Angelic Flower Photography with a 70-300 Telephoto

Flower photography is usually synonymous with macro, so why am I using a telephoto zoom? I only have 30 minutes today to capture the incredible spring cherry blossoms. There’s no time for careful planning. Grab your telephoto and let’s go…. we’ll talk settings and marvel at the soft beautiful mood of spring.

Congratulations to all of you… you are amazing! Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful images with me. Submit your images to Instagram hashtag #heyrachellerch… I’ll be featuring select images on Sundays!

This Week’s Instagram Images:

Brian Crane:
Erich Anderson:
Diane Puff:
George Weiss:
Kimberly Young:
Louise Jovovic:
Just Lovely Photography by Dominique Cooper:
John Fitzpatrick:
Geoff Scott:

My Camera Gear:

Lowepro Protactic 450 AW:
Sony a99ii:
Sony Zeiss 16-35 f2.8 SSM ZA:
Sony Zeiss 24-70 f2.8 SSM ZA:
Sony 70-300 f4.5-5.6 SSM G:
Minolta 55mm Macro:
NiSi V5 Pro square filter system:
NiSi 100x150mm 3 stop GND filter:
NiSi 100×100 7 stop ND filter:
NiSi Circular UV Filter:
NiSi Circular Polarizing Filter (included in filter kit)
Lowepro S&F Filter Pouch 100:
Manfrotto 190go! tripod:
Lenspen Hurricane Blower
Lenspen – lens cleaner with dust removal brush
Rain Covers (these things are awesome) –

My Video Gear:

Canon M50 – vlogging camera:
Zhiyun Crane v2 – gimbal:
Pergear gimbal tripod:
Rode VideoMicro with wind muff:

Camera and Video gear links are Amazon Affiliate links. If you make a purchase using any link, I receive a small percentage.

Location: Royal Botanical Gardens, Burlington, Ontario, Canada

Worth The While by Kata
Same Old Road by Ten Towers feat. Judith Rindeskog

#landscapephotography #photography


  1. Gone Zapatero on September 23, 2019 at 9:25 pm

    Beautiful shots there, lovely gardens or park

  2. George Demchak on September 23, 2019 at 9:30 pm

    Great video as always. BTW love the new look.

  3. Artist1974CH on September 23, 2019 at 9:30 pm

    Beautiful images from you and the featured photographers! 🙂

  4. Dave Ryan on September 23, 2019 at 9:31 pm

    Great video Rachel, love the long lens shots of trees in bloom

  5. Mark Attardo on September 23, 2019 at 9:31 pm

    Great video. Congrats Brian and company for the great images.

  6. Maria Czarzasty on September 23, 2019 at 9:33 pm

    Spring with birds singing brings joy, but this hummingbird in those fragile blooms was magical. Thank you Rachel for sharing your amazing video and photographs with wonderful composions, all captured in such short time. Images of other photographers you have selected are breathtaking. Bravo to all of you.

  7. Paul M on September 23, 2019 at 9:33 pm

    Cool post, Rachel. Trees in bloom can be more difficult than one would think — field of view is key. I recently tried a blossoming peach orchard — compressed scene, as you did, w/tele. Used macro. Then turned to focus stacking and zoom during slow exposure for effect. Lens twist for induced blur. Fish-eye made for a different shot as well. Gotta be lucky to get a humming bird in the wild — patience and positioning in one spot works (sometimes).

  8. Anne Jutras on September 23, 2019 at 9:34 pm

    Hello Rachel,
    Beautiful images! Love your artistic touch. ❤ Can’t wait to see the apple trees bloom, here in Quebec, it’s late.

  9. Yvon Simard on September 23, 2019 at 9:35 pm

    Great job. Picture with the bench is amazing

  10. Minolta4Life on September 23, 2019 at 9:39 pm

    One trick you might want to try for macro of those leafs on those trees and shoot wide and shoot in 4k and just move the camera or focus ring. Shoot 4k at 30 fames. Now you can extract a jpeg from the video. Its not raw but it works really good for small things that are moving fast.

