I can’t believe I’ve never done a blog article about one of my photographic subjects: flowers.

In fact, when I was just starting out in photography, I was trying to decide what I should specialize in. There were many genres that I was contemplating: travel, sports, flowers, personal, fashion.

So you know I decided on fashion for many reasons. I’ve done professional photography of the other genres and I love them. But to do them full-time, just wouldn’t fulfill me as much. But to do them as a supplement to fashion is a fantastic change of pace and, helps me to learn other techniques and solutions to problem I may encounter in fashion. Absolutely. You’d be surprised.

Flowers are a huge passion of mine. I have thousands, yes, thousands of images of flowers over the years. Whether I’m taking a walk to the post office, a photo walk or in my mother’s backyard, I take every opportunity. One of the best things to happen was the purchase of my iPhone 11. The quality of it is enough that I don’t feel the need to have a compact camera with me all the time in case I come upon a gem on the sidewalk.

Enjoy!

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My First Images of Flowers

One of my first flower images taken with my first camera. The Canon EOS 50D. I didn't even have a 'good' lens yet and had rented a Zeiss 35mm f/1.4. Taken in my mother's garden where there is at least 4 different colors of roses...  This pic has always been one of my favorites. No post-processing at all except what I unknowingly knew the camera would apply.

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How I would process the photo today. Just added some contrast and saturation. I didn't even take this pic in RAW format. I'm so surprised I was able to bring out the colors. One of the best things about Canon RAW files. The flexibility.

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Flowers and Nude Photography?

When I was at a group photo shoot and we were waiting for the model to show-up, I thought I would keep myself entertained and just take pictures of some of the surrounding foliage. When I was done, she told me "Did you know people who take pictures of flowers also tend to to be good nude photographers?

So what do you think? Does good flower photography equal good nude photography?

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Flowers in Central Park

You would think Central Park in New York City would have an incredibly diverse range of flowers. Well, not really.

I don't know if they get a discount on bulk, but they tend to use the same 12 - 18 types of flowers all over the park. They are replanted every year so I don't know why they can't have more diversity in the park. However, I could spend all day in there taking the flowers in their different settings and lighting.

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New York City: The Concrete Jungle King? Not Really

These photos were taken at various locations throughout New York City. Mostly, Manhattan and Brooklyn. But you'd be surprised. New Yorkers love parks and flowers! They are everywhere! But as typical New Yorkers, we're usually in a hurry walking from point A to point B and don't notice them. But me, I always notice them.

How can I not? How can we not?

Ricardo Gomez Photography

Originally from San Francisco, Ricardo is now a New York-based photographer specializing in editorial and commercial photography.
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