Blustery conditions present real problems for garden photography. It’s another roses are like dogs comparison, but even in a moderate summer breeze, some varieties of English roses will bounce around on the ends of their branches like enthusiastic young puppies hoping to be taken for a walk. If you’re hoping to take a few macro shots, it’s going to be hard enough keeping the bloom in shot, never mind in focus!
The perfect conditions are rare but you’ll get better results, more quickly, the stiller the breeze. Keep an eye on the weather forecast, using a site that will predict the wind speed at particular times of the day. If you have a choice of dates for photography, look for an overcast day when the wind speed will be 7mph (a light breeze) or less.
At the same time check for rain, not just on the day of your shoot but in the days leading up to it.
Raindrops on roses sounds very romantic. Despite the song, raindrops tend not to do roses (or cameras) any favours, though early morning dew can create interesting effects.
A light shower will refresh the roses, but if you visit a rose garden in full bloom immediately after a night – or even worse, a few days – of heavy rain, most varieties will be looking decidedly bedraggled. It can take quite a few days, and lots of deadheading, before the roses really recover.
Of course, if you’re just taking a few pictures as you happen to be passing by, you’ll have to make the best of whatever conditions you find at the time. And we all know that forecasts can be wrong!
But if you’ll be making a rare journey to that major rose garden you’ve been longing to capture in photographs, try to keep your options open until you have a good idea what the weather will be like.