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Heart of the Flower by Virginia Allain

Updated on April 25, 2015

My Flower Close-Up Photos

A few years ago, I discovered macro photography. At the time, I didn't even know that was what it was called. I just wanted to take some pretty close-up pictures of the flowers in my garden.

It didn't stop there. Soon I took the camera everywhere with me; for walks, shopping, visiting friends. You never know when you might see a flower to capture with the camera. Now I have thousands of photographs and I've picked out a few to share with you here.

You'll see my photos of lovely flowers taken from all different angles. I think some of my best are the ones where the camera focuses in on the heart of the flower.

Day Lily Macro - Photo by Virginia Allain

I'm really happy with the elements of this one (the raindrops on the flower, the intense color against a dark background, the lines formed by the petals radiating outward).

My Rose Photos

A Rose Is A Rose.... - Photos of Roses Taken by Virginia Allain

Lovely color variations in this rose
Lovely color variations in this rose
I enlarged this one to the point that it was a bit grainy. Actually I liked that effect as it makes it look like it is made of sugar.
I enlarged this one to the point that it was a bit grainy. Actually I liked that effect as it makes it look like it is made of sugar.
Roses by the sea - in Maine.
Roses by the sea - in Maine.
Bouquet of roses
Bouquet of roses

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White Flowers

Pure White - Flowers Photographed by Virginia Allain

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Where Do I Find Flowers to Photograph?

I take my camera everywhere with me. I might photograph a flower in a vase at lunch in a restaurant. Maybe I'll capture some flower pictures in the garden center at Lowe's or in the fresh flower cooler at Walmart.

In summer, when I take a walk around the neighborhood, I take photos of lovely flowers that I see. I've never had anyone chase me away. Don't go into someone's yard, just get pictures from the sidewalk.

Purple Flowers

Pretty Purple Posies and Foliage - Photos by Virginia Allain


Pink Tulips - Photo by Virginia Allain

Although I love macro photography, sometimes I take a broader view. Aren't these beautiful?

I'm Inspired by Other Photographers Like This One - Short Video of Flower Macro Photos

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Yellow Flowers

Mellow Yellow Beauties - Flower Photos by Virginia Allain

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Don't Steal These Photos

You must ask permission if you want to use one of these photos on your web site.

Anyway, wouldn't it be more fun to take your own pictures!

Red Flowers

Red Flowers - Photos by Virginia Allain

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© 2011 Virginia Allain

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      GrammieOlivia 3 years ago

      Love your pictures. I have a few that I love too! Real close ups of Morning Glories and some orchids of mine......

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      Melody Lassalle 3 years ago from California

      Your photos are absolutely beautiful! I enjoy photography that makes us look at things in different ways. That first Day Lily photo is incredible. Who knew it looked so neat up close!

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      Virginia, they are all beautiful. That day lily with the water droplets is absolutely gorgeous. My favorite, though, because I'm so partial to them, is the violet. Lovely, lovely, lovely.

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      LisaDH 4 years ago

      Lovely photos! I especially like the macro shots. I typically take action photos and have never quite mastered the art of flower photography.

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      john-doornkamp 4 years ago

      Everything from whole gardens to the detail of flowers: check out my lens: Flower Photography at its Best - it makes a useful compliment to your excellent lens.

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      Lisa Auch 4 years ago from Scotland

      I love these pictures of flowers!

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      Virginia Allain 4 years ago from Central Florida

      @OhMe: Thanks for the compliment and the reminder about Zazzle. I have a few flower photos on products, but need to add these.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Your photos are lovely. I especially like the Day Lily. Have you made products on Zazzle with any of them? They are really wonderful.

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      Doc_Holliday 4 years ago

      Love the photos. Tulips always seem to come out well.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 4 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      I love photographing flowers and nature in general. Your pictures are fabulous!

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      Virginia Allain 4 years ago from Central Florida

      @AlleyCatLane: I love photographing mushrooms too.

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      AlleyCatLane 4 years ago

      Your photos are gorgeous! I love photographing flowers too, as well as mushrooms and birds.

