Natural Light

“Natural light photography uses the sun as a light source”

I am a passionate flower photographer and mainly use natural light as my light source as I photograph outdoors, hardly ever in a studio/indoors. We all know that the time of day influences the way the light falls, the colour, the shadows. Early morning and late evening are the best times for flower photography, but that is not always the time when we are able to visit public gardens. Of course in our own gardens we are free to take photos at any time of the day.

Horse Chestnut

Sometimes I want to capture the backlight through leaves or flowers.

Sometimes I aim for a more artistic approach. Something that can be framed for the wall

And I love to get in close to see those details that the naked eye can miss

And then there are times when I need to wait patiently for a bee to visit

All of these examples rely on natural light to capture the beauty of the natural world.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #138 | Natural Light


  1. beetleypete says:

    Perfect examples, and some great close-ups.
    Best wishes, Pete. x

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks Pete. Hard to choose from the so many I have on my various blogs!

  2. Tina Schell says:

    I had to laugh at your comment that about photographing in our own gardens. That, of course, assumes we have one Jude LOL!! I always enjoy your images of your beautiful garden and envy your talent and commitment, and certainly your results! Personally, your images and visits to public gardens are as close as I get to such beauty. Your backlit images are my favorites this week although as always they are all wonderful.

    1. Heyjude says:

      There have been many years without a garden Tina, though I have always had a few containers outdoors and houseplants. Possibly an English addiction 😊 Back-light is always lovely, especially through leaves and grasses.

  3. Natural light really does allow for the best photos. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Heyjude says:

      I think I am beginning to get the hang of how to use the light better. Thanks for popping in 😊

  4. pattimoed says:

    Hi, Jude. Great macro shots. Your bee image is wonderful!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Macros are a bit of a passion. Be good to get the macro lens out again.

      1. pattimoed says:

        I’m glad you did, Jude. They’re wonderful.

  5. Amy says:

    Such a beaugtiful natural light series. I love how your backlit images, tulip is stunning. Those close-up shots, wow!!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks Amy, back-lighting is lovely when it works.

  6. artfulcrone says:

    Really beautiful photos! I so enjoy following your blog.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Oh, thank you, I really appreciate your visits.

  7. Lovely, just made me think it won’t be long till I can practise taking photos of the tulips! Really intense blue there of the anemones (I think that’s what they are) in your first photo.

    1. Heyjude says:

      I noticed buds on some of my tulips the other day, hope they survive the upcoming storm! And yes, the header are anemone coronaria

  8. Suzanne says:

    Those horse chestnut leaves are fabulous lit up the light. Jude, it would be a fab one for your latest photo challenge regarding “green”.

    1. Heyjude says:

      It would indeed Suzanne, though I am trying to avoid any more flora or landscapes. I do have a lot of those photos ☺️

      1. Suzanne says:

        I can imagine. I was just pointing out the obvious as I do in my enlightened moments 🙂

        1. Heyjude says:

          Well, you’re not wrong 😂

  9. Ann Mackay says:

    Beautiful photographs with a lovely use of light – it’s a pleasure to see them! 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      Well they don’t compare with you fabulous studio portraits, but I think I am getting better at using the light with flowers outside now. Still lots to learn.

      1. Ann Mackay says:

        Thanks Jude! The photograph of the tulips has a wonderful glow to it – full of light and life and the joy of spring. 🙂

  10. Murtagh's Meadow says:

    Gorgeous selection of images

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks MM. Just a few from my flower blog which is in retirement at the moment.

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