Who knew that a polytunnel could be perfect for portraits? OK, maybe not this sort of portrait, but for portraits of flowers they are brilliant. There's no wind, so no motion blur, it's warm when there's a cold wind and, best of all, the light is beautifully diffuse with the polythene acting as a huge filter.
Rachel at Green and Gorgeous has several polytunnels, one of which last week was filled with ranunculus in different shades and various stages of blooming. It was the ideal place to fiddle with apertures, shutter speeds and ISOs while trying to take some decent shots of these gorgeous flowers.I could have spent a long, long time in here - something that our tutor Clare West did last spring (scroll down for her stunning photos of ranunculus).
There are ruffles and buds,
long stems and tissue-paper petals,
plenty to focus on,
and enough room for a whole group of portrait photographers.
(And I made myself take some non-portrait portraits. I have to remember than landscape portraits are good, too.)