  11. Carol Johnson on September 23, 2019 at 9:39 pm

    Beautiful images! Absolutely love, love, love the one of the tree with the bench in the background.

  12. Danield DuLany on September 23, 2019 at 9:41 pm

    How do post on instagram so you see it. This is all new to me.

  13. cameraman655 on September 23, 2019 at 9:42 pm

    Great imagery, but that music, aaaaghh…. feels like I am at a Lilith Fair Concert.

  14. Garrick Gillette on September 23, 2019 at 9:45 pm

    Nice job… your music choice. Speed Vlogging 😁😁😁😁

  15. Bob/Rob Osborne on September 23, 2019 at 9:45 pm

    Some lovely captures! Got out to trail along the Grand River in Glen Morris and found trout lilies, Dutchman’s breeches, Bloodroots, Siberian squills, trillium, and Coltsfoot. And I use my 70-300 to take a good many of my flower photos. I’m not on Instagram, but perhaps I will set up an account. Thank you for taking us along on your photography outings!

  16. Anthony Martin on September 23, 2019 at 9:46 pm

    Nice vid!

  17. Landscape Phoneography on September 23, 2019 at 9:46 pm

    Amazing results in such a short time, the final image with the beam of light was exceptional.

  18. yu jin landscape photography. on September 23, 2019 at 9:47 pm

    I love very beautiful flowers of nature of world. Naturally, your great shot. Today, spring around the world .👌👍 Thank! Rachel.

  19. Jeff harris on September 23, 2019 at 9:48 pm

    Your hair looks awesome

  20. Chuck Cummins on September 23, 2019 at 9:48 pm

    Lovely Rachel ….. the Hummingbirds brought back memories !! ❤

  21. Teresa Melcer on September 23, 2019 at 9:50 pm

    Fantastic images Rachel! I will try to go there again on weekend.

  22. Frank Sepulveda on September 23, 2019 at 9:52 pm

    I am drawn to your channel by the masterful way you compose your images. It is impressive how you make so many great images while walking through the neighborhood park(s).

  23. Andy Whiteside on September 23, 2019 at 9:53 pm

    spring is beautiful with the new blossom nearly as good as autumn

  24. Gary Holman on September 23, 2019 at 9:53 pm

    Hi Rachel, I really liked the tree shot at 7.12 min. The tree really stood out proudly and majestic. Some great shots also from people sending photos in. Super Images. Great to see your smiling face and passion for photography, as always. Take Care.x

  25. Nick Smith Photography on September 23, 2019 at 9:57 pm

    great as always rachel and a well deserved star image. great selection of shots and a very nice relaxing video. 🙂

  26. Tom Duncan on September 23, 2019 at 9:59 pm

    Love autumn and spring. Great shots seperating the blossoms from the background.

  27. Carl Tanner on September 23, 2019 at 9:59 pm

    Rachel, I see you have a Minolta 55mm macro. Great lens 🙂 Is that the more modern AF version you see advertised for use with Sony cameras or is it the old manual lens for the older film cameras? I have an old Minolta SRT film camera with a number of different lenses, but I’m looking at a couple of long primes at the moment, a 200mm f/3.5 and a 300mm f/5.5. Nice looking lenses and in good condition. Good thing with the Minolta lenses is you can get adapters to use your lenses with all different cameras, so I’ll be picking up a couple for my Pentax and Nikon cameras. The wide angle lenses in the Minolta range are great for astropics. They’re sharp as right across the FoV, even wide open. But, they can be hard to get.

  28. Mark Hudson on September 23, 2019 at 10:01 pm

    Great shots of the cherry trees and blossoms. I lived in Japan for 3 years, they are revered there. The girth on that one tree was huge! Thanks so much for sharing, and how kind you are for commenting on others work. You’ve got me hooked as a subscriber now! 😁

  29. Noealz - Rain Photographer on September 23, 2019 at 10:01 pm

    I once had to do a macro challenge as well but didn’t have any macro lens so I also used the telephoto =p

  30. Matt Ashmore on September 23, 2019 at 10:03 pm

    I’m curious.. now that you have given up uploading to stock agencies, what do you do with your images? Do you have another outlet for selling them or do you just keep them for yourself?

