Dahlia Flowers
... showy, sassy and sensuous

There's nothing more eye-popping than dahlia flowers. The colours dwarf even the most  psychedelic Italian gelato.  Yum!

The only way to top a dahlia photograph is to turn it into a masterpiece of painterly photography.  Roll out the textures and fire up Photoshop.

Got a fetish for intense colours?  Dahlias might be your darlings.

But, flashy colours aren't their only virtue.  They have a long blooming stretch  from spring through fall.  If a winter without is too much for you to bear,  pick some up from the local flower shop. Here's how to put together a DIY home photo studio.

I can work one dahlia bloom for hours... days, even.  They stay fresh in a vase for at least a week. For the few dollars they cost, they're a productive investment.

Lime green and magenta are a splashy combination. Don't you agree?

Energetic properties of dahlias:

  • They encourage us to follow our inner guidance and remind us of how powerful we are.
  • They tell us that one person can make a big difference in the lives of all the people around us.


  • Associated with the root and crown chakras

The Lensbaby Velvet 56

All the images of dahlia flowers on this page were taken with my Lensbaby Velvet 56.  I wanted one of those "babies" for so many years. And I'm overjoyed with the results.

A Lensbaby takes practice but if you stick with it, you'll be rewarded.  A perfect match for flower photography because of the soft, ethereal quality it produces.

The Velvet 56 was my first choice. It's a fixed lens, different from the optic swap system like the Composer Pro II with the Sweet 50 Optic. That's next on my wish-list.

Lensbabies create a soft focus around a small area of sharp focus. Outside that focus, the lens produces a beautiful, soft  image with some distortion.

Perfect for flower photography.

"When you look at a flower, you first see the whole flower, its color and shape.  As you keep looking, you see the petals and veins and stamens and pistils.  When you look more closely still, you see the segments and shading in the petals, until you begin to feel the vastness of those details.  To see the vastness by looking at one thing in its details is to see its sacred connection to space and to all other things."

-   Jeremy Haywood, A Guide to the Sacred World of Shamabhala Warriorship

Choose Young, Flawless Dahlia Flowers

Some dahlia flowers are meant to be photographed as verticals! Like this one.

I love the tiny yellow florets and the yellow with the deep fuchsia. 

This flower was quite small but since it's a macro there's nothing to judge the size.

Textures Might Finesse A Dahlia Image
... Experiment to find the perfect combo

My photo editing software is primarily Photoshop when layers are involved. Lightroom  handles all of your 'developing' but, if you plan on adding textures, you'll need to move over to Photoshop. 

You can shuffle your images smoothly between Lightroom and Photoshop, though some folks use Photoshop with Adobe Camera Raw and Bridge and never use Lightroom. 

Do a Google search to find free textures or shoot some of your own.  I keep a file of photos of rusty metal, rocks, concrete or wooden walls, old wall paper... anything... use your imagination.

Most of the textures I use now make my photos appear to be paintings.  Get them from French Kiss Textures.

(I'm not paid to tell you how much I love them, nor do I receive any commissions when you make a purchase.  That's how much I love them!)

All the dahlia flowers on this page were shot indoors. It's always breezy here on the Island and when you're shooting macro images, even a teeny-weensy petal movement causes blur.  Breezes are always a wasted effort.

I use my tripod every time for macro or close up photography, natural light, a background pasted on foam board, and one or two twist ties to keep unwanted flowers or leaves out of the way.

Dahlias are such a diverse, gorgeous and colourful group of flowers.  My favourites are some of the very darkest colours but if you like white and pastels, you're in luck.

If you're running into problems on a breezy day when you're going for macros or close-ups, pick a few and move them inside to your DIY home photo studio.

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