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. Leya says:

    Wonderfully lit gallery, Jude! Backlit is almost alwasys winners, and your tulip is my favourite!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks Ann-Christine. I do have a soft spot for tulips!

  2. Your flower photos are always stunning, Jude and I’m inspired to think more carefully about what I’m trying to capture in mine.

    1. Heyjude says:

      I have been a complete “snapshot” photographer and ended up with far too many photos of the same subject none of which were particularly good, eventually I learned about the light and the composition, and now I am more selective.

  3. Hammad Rais says:

    I also love to capture sunlight through trees and leaves, especially on a perfect blue sky day.
    Very amazing captures 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      There is something very appealing about the light through trees and leaves. And especially on a beautiful sunny day.

  4. Su Leslie says:

    Wow! These are all lovely Jude, and the back-lit tulips are absolutely stunning 😍

  5. Cathy says:

    Those close up photos are particularly stunning, Jude

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks Cathy, a passion of mine. Be good to get the macro lens out again.

  6. Anne Sandler says:

    Great post and macros!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks Anne.

  7. It´s a pleasure to see all of them.Well done.

  8. Marsha says:

    Jude, the blue flowers in your heading are such a striking color. I love your running dialogue and especially your picture of the center of the flower. It looks like there are living creatures there besides the plant, but it all must be part of the plant. I love the little blackish flowers withing the flower. That one picture alone speaks volumes. 🙂

  9. Lovely to see your photos. Beautiful and beautifully lit. I like to take photos when out on the daily walk or from the garden or neighbourhood … Like you probably have far too many. I feel inspired about using natural light. I don’t know if you are using a proper camera? I’m just using my mobile phone. Though the last time I said that to someone taking amazing seascapes they said this was all they had too!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Hi Maria. Thanks for visiting my blog. I usually use a camera and interchangeable lenses, but since we aren’t going very far I have taken to simply carrying my phone and using that when I see something I like. Some camera phones are very good.

      1. Thanks for that, Jude. Am inspired to carry on taking photos too! The wonder of phones these days.

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