  31. Laura Gonzales- LG Photography on September 23, 2019 at 10:04 pm

    Beautiful video as always! The tree and the bench is my favorite!!!

  32. Steven Harte on September 23, 2019 at 10:05 pm

    Very beautiful and inspiring. I live in Portland Oregon that has very wonderful flora and fauna. Spring is lovely here. Need to try and use my telephoto zoom and see what I come up with. Thanks for the stimulating video!

  33. Paul Ruder on September 23, 2019 at 10:05 pm

    Great captures for such a short period of time! I really like the one of the large tree and the bench to the left. It calls to you “come, sit and relax”! Thanks for sharing.

  34. Shindig Studios Brown on September 23, 2019 at 10:08 pm

    Beautiful setting for a photo shoot…another great lesson…Thanks!

  35. Kenneth Wong on September 23, 2019 at 10:09 pm shots,very artistic .looks like Chinese water color painting,well done Rachel.

  36. Jim Hamilton on September 23, 2019 at 10:10 pm

    Enjoyed the video Rachel.

  37. Erzsébet Bader on September 23, 2019 at 10:10 pm

    Hi Rachel ! What gorgeous flowers ! And I take pictures of how many times I see a beautiful landscape or flowers of any kind.
    I wish you a wonderful day !
    I’m happy to have found you ! ♡♥♡♥♡♥

  38. TimberGeek on September 23, 2019 at 10:10 pm

    I’ve determined that catching humming birds with a 100mm screw drive lens on a D7000 is an exercise in futility ;-D
    I do have a card full of weirdness to go through, if anything pops I’ll put your hashtag on it.

  39. Bernard Brunet on September 23, 2019 at 10:11 pm

    Did good Rachel, lovely images thank you for posting!

  40. MattBlytheTheOne on September 23, 2019 at 10:13 pm

    The 300mm worked really well. I just had half a batch of bokeh/selective focus images of bluebells rejected for being "out of focus" ! I would upload more to Shutterstock but I just dont have to time to argue with the the AI bot that inspects the images and upload everything TWICE lol. Like this one; it is obvious what the main subject is and that it is in focus.

    All images are good and for sale on iStock btw 🙂

  41. glacier activity on September 23, 2019 at 10:14 pm

    This inspired me a lot. It is so easy to walk up "close and personal" with joy of brave spring blossoming. Instead of accepting the childhood feeling of drowning in it when it is NOT isolated but rather being overwhelming happiness.

  42. Wendy Brouse on September 23, 2019 at 10:15 pm

    I have to try that with the trees.

  43. bt10ant on September 23, 2019 at 10:16 pm

    Good stuff, but really need to deep-6 the music….jeez.

  44. Des Gardner on September 23, 2019 at 10:19 pm

    Thank you so much, that was most enjoyable…..

  45. Irene Astorga on September 23, 2019 at 10:19 pm

    Welcome back! And as always, great to see you and your vlog again. Yes, Spring is finally here! 🙌🏼

  46. A Thousand Words on September 23, 2019 at 10:20 pm

    Gorgeous images!! Especially considering you have time constraints, which can get in the way of creativity (at least for me it can).

  47. crispy on September 23, 2019 at 10:22 pm

    just you and I am learning – Thanks

  48. Maureen Fenty on September 23, 2019 at 10:23 pm

    Absolutely breathtaking photos Rachel. Love them all. Also the pics you shared from other photographers were amazing!

  49. Bruce Bugbee on September 23, 2019 at 10:23 pm

    I really liked your image with the park bench. Very well done.

  50. Peter Paska on September 23, 2019 at 10:24 pm

    Great! With a flash would be bit easier

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