2018 has been described as the most impressive wildflower season in the Coral Coast region in the last decade. Local Carnarvon Photographer, Ben Teo Photography, give us his top five tips on how to best capture this amazing natural display of everlasting wildflower carpets.
1. Leave No Trace.
In nature photography it is important that we enjoy the view while leaving it just as we found it. Be careful not to trample, sit or drive on the flowers, or disturb the ground around them.
2. Alter your Point of View.
To make your photographs more interesting, change up the perspective. By getting down low, the wildflowers appear more dense. Everlastings look great against our clear blue skies. Tilting your camera down slightly to include more of the foreground draws focus onto the flowers.
3. Focus on the Good Stuff.
In addition to the rule of thirds, consider any distractions that are in the foreground or background, like power lines. A cluttered background can distract from the focus. While closeup photos of the flowers are beautiful, it is also good to pull back and take bigger shots to show context, and include interesting features in the background.
4. Pay Attention to Detail.
It is certainly worth spending some time looking for the ‘perfect’ flower. Look closely at the flowers, especially those in your foreground, to ensure the plants are in good condition and facing your camera.
5. It's all about the Lighting.
The lighting outdoors on an overcast day, where there are no shadows or harsh bright spots is ideal. Alternatively, have the sun behind you to light up your subject and reduce shadows across your image. Another thing to keep in mind is that the wildflowers track the sun, and may not be open during dawn and dusk hours.
Try out these photography tips at our favourite spots around Carnarvon before the season is over:
This blog was kindly written by Ben Teo Photography and shared with Australia's Coral Coast. The team at Australia’s Coral Coast did not review or approve this story.