Colors are very important in every aspect of photography and Flora is absolutely no exception! However, there is one color in Flora which seems to be overlooked, mostly because of its abundance. And that is Mrs. GREEN.
Green is not even a “real color”, it is the color between blue and yellow, so in fact – as you might remember from your school art classes – you can easily create it by combining yellow and blue ;-). By far the largest contributor to green in nature is chlorophyll, the chemical by which plants photosynthesize and convert sunlight into chemical energy. Many creatures have adapted to their green environments by taking on a green hue themselves as camouflage (hello frogs, hello crocodiles!)
So yes, the majority of Flora is in green thanks to chlorophyll. Leaves, stems, grass, trees – there is so much green, than we tend to focus on other, more rare colors in Flora and we are hunting for every other color BUT green. That’s why Flora is often associated with colorful flowers. But that is totally unfair to the green color, and the rest of Flora and it is also a missed opportunity because the green parts of Flora are so beautiful.
And that’s why we are always mesmerized by the work of our students, when they are sharing assignments in green. Green parts of Flora are the best to showcase elements of design, particularly lines and patterns. To showcase how green Flora images are stunning, we have put together some examples taken by our students in the recent PHOTOGRAPHING FLORA classes.
And what do our students say about Photographing Flora class?
This has been an eye-opening class. Watching Patrik’s critiques has been invaluable, with his kind encouragement and clear guidance for improvement. I hear his voice in my head sometimes now when I take photos now! I also learned a lot and gained inspiration from my classmates. I will probably take it again.
PHOTOGRAPHING FLORA class begins in June 5th, please join us here and learn how to photograph flora too (and not only in green color ;-).
We are looking forward to meeting you in class!
Patrik and Monika Banas