Picture This Photo Contest – January 2011

As we kick off the New Year, what better way to start off our first Picture This Photo Contest of 2011 then with David Perry as our judge. As many of you may remember from our August 2009 Picture This, David is a phenomenal, multi-faceted photographer whose work is inspirational.  His website and blog, A Photographer’s Garden Blog are both feasts for the eye and a testament to David’s depth, creativity, and talent as both a garden photographer and writer.

20101027_ps[1]-David Perry-opening photo “Ok, my point-and-shoot-camera-lovin’ friends, you’ve all heard of time in a bottle and a tempest in a teapot, but (unless you’ve been following my blog, A Photographer’s Garden Blog at least November of last year, I’d be willing to bet you’ve never heard of “Macro in a Mason Jar” until now. And that is the theme for this month’s “Picture This” photo contest: Macro in a Mason Jar. Unlike some assignments where the kids with the bigger, fancier cameras have a distinct advantage, I’ve designed this contest just for you, point-and-shooters, but you will need to think small and get close, and you will need to find that nifty little close-up button on your camera, the one that looks like a flower symbol.

David Perry-a table lamp and small jar So here’s the dealio. This is a technique so simple, that anyone, even nervous types with coffee jitters, can get razor-sharp close ups of beautifully lit subjects without a tripod, and have a really good time doing it. Follow along with me for a minute while I show you what I mean. Then you can fire up your cameras, round up your repurposed jam, mayonnaise and peanut butter jars and start making a new kind of macro-photo magic.

What you’ll need:

1: A point and shoot camera with close-up capabilities or an SLR camera with a macro lens, or extension tubes. (Point-and-Shooters, look for the little flower symbol on a button or dial on the top of or back of your camera, and press it to turn on the close-up feature. Many little digital cameras will focus down as close as a half inch from the subject.)

2: A Mason jar, a peanut butter jar, a mayonnaise jar, a jam jar, a pickle jar . . . or all of the aforementioned.

David Perry-a side view of table lamp and jar

3: A willingness to play both with the subject you put in the jar, but also with the direction, quality and hue of the light pouring into the jar.

And here (below), are some of the exquisitely simple types of shots that you can get by shooting straight down into jars just like these. These are great practice type shots to help you get warmed up, but I’d encourage you, once you’ve got the hang of making shots like these, to try to shoot even more complex shots visually. Pictures with mystery and story.

David Perry-shot made from table and lamp set up

Now, for a quick primer on technique:

Once you’ve made any desired adjustments and framed up your shot, press your camera body downward, onto the rim of the glass jar while you depress the shutter button. The rigidity of the glass will keep the camera precisely distant, relative to the subject during your exposure, meaning that your pictures should be extra crispy sharp.

You can also add a plastic cutting sheet (as I have below), or enlist the white envelope that that latest piece of junk mail came in to serve as a reflector, softening the shadows by placing it either behind or beside the Mason jar to bounce light back into the image from another angle. Or, if you decide you need to diffuse the light from your table lamp or the window to soften the shadows, place the diffuse cutting board between the light source and the jar. You’ll be able to see the effects right away in the screen.

DavidPerry-quick primer on technique

I’d also encourage you to try to create and use “weird” light. Try shining a lamp through another jar filled with ice tea, or ice cubes and water and lemon slices right next to your shooting jar. Or bounce light off of a makeup mirror and into your shooting jar, or spritz the outside of your jar with a spray bottle, or use the want ads from the newspaper beneath the jar and wrapped around it. See how those elements can add background and shadows and other interest to the scene you’re shooting.

Notice the yellow plastic cutting board that I’m holding above the jar to color the light and give the scene an even warmer glow.

And here’s what the camera recorded. David Perry-onions-Micro In A Mason Jar

Here’s another example. An oyster on the half shell, a bit of hot sauce, and a bed of rock salt.

oyster on a hot shell-David Perry

Backing away a bit, now you can see the simplicity of the setup I used to get the shot. Note the rock salt on the outside of the jar, as well, and that I set the shot up on a white plate to help give the entire shot that high key, icy look.

