Although Canberra is only 3 hours drive from Sydney, until last weekend I hadn’t visited for 15 years which is a shame because I’d completely forgotten about “Floriade” – Canberra’s annual flower festival (the biggest in Australia) which offers lots of opportunities to take great photos of spring flowers
Held annually during September/October in Canberra’s Commonwealth Park, Floriade is Canberra’s biggest annual tourist drawcard, attracting photographers, gardeners and flower lovers from around Australia and overseas.
For a few years there was an entry charge but admission to Floriade has been free for a number of years as the ACT government must have realised how much money Floriade tourists bring to the tiny cash strapped Territory.
Floriade Photography Tips
Photographers are advised to wait until the 2nd or 3rd weekend before visiting Floriade because that will give more time for the flowers to bloom.
The best times of day for shooting photos are early morning and late afternoon as the flowers are lit from the side. At midday the sun is right overhead and strongest so it would be difficult to take good photos. Also partly cloudy weather will allow you to take a wider variety of photos at different light levels.
If you have a Digital SLR camera it would be advisable to take a macro and mid-range lense as this will increase your opportunities to take creative photos.
If you have a compact camera try and think outside the box, take photos from ground level, side on, closeup etc rather than just held out in front of your body while you’re standing up straight.