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Photography Ideas With Canon Powershot SX210IS - Flowers

Updated on August 14, 2013

The Beauty of Nature - in Pictures of Flowers taken with a Canon Powershot SX210IS

I love flowers. From the moment the first snowdrops poke their heads up above the ground life seems a little more colorful and a little more cheerful. It has always amazed me how flowers can get away with color combinations that we humans just can’t – at least not it the same quantity. Pink, purple, yellow and green all mixed together look glorious on display in a garden or park, even if you throw in yet more color with the brilliant blue of cloudless sky.

My thirteen year-old daughter, Melanie*, loves flowers as much as I do, and these photographs are her work that she has kindly allowed me to share with you. She longed for a professional camera, but the price of these put us off a little. The camera salesman we consulted advised us to go for the Canon PowerShot SX210 IS, and her photographs here are all taken with that camera. This camera is a good bridge between automatic cameras which do all the focusing and light selection for you, and the much more complicated professional cameras.

You can set the Canon PowerShot SX210 IS to Easy mode where the camera does most of the work for you, and just to make sure you get it right instructions appear on the screen. Or you can set the camera so that you choose your own light settings and focus the camera yourself. For the photographs in this article Melanie set the camera manually to suit her subject and so that she could get the lighting effects she wanted.

Now come through the seasons, to see the glory that nature has given us.

Please note all photographs were taken by my daughter, not by me!

WINTER

The first sign that winter is ending is the appearance of snowdrops. These snowdrops look cold, don’t you think? The Canon PowerShot SX210 IS allows you to adjust the color setting to make a picture look warmer or colder. In this photo Melanie chose to take show the flowers on the cool setting. Her tip to make photographs seem even more wintry is to take them on an overcast day.

SPRING

A crocus, broken, fallen and alone – yet still beautiful. By isolating the flower in this way it looks even more fragile.



In the second photo on the right, Melanie caught the first buds as they appeared. She set the camera to warm for this shot.


In the first shot below, Melanie gets much closer with the close-up setting of the camera. To do this she used the camera’s Macro setting. She chose to emphasise the coldness of this photograph, which was taken on a dull day. I love the contrast of light and dark.

The second photo below is of bluebells, tucked away in the shade under our willow tree. I love the contrast of the bright blue and the dark background.

SUMMER

Summer is undoubtedly when nature gives us her greatest displays of beauty. These next photos are all variations in pink and green, and all are simply glorious.

These are Melanie’s tips for getting flower photos that make you almost feel warm as you look at them.

Take the photos on a sunny day.

Use the either the vivid or warm settings.

To choose a flower for close-ups, look for one that isn’t ripped, that looks perfect. Find flowers that are isolated from there rest, and with plenty of green in the background. This means the attentions is drawn to the main subject of your photograph. When using the Macro setting the background will be blurred, further emphasising your chosen flower.

Pink and Green

Melanie says: The pale pink flowers suggest innocence, while the sun in the background adds light and warmth.
Melanie says: The pale pink flowers suggest innocence, while the sun in the background adds light and warmth.
Melanie says: isolate your subject from other flowers.
Melanie says: isolate your subject from other flowers.
Melanie says: Use the camera on vivid to create an intensely colored photograph.
Melanie says: Use the camera on vivid to create an intensely colored photograph.
Melanie says: this photograph is loosely composed, but the colors are vivid.
Melanie says: this photograph is loosely composed, but the colors are vivid.
Melovy says: I LOVE ROSES!
Melovy says: I LOVE ROSES!

Purple and Yellow

In the first photo below Melanie loved the contrast of purple against the red brick, and the blue sky above echoes the tone of the flower. We both love the vividness of the purple.

For the yellow flower below, Melanie spent some time choosing the perfect flower. Her tip for close-ups of this kind is that you can turn the flower with your finger to get it to look how you want it. In Macro setting you are so close up that your finger won’t show. Intuitively Melanie chose to have the flower off-center, and suggests this makes the picture more pleasing. This is actually very good design sense, as the Golden Mean, the perfect ratio for a picture, is roughly 1: 0.6.

AUTUMN

As summer ends the colors of nature grow softer again, with muted browns and faded greens. But nature then gives us brilliant red berries to brighten cold winter days till the first snowdrops return.

Melanie returned to cooler settings on the camera for the first two autumn photographs. In the berry photograph the background colors are blurred to bring attention to her main subject, and the red of the background berries add warmth to the darker green.

Canon PowerShot SX210 IS

While the Canon PowerShot SX210 IS cannot compete with the flowers in its photographs when it comes to variety of color and in looking beautiful, it does have a very good try. Melanie took these photographs with a purple camera, but the gold or black work equally well!

The camera is very small, and so easy to pack away into a pocket when you are out and about. Yet as you can see, in this case, small is definitely beautiful when it comes to taking photographs.