David Perry-oyster on a hot shell from a distance

So, this month, I’m asking you to think small and get in close . . . to show me some essential aspect of a subject that simply cannot be seen or appreciated from a distance. The point of this contest is to encourage you to look and see from new perspectives, to learn more about your camera’s amazing capabilities. For your entries I want to see pictures that take me into the depths of a subject and that leave me feeling that I’ve seen something in a completely new way. I want to see pictures that record the play of light and shadow, and texture, and that set the table for an intriguing story while looking downward into a glass jar.

Your pictures can be of nearly any subjects for this contest, but I really want photographs that allow me to see seeds, feathers, plants, flowers, insects or textures in ways that are fresh and unexpected. The images should be about seeing first and the subjects second. They need to evoke mood, and they should strive to elicit some sort of emotional, poetic, or “Wow!” response.

Here (below), I shot to the edge of the jar, instead of trying to avoid it. Note the dry grass outside the jar. After shooting this one, I made a mirror image of it in Photoshop, merged the two and then made a typographic wordplay on the “self-sealing” words that had been cast into the glass during the manufacturing process.

David Perry-edge of jar with raspberries

Consider shooting through the bottom of a jar and into a mirror for an unusual self-portrait.

David Perry-bottom of jar shooting through the mirror

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 RULES FOR ENTERING THE CONTEST

1.  You must have an active blog in order to participate. To be eligible for judging, you need to leave us TWO links – a direct link to the image, and a link to your blog post that includes the image (and that says you are entering the Gardening Gone Wild Picture This Photo Contest )– in a comment on this post.

2. You are allowed one entry per contest; your photo must be able to be copied from your site. That makes it possible for us to collect all the entries in one place for easier judging.

3. The deadline for entries is 11:59 PM Eastern time on Monday, January 24, 2011.

Entries that meet the above rules will be added to a separate gallery page. If you enter but your photo does not appear in the gallery within 24 hours, please review your entry to make sure you followed the rules.

All photos courtesy of David Perry.

About Fran Sorin

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In addition to being a recognized garden expert and deep ecologist, Fran is a broadcaster, journalist, Ordained Interfaith Minister, and Soul Tender.

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71 Responses to Picture This Photo Contest – January 2011

  1. Meems @Hoe & Shovel January 2, 2011 at 12:33 pm #

    David,
    You are so gifted, talented, and creative. As much as I love design in general and photograhping using my point and shoot… my brain thinks in absolutes and black and white terms. You always nudge me to at least try to be more abstract in my artistic endeavors. I love this (jar) idea… and always appreciate your helpful hints and desire to help us amateurs improve our range and capabilities.

    This should be very fun for all who participate.
    Meems

  2. David Perry January 3, 2011 at 1:08 am #

    Dear Meems,
    Thank you so much for your kind words and for being so very gracious and willing to be nudged. I’m really excited to see what you and others will come up with, and am expecting great and beautiful things.

  3. Charlotte January 4, 2011 at 12:35 pm #

    What a fantastic tutorial – such excellent advice. I love both the ingenuity of the jar/tripod and the nifty business of surrounding it with associated things – salt/onions. Just brilliant. Thank you so much for sharing your secrets! I got a new camera for Christmas and have just been admitted to Blotanical, so I am certainly ready to have a go at this – bit daunted though. Got to get thinking about what might work best…. hmmm

  4. aerie-el January 5, 2011 at 7:31 pm #

    David,

    What a great idea! I was all over this one.

    Link to photo:
    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_Buv8zju66f8/TSTMXA3xgCI/AAAAAAAACP4/LnzGFpQrhjc/s1600/spider+family+tragedy.jpg

    Link with blog post of photo:
    http://gardeners-roost.blogspot.com/2011/01/wordless-wednesday-red-planet-invaded.html

    I found this sad little spider family inside a jar that had been on top of a bookcase at my mom’s house. I set the jar on the Formica counter-top, played with shining a flashlight at different angles, and liked this photo best.

