One of my favorite ways to create impressions of flowers is to use long exposures with long lenses and hand-hold the camera. This means my slight movements during the exposure create a painterly feeling. I purposely turn off any anti-shake features on the lens or in the camera, such as Image Stabilizer (Canon) or VR (Nikon).
|3 seconds, f/8, ISO 100, 70mm|
A variation on this technique is to intentionally move the camera slightly, following the "shape" of the flowers. This creates streaks along the lines of the plant to mimic a painter's brush strokes. In the photograph below I made a small downward movement, following the stems of the lavender.
|2 seconds, f/11, ISO 100, 55mm|
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