* We have chosen not to use my daughter's real name to protect her privacy.

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      iamaudraleigh 5 years ago

      Fantastic photos!!! I just got a new Canon too! They take great pics! Voted up!

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      Hi iamaudraleigh,

      Glad you enjoyed the photos. I agree the Canon takes great photos. Thanks for your comment and vote up!

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      The photos are very beautiful. The composition and color selection shows that they are well thought out by the photographer for the best effect. Nice job!

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      While it's tempting to lay all this achievement on the camera, you have to give yourself a lot of the credit for the photos. Voting this Up and Beautiful.

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      hi Stephanie

      Thanks for you kind comment, I think they are beautiful too. I am delighted that my daughter is making such good use of her camera and we enjoyed selecting the photos.

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      Hi Alocsin, I wish I could take credit for these, but they are my daughter’s work. I think she’s done a great job, which is why I decided to showcase a few of her photos. I’ve another in the pipeline with some really interesting effects that the camera is capable of.

      Thanks very much for your comment and vote up.

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Your daughter is going to become a photographer, right? hehehe. Beautiful photos. I have a Canon, but I'm thinking of upgrading to a professional camera. You make me think I might be able to hold off a bit longer. :) voted up and SHARING.

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      Brian Slater 5 years ago from Nottingham Uk

      Great advertisement for the Canon camera Melovy. Richly supported with some great photos of flowers throughout the year. Nice job!

      Voted up and shared.

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      Cynthia B Turner 5 years ago from Georgia

      Your pictures make a case for Canon. They are terrific.

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      Hi cclitgirl,

      You’d think she might become a photographer, yes, but she’s got so many interests it’s hard to tell what she’ll do. Thanks very much for your kind comment, I will pass on your kind comment to my daughter.

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      Hi Brian,

      Thanks, glad you think this is a nice job. Thanks for your comment and for sharing.

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      Cyndi10,

      Thanks for your kind comment.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      I love nature photography but I seldom can get shots like yours. These are amazing pictures.

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      Hi Vinaya Ghimire, thank you for your kind comment, and the credit for these photos goes to my daughter. I will be showcasing some more of her photos soon. I can see that you like nature photography from your hugs and really enjoyed your photos on your farming in Nepal hub.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I either need a better camera or a whole lot more talent because I can't take beautiful pictures like this...I suspect it has much more to do with talent. Excellent pics; I do, truly, admire your talents.

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      THanks billybuc, and it was my daughter who took these photos so I will pass on your kind comments to her.

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      TKs view 5 years ago from The Middle Path

      Wow, Melovy. I see talent runs in the family. These are wonderful moments your daughter has borrowed from nature. With her keen eye,I'm sure the nature spirits will be willing to present themselves to her often.

      Your clear descriptions of the settings and scene selection are so informative, you make me think I might be able to take shots like these.

      You two make a great team. Hope to see more combined works from you soon.

      Voting useful and interesting for your words and beautiful for her pic's. Voting up for you both.

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      TKs view, thanks very much for your very kind comment. I will pass on your lovely thoughts to my daughter. There will indeed very soon be more combined works as she and her camera have some amazing tricks to share! Thanks also for the vote up!

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      luckyfind 5 years ago

      Oh, I hate my cheap camera, I was just ranting to my husband. We need something decent thank you for the pictures, they are beautiful!

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      Hi luckyfind, writing on HubPages is a good excuse for buying a new camera! Mine gets used more now than it ever did. Thank you for your compliments on the pictures, I will pass it on to my daughter.

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      Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

      Awesome hub and photos with great photography tips from your daughter, Melanie. The roses are absolutely stunning.

      I think you make a great mother-daughter team!

      Voted up, useful, awesome, beautiful and interesting.

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      Ah Happyboomernurse, why am I not surprised that you like the roses? :-)

      Here’s why:

      https://hubpages.com/literature/Roses-in-Pictures-...

      You’ve also done some beautiful shots of roses in that hub, so I feel honoured on my daughter’s behalf! We will be getting a few more of her photographs and tips up this week as the schools here are on half-term break.

      Thanks for your lovely comment and vote up.

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      Hi snappycanvas,

      My daughter is 13, and delighted with your kind comment. Thank you! I am glad you enjoyed the photos.

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      iamaudraleigh 5 years ago

      You are very welcome!!!

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      Samuel Hodges 5 years ago

      I'm impressed with the work you have illustrated. This inspires me more. I am about to get a new camera (I don't known if I should say the brand name), but it is a top of the line one. Looking forward to learning more techniques from you.

      Thks.

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      Hi Samuel,

      I hope you have lots of fun with your new camera. These photos were taken by my teenage daughter and I’ve learned quite a bit from her about photography, even though it’s long been a passion of mine!

      Thanks for your comment .

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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

      really great pics, but you knew that. thank you

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      Mhatter99, thanks for your fun and kind comment! You made me smile.

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