I spent several days at my Mother’s house last year around this time.  Her yard is a photographer’s dream come true as her husband has quite the green thumb.  She has access to some very wonderful scenery right out of her back door.  One morning we went out to do some shooting so I could help my Mom with the ropes of digital photography.  She had gone inside due to the disgusting humidity, Delaware tends to get pretty humid around this time. I stayed outside so I could snag some macro shots of the due on the flowers.

I shot this flower a couple times at a few different angles and was just about to go inside when I turned my head to look at the uglier flowers.  Not that they started out ugly, but the beetles and bugs had gotten to a few of them, making them less desirable than the others.  I looked a bit closer to find a private party happening on the inside of one of these “ugly” flowers.  I threw the extension tube on to get a closer look.. sure enough these two beetles were bumping uglies!

Photo Tip:

When you are photographing the obvious, be sure to break the mold and take a look around for more subtle subjects.  If you keep this little tip in mind, you may find something more interesting than the obviously “good” subject matter.  I had no idea that looking through the ugly flowers would yield such a reward!  Try to be vigilant during your photo shoots as this heightened awareness may bring you to some pretty cool subjects to photograph.

Blake Rudis
f.64 Academy and f.64 Elite are the brainchildren of Blake Rudis. While he is a landscape photographer he is most passionate about post-processing images in Photoshop and mentoring others.

For Blake, it is less about the art and more about the process. He dives deep into difficult topics and makes them easy to understand through his outside the box thinking.
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