Last week I started seeing all these beautiful purple flowers blooming at the same time along my drive to Milo's school. So with the kids in the car one day, I made three stops to speed shoot the Purple Sensation Allium, the Iris and some kind of purple wild flower. I had no expectations, being in a rush, but I'm really happy with how these turned out. It was late in the day and the sun was at a nice angle and I'm getting better at adjusting my camera quickly. 

I've always loved taking pictures of flowers and the Iris may have been one the first that I took pictures of years and years ago. I took those first flower shots for my Grandma, who's name is Iris. I always think of her when I see these beautiful purple flowers.

Do certain flowers make you think of certain people? What are your favorite flowers? I had a great flower garden when we lived in New Jersey, but I haven't had the time to really get it going up here yet and there are also way more deer here who like to munch on the most beautiful blooms. I am limited to our fenced backyard for space, but I'd like to plant some Irises, thistles and a few more lilies this summer.

Equipment: Canon EOS 5D Mark II,  EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM lens

Exposures: All at ISO 100 and f/2.8
#1 Allium: 1/2000 secs at f/2.8
#2 Dark Iris: 1/800 secs at f/2.8
#3 Light Iris: 1/250 secs at f/2.8
#4 Wild Flower: 1/3200 secs at f/2.8
#5 Dark Iris: 1/1000 secs at f/2.8
#6 Light Iris: 1/250 secs at f/2.8
#7 Wild Flower: 1/3200 secs at f/2.8
#8 Allium: 1/1250 secs at f/2.8

Lighting: Natural light