GGW Picture This Reminder for July

Side garden at Hayefield Sept 20 07

The deadline is quickly approaching for this month’s Picture This photo contest. Our guest judge is Rich Pomerantz of Rich Pomerantz Photography, and the theme for this month is “The Intent of the Gardener.” Here’s how Rich described what he’s looking for in the winning entry:

“Capturing the Intent of the Gardener can be a much tougher photographic assignment than to photograph a plant portrait or a combination planting, since it tends to require a broader view of the landscape. Successful gardens tend to have some unifying principle, whether it be color, structure, formality, plant selection or something else. Find that principle in a garden and use your camera to create an image that conveys it through your eyes.

Look for a theme or design scheme. You can keep the entire scene sharp, or use selective focus or shoot through something, like a gate or doorway or even the branches of a tree to create a sense of putting the viewer into the scene.

Be selective in your view; taking in too many parts of a garden view frequently results in a cluttered photograph, or a photo with unwanted elements like utility poles, wires and hoses.

Look to see if the designer took her cues from the land, using the contours, rock outcroppings, existing water features or other natural aspects, and then use those elements in your image.  You can use a part of the garden to show the designer’s thinking, so don’t be overwhelmed trying to include the whole world in your photo!

I’ll judge entries based on application of the basics: good composition, effective use of light, leading lines, point of view, use of color and overall visual impact.  Above all I will look for images that interpret what the gardener has created, as opposed to just snapping an image of something, however beautiful it may be, that could exist anywhere.  Remember that sometimes the obvious angle isn’t the only angle. Walk around and see what else the place has to offer!”

Front border at Hayefield Aug 29 09

You have until 11:59 PM Eastern time on Wednesday, July 21 to submit your entries. For entry rules, see the announcement post: GGW Picture This Photo Contest for July 2010. You can find a gallery of this month’s entries here.

Note: So many of this month’s entries did not follow the 500-pixels-on-the-longest-side rule that Fran and I have decided to give up on requirement for this month and future contests.

Once you get your entry in for this month, why not try your hand at some digital collages in preparation for the October Picture This? For details, see Picture This Challenge: Bloom Scans.

About Nancy J. Ondra

Nan gardens on 4 acres in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. In the firm belief that every garden ought to have a pretentious-sounding (or at least pretentious-looking) name, she refers to her home grounds as "Hayefield." There, she experiments with a wide variety of plants and planting styles, from cottage gardens and color-based borders to managed meadows, naturalistic plantings, and veggies--all under the watchful eyes of her two pet alpacas, Daniel and Duncan.

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3 Responses to GGW Picture This Reminder for July

  1. Elephant's Eye July 19, 2010 at 6:40 am #

    Haven’t got a scanner, so must pass on the next assignment. But the July challenge was great fun to play with and work around!

    Come on in, the water’s lovely – says she who does not swim ;-)

  2. healingmagichands July 19, 2010 at 4:00 pm #

    Oh, that scanner thing has turned out to be a major attraction here. We got one because we needed to scan documents to email to people, several years ago. A flatbed scanner with no other functions (like copying or faxing) is not that expensive an item. I’m so glad you set this challenge, I have discovered a whole new way to do collage and I am LOVING this. I hope a whole bunch of people participate; I’d hate to think I was the only one having so much fun.

    I’m so glad to hear about your experiments! I’ve been dying to do some more scans myself. Keep spreading the word and maybe we’ll get lots of great entries for October.
    -Nan

  3. Maria von Brincken July 20, 2010 at 8:50 am #

    can’t figure out where to email the link…so posting it here..no address listed so here it is

    http://www.mariavonbrincken.com/blog/?p=753

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    Maria – please refer to the announcement post for the entry rules and enter there to be eligible.
    -Nan