Firstly, many thanks to all of you who have already completed my Flowerona Survey. It’s been really lovely to hear your thoughts.
If you’ve not filled it out yet, it’s open until Sunday evening. And if you’re a UK resident, you have the chance to win one of three books if you complete it.
Today, I’m thrilled to feature a photographer who I’ve admired for some time, Sue Bishop.
Could you tell us how you became interested in flower photography?
I’ve always loved nature, and so when I bought my first camera many years ago, I started photographing landscapes, trees, flowers, and any natural subject that I could find.
Over the years, I became particularly drawn to flowers because of their endless variety of beautiful colours and graceful, delicate shapes.
Also, they make wonderful subjects for close-up and macro photography, which I love…pollen grains on an anther, diamonds of frost on a petal…you see detail through a macro lens that you would never otherwise see in ‘normal’ life!
How did you learn your photography skills?
I’m almost entirely self-taught.
I joined a camera club when I began taking photographs, went to lectures and workshops about photography whenever I could, and devoured photographic books and magazines!
What type of camera and lenses do you use?
I have a Nikon D700 with a couple of zoom lenses which I use for landscapes, and my favourite lens for flower photography, the micro-Nikkor 105mm.
Could you tell us about your Photography Workshops and Tours?
In 1994, I founded Light & Land, the photographic holiday company, and ran it for ten years.
At that point it was keeping me so busy in the office that I had no time for my own photography. So I sold my share in it and started to enjoy being a photographer again!
Now, I accompany walking and trekking holidays organised by Exodus and Headwater, helping people with their photography as we walk through beautiful landscapes.
Could you tell us about any of your recent commissions where flowers are featured?
Some years ago, I had a commission to photograph various flowers and fruits for a range of bath and beauty products for Marks and Spencer, which was a challenge, and also enormous fun!
I generally work speculatively though, and sell my work through photo libraries.
What are your plans for the remainder of 2012/2013?
I think it’s time to write another book!
I’ve written three books so far (Photographing Flowers, Digital Flower Photography, and Colour Light & Composition), and I have one or two ideas in mind for the next one.
The big decision though is whether to go for another print book or do an ebook this time.
Do you have a favourite flower?
I do have several favourites…cherry blossom, astrantia and love-in-a-mist.
And this summer, I fell in love with cosmos, which were at their best during that little window of good weather we had in September!
Aren’t Sue’s photographs just stunning? I’ve got two of her books and they’re so informative.
If you’d like to keep up-to-date with Sue’s news, she’s on Facebook.
(Images : Sue Bishop)