Spring has sprung / by Mario Mirabile

It's spring, and as always that means flowers are blooming. I used to photograph flowers a lot more than I do now. They're beautiful, technically challenging to photograph well, and everyone loves a good flower shot.  But even though my tastes and inclinations have changed with the years, I still enjoy both the process and the results when I get around to working with a few blooms.

The presenters of a podcast I used to listen to once proclaimed that "no-one has ever become famous for photographing flowers". My friend Martin says that Robert Mapplethorpe was famous for photographing flowers, although I contend that that wasn't what made him famous. Either way, it hasn't worked for me yet.