    Thanks again for the tutorial, and the inspiration!

    ~Aerie-el

    Hey Aerie-el

    I need for you to set up a link back to gardeninggonewild.com when you enter your photo. If your entry is from a past post, you’ll need to write another quick post (with the photo ) saying that you’ve entered GGW’s Picture This Photo Contest. Doing this is very helpful to us because it brings more gardeners to the contest.
    Please send me the new link once you’ve written it. Thanks. Fran

  5. aerie-el January 6, 2011 at 9:19 am #

    Dear Fran,

    Here is the link to my new post/entry with GGW link:
    http://gardeners-roost.blogspot.com/2011/01/ggw-picture-this-photo-contest.html

    Here is the direct link to the photo:
    http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_Buv8zju66f8/TSXH8matUTI/AAAAAAAACP8/sMdjl8aDFUA/s1600/spider+family+tragedy.jpg

    Thank you!

    ~Aerie-el

    Hey Aerie-el,

    Thanks so much for taking care of that. It really makes things much more clear for everyone. Good luck! Fran

  6. Bonnie January 6, 2011 at 9:38 am #

    I can’t wait to try this. Thanks!

  7. Shellsey January 6, 2011 at 5:51 pm #

    Brilliant idea, thank you for sharing.

  8. Christina Salwitz January 7, 2011 at 7:31 pm #

    I am So excited about his technique- brilliant! I really feel like I can do this one. Thank you!

    Christine,
    Delighted that you’re going to give it a try. Only David could come up a challenge like this one! Fran

  9. Gary January 10, 2011 at 2:00 am #

    You guys are always so inspiring! David always comes up with unique ways to look at the world…

    Here is a link to my blog post:

    http://photosnorthwest.com/blog/?p=1404

    And a direct link to the image I made:

    http://photosnorthwest.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/20110109CRW_2807_lightroom_edit_web.jpg

    G

  10. Mike January 11, 2011 at 7:21 am #

    I know this is a gardening site, but I implemented your little trick here and got some great shots of some coins at the bottom of a mason jar! I’d like to submit them for the contest, but dont want to coins as subject matter would be a breach of the rules

    Mike-
    I would love to let you enter but I can’t. If I let you, it’s going to open pandora’s box. Why don’t you take the next step and take some photos with flowers? Go for it!! Fran

  11. Christina Salwitz January 11, 2011 at 2:59 pm #

    Had so much fun with this one! thanks for inspiring me to try something new.
    Here is a link to my blog post:
    http://personalgardencoach.wordpress.com/2011/01/11/gardening-gone-wild-picture-this-photo-contest/

    And here’s the link to my Photo Entry:
    http://personalgardencoach.files.wordpress.com/2011/01/slide1.jpg

    Thank you!

  12. Joseph Tychonievich January 11, 2011 at 6:17 pm #

    Here’s my link to my blog post:
    http://greensparrowgardens.blogspot.com/2011/01/macros-in-mason-jar.html

    And here is the link to the photo itself:
    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_LJ42LxfkAPA/TSzkuADxyFI/AAAAAAAABOI/BrQzzQkxXMc/s1600/rosemary.JPG

    This is my first time entering! I’m looking really looking forward to seeing what everyone else does.

  13. Alison January 11, 2011 at 7:19 pm #

    I hope I did this correctly! Here’s a link to the blog post:

    http://bonneylassie.blogspot.com/2011/01/macros-in-mason-jar.html

    And here’s a link to the image:

    http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_Erq26UL4714/TSzw1oIY3XI/AAAAAAAAAxo/Q7PtIoNyZN8/s1600/IMG_2751.JPG

    Thanks for the great tips!

  14. Kerry January 12, 2011 at 6:43 pm #

    David – I really am having too much fun with this. Thank you for putting this idea out there and explaining it so beautifully. Your pictures, as always, knock my socks off!

