposure with shutter speed, aperture and ISO, it’s time to play.

Hydrangea Season

My hydrangea bushes in Pennsylvania are ready to bloom again this week. I’m reminded of my daughter’s wedding on June 30, 2012 when my hydrangeas were in full bloom by my back door.

It’s fun to see different colors on the same bush! The blossoms are so delicate.

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Hydrangeas  also remind me of Cape Cod, because they thrive there and look so pretty against the weathered shingled houses. How do hydrangeas make you feel?