Flower Impressions with Diffusion

Using a simple accessory for your lens, you can create a dreamy, impressionistic effect in your flower photos. A diffusion filter screws on to the front of the lens (you can also use rectangular ones that fit in a holder) and spreads the light passing through it. This creates a soft, slightly-foggy effect, especially in the highlights of your subject. If you have a mixture of light flowers and dark leaves, the effect will be more noticeable.

Diffusion filter applied
4 sec, f/22, ISO 100, 200mm

No special exposure or focus adjustments are necessary when using this filter. Your camera's metering and focusing systems adjust to give you a proper exposure. Be sure to take an image without the filter, too, so you can compare the effect.

No diffusion filter
3.2 sec, f/22, ISO 100, 200mm

If you'd like to learn more ways to create flower impressions with your camera, join my class at the Lifelong Learning Center in Missoula, Montana, beginning April 4, 2019. Click here to register.