    Here are two blogs:

    http://containergardening.about.com/b/2011/01/12/container-gardening-photography.htm

    http://containergardening.about.com/b/2011/01/06/container-garden-photo-in-a-jar.htm

    And two photos:

    http://containergardening.about.com/od/photogallery/ig/Photos-of-Flowers/Anemone-Flower.htm

    http://containergardening.about.com/od/photogallery/ig/Photos-of-Flowers/Anemone-Flower.-0Q7.htm

  15. David Perry January 14, 2011 at 4:15 pm #

    WOW! We are beginning to build some beautiful momentum here, people. And though I don’t want to weigh in yet on individual efforts (seems I should save that until the contest closes, dontcha think?), I do feel compelled to say that those of you who have submitted so far are making me smile. So thank you!!! And for those of you who still intend to play, but just haven’t gotten around to it yet, I understand intimately how dear time is and still hope you will find time to show us what your eye can make with these simple tools. Seeing what you all come up with is the sweetest of treats to a picture junkie like me.

    Happy shooting . . .

  16. Craig @ Ellis Hollow January 16, 2011 at 12:51 pm #

    Yes. Let’s just say I’ve got some technical issues to work out before I fully embrace ‘mason-jar marcos’. It was fun trying.

    Image: http://ellishollow.remarc.com/images/jan2011masonjarx600.jpg

    Post: http://remarc.com/craig/?p=1161
    (It’s down at the bottom after the scans.)

  17. Lynn January 17, 2011 at 1:53 pm #

    I do have a question before I submit my picture. With the theme Macro in a Jar, is that part of the criteria? What I’m asking is should you be able to tell that the subject is in a jar or is the jar just part of the process? I have a few that you only see a small part of the bottom of the jar and others that you can clearly see the jar. Maybe I’m thinking too far into this!

  18. Angelyn January 17, 2011 at 7:27 pm #

    Here’s my entry . . . My blog post is at:
    http://treehaven.org/garden-conversations/peanuts/
    The direct link to the full size image is at:
    http://www.soulfulservice.com/images/110109-Peanuts.jpg
    Thanks for the opportunity to play!

  19. David Perry January 17, 2011 at 11:45 pm #

    Hi Lynn, in response to your question, no you do not have to be able to tell that the subject is in a jar. If that is a part of the story your image wants to tell, then fine, make the jar a part of your visual story. But otherwise, simply use the jar to help you achieve a really cool picture that you probably wouldn’t have gotten otherwise. Make sense?

    And please, anyone now considering using some really cool macro type image that you already have in your library, cuz who’s gonna know if the jar doesn’t need to show, think about the spirit of this little contest, and that a big part of the ‘spirit’ is to inspire you all to see in new ways and to shoot new pictures using new and very, very simple tools. Have fun . . .

    David,
    Thanks so much for emphasizing that. Having fun and experimenting are the name of the game when participating in Picture This. Fran

  20. lynn January 18, 2011 at 1:08 am #

    Awesome. These shots are simply awesome.

  21. One January 18, 2011 at 4:25 am #

    Hi David, This is my first visit and I am very impressed with your creativity and your generosity to guide others in taking great pictures the fun and creative way. The onions are awesome. I would like to participate with my point and shoot if I can come up with something decent. Thanks for the tips.

  22. One January 18, 2011 at 9:39 am #

    Hi again! Had lots of fun with the technique you introduced. Here’s my submission.

    Blog http://onenezz.blogspot.com/2011/01/picture-this-photo-contest-january-2011.html

    Photo
    http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_GQXNXQu1nCA/TTWPlML0-tI/AAAAAAAADw8/U_IJ352Av-k/s1600/A.jpg

    Thanks.

