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Floral Photography with my Iphone

Updated on September 24, 2014
Flower Close Up Shot
Flower Close Up Shot

Photographing Flowers

I love taking photos with my iphone. Come to think of it, I haven't touched my digital camera in years. It's never been easier to take beautiful pictures when the mood strikes. Whether I'm taking a walk, riding my bike or traveling to foreign countries, I always have my iphone with me. One of my favorite things to take pictures of are flowers. I always find amazing things in the plant kindgom. The colors, textures and shapes never fail to amaze me.

I can't remember exactly when I started to become interested in taking pictures of flowers and plants. I am terrible at taking care of plants in my house and I can't seem to keep them alive no matter what. It's probably because I don't have the patience for it, but my plants always tend to commit suicide on me. However seeing them anywhere outside my home is always a treat.

I read somewhere that there are around 270,000 varieties of flowers that are documented by scientists. Photographing flowers have become somewhat of a hobby for me and I tend to continue as long as I can. My iphone makes it that much easier!

*Photos taken by myself

Flowers on Your Coffee Table

Flowers
Flowers

Browsing through a photo book like this one has a way of relaxing me and putting my mind at ease. This book includes 300 stunning photographs of a variety of flowers, captured at their most beautiful.

 

Taking Close-Ups

Yellow Rose
Yellow Rose

I've always loved taking pictures of flowers and plants and I still do. One big difference is that these days I find myself taking lots of closeup shots. When I do this, I see details that I never noticed before.

The subtle color changes, the textures of the petals and a small drop of water ready to fall off the edge. I like how the light reflects off the flower petals. Taking pictures at different times of the day results in different results as well.

Take your photos from different angles

Flowers in Urn
Flowers in Urn

One day I went to visit a botanical garden outside the city. It was a huge place with lots of space to walk around. I think I spent a couple of hours just walking around and snapping away at everything I wanted to capture on camera.

Towards the end of my visit I found a green house on the far end of the garden. I didn't find much that was interesting inside except for this large urn that I found in the corner.

I like to experiment with my photos because too many close-up shots can get boring. I found these flowers floating on the water in this large urn in the middle of a botanical garden. I thought it looked good taken from directly above. This was one of the few pictures that isn't a close up.

Flowers by Irving Penn

Flowers
Flowers

It took 7 years to photograph these stunning photos of flowers for Vogue magazine. Just thinking about that boggles my mind. Every photo in this book is large and shows every beautiful detail of the flowers.

One of the most beautiful books on flower photography.

 

Noticing the Details

Red Flower Petal
Red Flower Petal

I think I took about two dozen shots of random things in the green house including the floating petals in the urn. This is a close up shot of one of the red flowers in the urn. You can see more of the details and varying shades of red.

It's only when it's this close that you can actually see the small intricate details of the flower. I also find something almost sensual about flowers and plants in general.

Close Up White Rose
Close Up White Rose

Creative iPhone Photography

Sixty Tips for Creative iPhone Photography
Sixty Tips for Creative iPhone Photography

I literally use my iPhone camera to take snapshots of everything around me. It is simply the easiest way to take photos. Taking photos creatively is another story and books like this one can help. It's really not that hard once you get the hang of it.

 

Azaleas

In Japan we have four distinct seasons and each season brings with it their own flowers. We have the cherry blossom season in spring, hydrangeas during rainy season, sunflowers in the summer and pretty much nothing in the winter.

Azaleas are one of my favorite flowers to photograph because they are difficult for me. I still cannot seem to get the perfect picture of azaleas.

Azaleas in Full Bloom
Azaleas in Full Bloom

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Flower Garden at Sunset
Flower Garden at Sunset

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Beautiful Shots Smine27. You are very good with your phone camera. I love close ups of flowers, they are so exquisite. Not very good yet though. Good excuse to keep practicing. Glad you shared these.

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      Stephen J Parkin 3 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

      I use a Canon digital rebel SLR and the depth of focus is much greater that in the pictures here. A camera is only ever as good as its lens, and SLR's have many elements to make up for the refractive differences in the colors that make up light (think rainbow here). That said much of photography is about being in the moment at the right place and time. I was surprised by how good the cell phone cameras have become.

      This is a really good Hub as it explains how to use the phone and as you say missing a shot is a pain the phone makes this way less likely and a good shot taken is way better than a great one missed! Voted up.

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      Melanie Wilcox 3 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      just beautiful! -and so much needed today. Thank you :)

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @ecogranny: That sounds like a gorgeous flower Grace. I'll have to keep an eye out for them. I can't wait for springtime again.

