Looking at Flowers through a Macro Lens


Last week I spent a wonderful day at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show, there is something special about looking at flowers through a macro lens. One of the things I love about going is the range of flowers that are there that you can photograph. The day was perfect for taking photos. The sun was shining and there wasn’t too much wind, sadly the weather didn’t stay that way.

Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show


No one looks at you weirdly as if you are ripping them off because  you are taking photos. It is a comfortable environment to do it, and I think it is almost expected.


I can take as many as I like. There are so many people there doing exactly the same thing. Everywhere you look there are people with cameras around their necks. Some are there to get shots like me, and others just to record what they are seeing.


I love doing macro flowers but if you don’t have a great garden then opportunities to take some of these flowers is incredibly hard. I don’t have one, I don’t have the patience to look after one, so events like this are perfect for me.


It is great getting lots of photos and then coming home putting them on the computer to see what I can do to them. I love the opportunity to play with them. I sometimes feel I don’t do it enough.


Looking at Flowers through a Macro Lens

I don’t think I did a great job of getting the flowers this year. I thought I would an opportunity to go back so I didn’t spend as much time as I should have. Unfortunately, I didn’t get back. Still there is always next year. I did make contact with a nursery and there might be the possibility of going there to get some more macro photos. We will see.

These images were all taken with the Tamron 90mm macro lens.

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  1. Is that using the newer model of the 90mm Tamron (i.e. the internal focusing)? I’ve got the older extending model, but still a great lens. Quite good Bang for Buck.

    1. Tamron have just released a new version, so it isn’t that one, but the latest if that makes sense. It is a great lens, I thought it was great to use. Absolutely.

  2. The detail in flowers is always incredible when you get in close, isn’t it? 🙂 I love that opening lilac one. have a lovely Easter, Leanne! I expect you have something planned?

    1. It is Jo, I love seeing them up close. Thank you and you have a lovely one too. No, nothing planned, I’m sick, so I will spend some time recovering.

  3. >No one looks at you weirdly as if you are ripping them off because you are taking photos.
    Yeah, I know that feeling! This sounds like a great event.

    1. It was, so frustrating when you get questioned about why you are taking photos and then being told you can’t. Thanks Karen.

    1. Thank you Amy, I think I explained it badly, I meant overall with all the images I got, I did get lots of blurred ones, it happens.

    1. Thank you, I think these turned out okay, but majority of my photos weren’t great, I got a lot of blurry ones, it happens, but it was good to find some that worked. They are quite good, good fun.

  4. Our flower show was last week too, Leanne. I wasn’t able to go this year, but when I do go, I enjoy it very much. Your clearly saw some beautiful flowers. Nice captures my friend!

  5. My 100mm macro spends the most amount of time on my camera than any other lens. I love taking flower photos and am amassing quite a collection (all key-worded).

    1. Wow, that sounds great, I should use mine more, unfortunately I don’t do it enough, but I do love photographing flowers. Thank you.

  6. I think you made some wonderful macro images of the flowers you saw. It’s fantastic that this flower show welcomes photographers and their monopods, tripods, and cameras! So many don’t.
    I do not have a green thumb so, I often purchase or beg for a branch of flowers from neighbors to photograph, or beg to visit their garden with my camera.

    I love how your controlled your aperture and DOF to darken the background thereby showing off the pedals, or shape of the blossom.

    1. Thank you, it is fantastic that they do that. I don’t have them either, my garden is a mess. I’m going to go to nurseries I think, see what I can get there.

  7. great shots! Maybe you should try at least having a few sturdy plants of your own. Some perennial, flowering bushes are almost care-free, once planted. And the come back every year…

    1. I have tried, but I forget to water them and then they die, much easier to find access to some that aren’t reliant on me. Thank you.

  8. Wow, Leanne! Great photos, as always! You went for the details and you got lovely results. Bravo, my friend! 🙂

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