  23. Julie January 19, 2011 at 9:10 am #

    Please enter my picture in the Gardening Gone Wild Picture This Photo Contest. Thanks and best of luck everyone! Julie

    Image link: http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n537/Julie_Drexler/flower.jpg

    Blog post link: http://www.phartsandcrafts.com/2011/01/winna-winna-chicken-dinna.html

    Julie,

    I was able to put your photo up but unable to get the link to your site….it just wouldn’t work…please let me know how to get on…thanks. fran

  24. Susan in the Pink Hat January 19, 2011 at 10:21 am #

    Here is my entry. I have my favorites among the entries and hope to see more. As for mine, I’m just wanting to share what I was able to see through my lens.

    Image link:
    http://s3.amazonaws.com/data.tumblr.com/tumblr_lf2vgfkBCy1qbksz2o1_1280.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=0RYTHV9YYQ4W5Q3HQMG2&Expires=1295536720&Signature=ReL6nTPxR5JNgMtqltZwFaLCq8c%3D

    Post link:
    http://inkandpenstemon.tumblr.com/post/2827080999

  25. Dee January 19, 2011 at 10:47 am #

    My fish and I spent the better part of an afternoon on this. I had fun, but he was ready to go back to the pond.

    Here’s the entry: http://behindthefence.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/fish-in-a-jar-one.jpg

    And here’s the post: http://behindthefence.net/2011/01/19/shooting-a-fish-in-a-jar/

  26. Darla January 19, 2011 at 11:28 am #

    I’m having trouble figuring out how to do a direct link to the photo. Can you help me?

  27. Darla January 19, 2011 at 12:18 pm #

    I believe I have it figured out. Please enter my photo into this contest.
    Direct Link to Photo http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_NyGFPuVN2Os/TTcS7MRmnCI/AAAAAAAAF30/QVOEzvPbXCE/s1600/060.JPG

    Blog Post Link: http://morefamilyandflowers-darla.blogspot.com/2011/01/ggw.-picture-this-contest.html

  28. Darla January 19, 2011 at 12:22 pm #

    Please delete the comment from above and I’ll try this again.

    Direct Link to Photo: http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_NyGFPuVN2Os/TTcS7MRmnCI/AAAAAAAAF30/QVOEzvPbXCE/s1600/060.JPG

    Blog Post Link: http://morefamilyandflowers-darla.blogspot.com/2011/01/ggw-picture-this-contest.html

  29. Jill January 19, 2011 at 3:20 pm #

    This has been a lot of fun – first time I’ve entered one of these contests, and I have certainly learnt a lot!
    Here’s a link to my photo: http://landscapelover.files.wordpress.com/2011/01/macro-mason2.jpg
    And here’s the post: http://landscapelover.wordpress.com/2011/01/19/macro-in-a-mason-jar/

  30. Julie January 19, 2011 at 4:00 pm #

    Thanks Fran – I was having technical difficulties this morning. Blog link should work now.

    Thanks so much :)

    Blog link: http://www.phartsandcrafts.com/2011/01/winna-winna-chicken-dinna.html

    Here’s the image link (just in case): Image link: http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n537/Julie_Drexler/flower.jpg

  31. Nancy Bond January 19, 2011 at 8:29 pm #

    This is such a fun technique — I can’t wait to try it with some summer blooms and foliage! There are some great entries, as always.

    Link to PHOTO: http://nancybond.files.wordpress.com/2011/01/buttons2.jpg

    Link to POST: http://wp.me/p2bM3-1zk

  32. lani January 19, 2011 at 9:43 pm #

    Oh my gosh how much fun did i have today …and who a thought…thanks here are my links
    Blog Post http://golanigo.blogspot.com/2011/01/picture-this-photo-contest-january-2011.html
    Picture http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_P3EDHWnxkDA/TTef0Hy1sMI/AAAAAAAACjs/vWIhqpURXA8/s1600/DSC04193.JPG

    I have gone to everyone’s entries they all look great good job using your noggins think-in of stuff to put in the jars….God Bless

  33. Sara Chapman in Seattle, USA January 20, 2011 at 1:14 am #

    Hi David,

    Neat post and contest! I am posting a macro taken with a point and shoot, but not in a jar. I hope it’s OK. The link http://www.lovethatimage.com/blog/2011/01/geranium-leaf/ is for the post containing the photo. I’m not sure where to find the link for the image itself. Just right click on the image and it should save fine, or if on a Mac just drag to your desktop. Please email me if there are any problems.