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      Like you, I take a lot of pictures of flowers, and of course of the grandkids too. My all-time favorite flower is the sweet-smelling English violet, but I am fond of many flowers. You have some lovely images here. Gorgeous page. Thank you for the respite from a busy day.

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @TransplantedSoul: They sure do. That's all I use these days.

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      TransplantedSoul 4 years ago

      Phones do have amazing cameras these days.

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @silla lm: Aww thank you so much!

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      silla lm 4 years ago

      I love that close-up photo you took of the yellow rose!

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      grrbtn 4 years ago

      Some great photos here which just goes to show you don't need to splash out on an expensive camera to capture some great shots. Well done on the lens

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @rainykua: Aww thank you cheerfulnuts. That's so nice of you. :)

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      rainykua 4 years ago

      I love taking pictures with my iPad Mini (I don't have an iPhone). Because the screen is big, I can easily see the details and the pictures would always turn out the way I want. I also enjoy taking pictures of flowers.:) Your photos are really beautiful. I especially like the photos of the botanical garden and the Tokyo Disney Sea. I love Duffy Bear!!!

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @anonymous: I am going to try and get better at taking flowers. Wish me luck. Oh, and thanks for reading my lens!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I love flower photography, but like to see them in their context. So, for me it is gardens to petals, bright colours to fine texture in leaves - the whole gambit of flowers in their glory.

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @TommysPal: Thanks so much for your comments TonnysPal. Really appreciate it.

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      TommysPal 4 years ago

      Great pictures. I love photographing flowers. I can't get that close with my camera though. Beautiful pictures.

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Susan300: Totally my pleasure susan.

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      Susan300 4 years ago

      Thanks for being part of the 2013 Squidoo County Fair! :)

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @captainj88: Digital cameras are good too because the iphone doesn't do zoom too well. Still it's very convenient to use and so easy. Thanks for reading my lens leah.

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      Leah J. Hileman 4 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      I don't own a phone right now (mine broke but I am working temporarily at a camp so there is no cellular service here anyway), so I'm sort of stuck using my digital camera. My dad has the iPhone 5 and adores it and takes pictures all the time now. I hope to invest in one in the autumn when my job is done and I move on to the next one.

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      I don't think we even own a camera these days - the iPhone wins every time:)

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @steadytracker lm: It was fun! Thanks for visiting.

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      steadytracker lm 4 years ago

      Thanks for entering this lens into the 2013 Squidoo County Fair.

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @favored: Thank you so much for your kind comments. Truly appreciate it.

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      Fay Favored 4 years ago from USA

      The photos came out quite lovely. I really like the roses. Nice to see how well the iphone takes pictures.

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Rhonda Lytle: Thank you so much for your kind words. I really appreciate it!

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      Rhonda Lytle 4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      Amazing azalea shots and that first picture in the last gallery glows like a magical fairy tale. I suck at photography but I know beautiful shots when I see them and you got it.

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Judith Nazarewicz: Thanks for visiting and commenting. Yes there are some amazing apps out there. have fun!

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      Judith Nazarewicz 4 years ago from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

      I just tried using my iphone for photos. WOW your pictures are amazing! I must try some of these apps and Thanks so much for sharing. :-)

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @ArtbyMAR: Thanks for the comments ArtbyMAR.

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @TipsForMoms: Thanks for your comment! Hmmm.....I wonder if it's different for the iphone? I'm not good at keeping my hands steady either.

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      ArtbyMAR 4 years ago

      I will have to try out the photo apps for my iPhone, thanks for the info.

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      TipsForMoms 4 years ago

      Love the camera in my Droid DNA but I need to learn to stops shaking! I never could get good, closeups of the flowers here.

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Namsak: Thank you kasman. Yes the iphone is pretty cool and good enough for me to use.

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Fufurinha47: Yes all with my iphone. I don't use anything else these days. Thanks for the comments!

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      Namsak 4 years ago

      Didn't realise an iphone could take such good photos. Nicely done.

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      Beatriz 4 years ago from Portugal

      Were that photos taken with Iphone? They're amazing!

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @lesliesinclair: Papier thank you for visiting and commenting. I really appreciate it. I also love your collection of awesome lenses! I still have to get through them!

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      lesliesinclair 4 years ago

      Wow, you've got me beat all to pieces as far as photographing with my iphone. I've been disappointed with it, but now I'm going to try again. Lovely job.

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @VinnWong: thanks so much vinn!

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      VinnWong 4 years ago

      These pictures are beautiful smine27. Thank you for sharing them.