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geranium

June 23, 2012

in Flora & fauna

Flowers are often photographed from the front – a face on view is often the most showy. But one of the main reasons we enjoy flowers is for their colour, and sometimes changing our point of view has better results. From behind, the sunlight travels through the petals making the colours come to life, with overlaps and transparency, richly coloured veins and contrasting green sepals. We also see the delicacy of the stalk holding the flower and can imagine it nodding in the breeze.

This is my favourite geranium, Geranium himalayense ‘Gravetye’. Its rich violet colours are easily lost if printed badly, and almost impossible to achieve with inkjet technology. The traditional C-type process is the only way to capture its vibrant hues.

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