How to photograph wildflowers

By Bob Wick, U.S. Bureau of Land Management
April 20, 2016, 9:57:52 AM EDT


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California's Carrizo Plain is an amazing canvas for wildflower photography. The landscape is dominated by the white alkali flats of Soda Lake, Painted Rock, vast open grasslands and a broad plain rimmed by mountains.

When conditions are right in the spring, numerous wildflowers can carpet the valley floor — and although they're short-lived, they can be breathtaking.

I try to photograph wildflowers in the morning, before it gets windy. I also get low, shooting from a flower's height, or even looking up from below taller flowers, as that angle provides a fresh and interesting perspective.

I also use a very small camera lens aperture (f/16) to keep both the flowers and the distant landscape features in focus.

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