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      Susanna Duffy 4 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      There's something about flowers that moves the soul. No one, anywhere, can fail to be moved by these jewels of Nature and your photos capture the very essence of such treasures

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      grannysage 4 years ago

      I don't take photos anymore as my hands shake too much. But my daughter has a real eye for it. I love your flower photos. The close-ups are awesome.

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      @teenbee: Thank you... I keep my camera with me all the time. Never know when you'll see a gorgeous flower.

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      teenbee 5 years ago

      These photos are gorgeous! Oh how I wish I could take photos as lovely as these! Wonderful job :)

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      @LisaDH: Lisa - I just use the natural light. For me, it seems that flash bleaches the colors too much. There's so much I still need to learn.

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      LisaDH 5 years ago

      Beautiful work! I usually shoot landscapes and action shots, but I'm recently been trying to work on close-ups. Did you use fill-flash on any of these or is it all natural lighting?

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      Annamadagan 5 years ago

      Beautiful shots! I love taking macro photography of flowers and plants.

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      @genispyphoto: I use a Canon SX20is. Point and shoot, but excellent zoom and good macro capability.

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      genispyphoto 6 years ago

      Hi Virginia,

      I like your photos very much! I also love taking pictures of them, it never gets boring. What camera and lens do you have? I have a Canon 40D with a Canon 17-85mm f4/5.6 lense. Would like an aperture of f2.8 but can't afford that yet. My work on flickr is at http:/

      Take care and happy shooting, Geni

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      Patricia 6 years ago

      Love your flower photography! I love flowers!

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      norma-holt 6 years ago

      Super lens and such wonderful photos. *-*Blessed*-* and featured on Blessed by Skiesgreen 2012. Hugs

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      Wedding Mom 6 years ago

      Wow, these photos are magical and you really are good with your camera. I will try to see if i can get to the heart of the flowers myself. Good job!!

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      Spikey64 6 years ago

      Your pictures are awesome. Can't wait to have a go at this myself.

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      Joan Haines 6 years ago

      Your pictures are absolutely lovely. Thank you!

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      sorana lm 6 years ago

      Featured on My Visitors lens.

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      sorana lm 6 years ago

      Fabulous photos. You've done such a great job with this lens.

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      cuteordeath 6 years ago

      Wow, I love the white tulips photo. My photography class took us to the SF Botanical Gardens to take macro photos. It was really fun!

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      Indigo Janson 6 years ago from UK

      Ah.. flowers make me happy! Thank you for sharing your beautiful photography here. I must stop by your Zazzle store too. I like to photograph nature and you've inspired me to take more pictures of flowers. Blessed for brightening my day. :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I do fall in love with this beautiful flower photograph lens and you.. a wonderful lady .. Virginia Allain. So happy to be here. Have a pretty of time :)

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      jseven lm 7 years ago

      Love the lens, especially the pink roses! I love taking flower pics. :)

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      Oliversbabycarecouk 7 years ago

      you have really beautiful photos, great stuff.

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      Patricia 7 years ago

      I love to photography flowers and nature. Great lens! I am blessing it! I love the pictures!

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      sukkran trichy 7 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      wonderful photo collection. ~blessed by a squid angel~

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      Ann Hinds 7 years ago from So Cal

      I photo graph the boy and hot air balloons when they launch across the street. These are really very very pretty.

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      deyanis 7 years ago from Oz

      I love taking picture of the flowers too. Your flower shots are breathtakingly beautiful.

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      Mona 7 years ago from Iowa

      Very very pretty. You've got a great eye. :) *Blessed*

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      howtocurecancer 7 years ago

      I photograph too flowers. I have my own Zazzle shop.

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      Light-in-me 7 years ago

      These are so beautiful, nice job.

      Robin :)

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      WindyWintersHubs 7 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Lovely Macros. I can almost smell the roses. I take photos of flowers and scenery and photos for my lenses. :)

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      ChrisDay LM 7 years ago

      breathtakingly beautiful

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      Mary Beth Granger 7 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Lighthouses are my #1 subject with butterflies being #2. Love your flower photos.blessed

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      Rita-K 7 years ago

      I usually am found taking pictures of glass for my tutorials. I just love your photos, you have brought a little bit of spring into my winter!