  34. Sara Chapman in Seattle, USA January 20, 2011 at 1:17 am #

    So the link in the Rules to the Gallery Page doesn’t work, I got a 404 message. Darn!

    sara-

    thanks for the heads up about the link. I thought all was fine. You don’t need the link in order to enter.
    I will grab the photo from your post and add it to the galler. For future reference, all you need to do is click on it, it should become much larger and be the only thing on a new page. Copy the URL from the top of the page and post it on GGW as link to the photo.

  35. Lynn January 20, 2011 at 6:55 am #

    This was really a lot of fun. My neighbors thought I was crazy at one point when I was in the snow taking pics in a jar!
    Here’s the blog entry:
    http://mamazuke.blogspot.com/2011/01/blog-post.html
    and here’s the link to the photo:
    C:\Documents and Settings\Owner\My Documents\My Pictures\2011-01-17, Photos in a jar

  36. Lynn January 20, 2011 at 6:56 am #

    ok, so that didn’t work. Please delete the above post and I’ll try to get that link corrected!

  37. Lynn January 20, 2011 at 7:02 am #

    Lets try this again.
    Here’s the direct link to the photo:

    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_oPj0UgEwtlw/TTSFBtYblbI/AAAAAAAAFpE/vGIy-qzc54M/s1600/Photos%2Bin%2Ba%2Bjar%2B019.jpg

    Here’s the link to the blog entry:
    http://mamazuke.blogspot.com/2011/01/gardening-gone-wild-macro-in-jar.html
    I’m crossing my fingers that the links work!

  38. Susan in the Pink Hat January 20, 2011 at 1:36 pm #

    Can we post links to more macro in a jar pics we post on our blogs here even though they are not entries to the official contest?

    Susan,

    What I would suggest is that you send a quick post saying that you have other macro photos that you want to share and offer one link that will take readers back to your site. OK? Fran

  39. Tasha January 20, 2011 at 7:43 pm #

    here is a link to my entry! Thanks.
    http://martinville.files.wordpress.com/2011/01/dsc_0101.jpg

  40. Annelie January 20, 2011 at 10:08 pm #

    Hi Fran,

    I’m entering Gardening Gone Wild Picture This Photo Contest.

    Direct link to photo:

    http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_T-ABh7-1y6g/TTjqOghM2II/AAAAAAAABuY/evala3Pp4rU/s1600/100_5112.JPG

    Link to blog entry:
    http://natureasis.blogspot.com/2011/01/picture-this.html

    This was harder than I thought, but mind opening and fun.

    Thanks,

    Annelie

    Hi Annelie-

    I just posted it in the Gallery. I fixed the link…I hope! Fran

  41. Annelie January 21, 2011 at 11:43 am #

    Sorry to bug you, Fran, but I can’t seem to get to the gallery through your link. Don’t know if my picture made it.

    Hmmm…will get on and check it out and make sure the link is working…if I don’t see your entry, I’ll e0mail you! Fran
    Thanks,

    Annelie

  42. Annelie January 21, 2011 at 2:02 pm #

    The link is working, thanks, love looking at all the beautiful entries.

  43. Cat January 22, 2011 at 12:00 am #

    Thanks Gardening Gone Wild for hosting and David for all your effort! This was a lot of fun – so glad for the challenge – would never have thought of this on my own!

    http://www.thewhimsicalgardener.com/2011/01/macro-in-mason-jar.html

    http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_CBoTET4SYKw/TTohUQtqTkI/AAAAAAAAAzE/7uQgw05_TuQ/s1600/flower-crystal-4.jpg

  44. Jan (Thanks For Today) January 22, 2011 at 1:05 am #

    After having a lot of fun experimenting, I finally got brave and decided on a photo to enter. The link is here:

    http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_aaMxTnnsNe0/TTnuVl0VEfI/AAAAAAAAiF0/V2-0RVZ7G3U/s1600/IMG_0244.JPG

