Somehow I’ve managed to avoid seeing any cranberry flowers until two years ago. Since then, I’ve somehow managed to avoid shooting them, but I was really hoping to correct that mistake this summer. It figures that when you’re looking for them, they’re nowhere to be found… So I stopped looking, and suddenly found a whole marsh full of cranberry flowers!
The cranberry (Vaccinium oxycoccus) is something of a challenge to shoot. Firstly, it’s a very small flower, growing just a few centimeters off the ground. Secondly, the flower points downwards. And thirdly, it grows in marshland. Put these three together and you’ll need your entire bag of tricks to get some keepers!
The angle finder proved once again to be an essential piece of kit. I had to put the camera on the mossbed (checking first that it wouldn’t be all too wet but I was still grateful for the L-plate which isolated the camera just a little bit) to get a level angle and it would’ve been impossible to twist my head to look in the viewfinder without sinking my face in the moss. But with the angle finder, I managed to pull the whole thing off with nothing more than wet knees and I even got my keeper cranberry flower pictures!