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Pumpkins !

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The display of winter squash at the National Heirloom Expo is daunting for a photographer – soooo many potential subjects. This year I decided to photograph all the pumpkins.

Grown by Durst Organic Growers, the main exhibit hall was filled with hundreds of fantastical gourds laid out in small groups on large rows of tables.

National Heirloom Expo 2013

 But indoors ?  on white table cloths?  how was I to make interesting photos ?

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Telling Stories

Art, sculpture of children playing leapfrog in California meadow gardenIt is easy to get overwhelmed when trying to find a photo in a beautiful garden.  We garden photographers want to capture everything before the moment passes.   We know garden beauty is ephemeral and changes at the drop of a leaf or shifting of the light.

But to make a “good” garden photo, slow down, think about what inspires you.  Tell a story, tell your story the way you see it. Continue Reading →

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Photographing Garden Plants

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Plants are the core of gardens, they are the core of garden photographs.  When we photographers picture plants we need to consider why gardeners grow them in the first place.  What are the core distinctions ?  What is the essence of a garden plant?

A photograph of a plant should be as carefully considered as was the plant when it was placed in the garden. Continue Reading →

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A Wild Vacation

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I have been on vacation.  No gardens.  No professional camera.  It was wild – which is where I learn the best lessons for gardening.

If you have never been to Yellowstone National Park, put it on your bucket list.  Sure there are lots of people there during the summer season, but there are grizzly bears too, so it is easy (and only a bit risky) to go on trails where most folks don’t go. Continue Reading →

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Light – What is it ? Where is it?

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Photographers talk about “The Light” in reverential terms.  It is the life blood of outdoor photography no less than it is the lifeblood of plants for photosynthesis.

Learning how to read the quality of light is the single most important skill in good garden photography. Continue Reading →

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