Seeing Flowers: Discover the Hidden Life of Flowers, Photography, by Robert Llewellyn, Written by Teri Dunn Chace.
Robert Llewellyn’s macro photography of flowers for this book is simply astonishing. I have never seen anything quite like it. Seeing Flowers features over three hundred extraordinary photographs of flowers, organized by family, from the Amaryllis family through the Viola family. Each chapter – family – includes text by Teri Dunn Chace discussing botanical and horticultural details – And though in depth and thorough, the scientific discussion is never dry but readable and fascinating.
For me, though, the images are the heart of the book. Although the book does not include technical information for the photographs, Llewellyn’s website is very informative (http://www.robertllewellyn.com), Llewellyn produces these macro images using “image stacking” – shooting many images at different points of focus of then stitching into a single image. Llewellyn developed his techniques himself – He shoots as many as 100 images for a single photograph, each image focusing on planes separated by perhaps only a centimeter. Llewellyn’s camera is attached to a computer-controlled motor-driven mount on a vertical axis above his subject.
Until I found Seeing Flowers, I was not aware of Robert Llewellyn, but his website provides lots of wonderful photography and information worth spending a good deal of time. Besides including lots of his macro and other photography, Llewellyn’s website is one of the best designed photography sites I have seen recently. Llewellyn has published his work extensively – Books are listed on his website as well as Amazon’s Llewellyn page. Another recent book featuring Llewellyn’s photography using the same macro technique is Seeing Trees: Discover the Extraordinary Secrets of Everyday Trees.
Robert Llewellyn’s website: http://www.robertllewellyn.com
Seeing Flowers at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Seeing-Flowers-Discover-Hidden-Life/dp/160469422X
Seeing Trees at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Seeing-Trees-Discover-Extraordinary-Everyday/dp/1604692197/
More about focus stacking: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Focus_stacking and http://www.dpreview.com/articles/5717972844/focus-stacking-in-macro-photography