    And the link to the blog post where I discuss the process can be found here:

    http://thanksfor2day.blogspot.com/2011/01/macro-in-mason-jar.html

    Thanks for having these fun contests;-)

  45. Gardening Jones January 22, 2011 at 9:20 am #

    Love this post, I had a great time playing with my camera and cannig jars, thanks- I’m definately a point-and-shoot kind of person, I learned a lot.
    I’d like to enter one of my shots. The blog post about entering is here:
    http://gardeningjones.com/blog/?p=3622
    I did crop the pic a bit after I blogged, hope that is okay? Here’s the picture by itself- this is the one I want to enter: http://www.gardeningjones.com/garden_pic.htm
    Thank you! GJ

  46. Carolyn Binder January 22, 2011 at 4:36 pm #

    Hi fellow gardeners! I had so much fun with this macro photography lesson and thoroughly enjoyed David Perry’s site. Isn’t it inspirational? I will be playing with this method forever! It is such a great way to learn about light, which is what photography is all about.

    Here’s the link to my blog:
    http://www.cowlickcottagefarm.com/camellia-in-a-mason-jar/

    Here’s the link to my favorite photo:
    http://www.cowlickcottagefarm.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/Camellia-I.jpg

    Thank you so much for this great lesson!

    Carolyn

  47. Lynn M. Phillips January 22, 2011 at 4:43 pm #

    Had fun doing this. Here’s a direct link to the photo I’m entering in the Gardening Gone Wild Picture This Photo Contest:

    http://2.bp.blogspot.com/__Mde_EPKJwI/TTs-T0DC_5I/AAAAAAAAAwE/HpvT_RVpyYQ/s1600/Milkweed+seeds+in+a+mason+jar.JPG

    Here’s the link to my blog post:

    http://whispersandwhimsy.blogspot.com/2011/01/gardening-gone-wild-picture-this-photo.html

    Thank you! lp

  48. Jan (Thanks For Today) January 22, 2011 at 11:23 pm #

    Because my original ‘intent’ was to include the blue glass bowl filled with water and floating flora, I feel that by allowing my daughter to choose a different photo for me was untrue to myself. SO in that spirit, I am requesting to discard my first photo entry (above) and replace it with this one (below). This is the one I was going to choose all along. It may not be a ‘winner’, and that’s ok. What I like about it is the wreath-like effect around the base of the jar, and the blue and pink jewel tones that were what I was looking for all along. I hope this will be ok. Thanks!!!!!

    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_aaMxTnnsNe0/TTntdkIy4LI/AAAAAAAAiFo/CtzWuLdpJ_8/s1600/IMG_0241.JPG

    Of course, this all comes from the same blog post, still at the same address, but I’ll list it again for continuity:

    http://thanksfor2day.blogspot.com/2011/01/macro-in-mason-jar.html

    Thanks. Jan

  49. Toni - Signature Gardens January 23, 2011 at 12:48 am #

    It’s down to the wire, but I finally have my contest entry ready. Many thanks to GGW for hosting the contest and to Mr. Perry for taking the time to judge the entries.

    Link to blog:
    http://signaturegardens.blogspot.com/2011/01/mason-jar-macro.html

    Link to photo:
    http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_12hU4BFMCqs/TTsu5Cvz6MI/AAAAAAAABZM/kiTtoozxmfE/s1600/macro+in+a+mason+jar+014+-+Copy.JPG

  50. Donna January 23, 2011 at 3:29 pm #

    I enjoyed the tutorial and would like to enter the contest. Thank you for the opportunity.
    http://greenapplesgarden.com/2011/01/23/ggw-photo-contest/

    The image link:
    http://greenapplesgarden.files.wordpress.com/2011/01/fireicefeathers.jpg

  51. Garden Sense January 23, 2011 at 7:26 pm #

    I had a lot of fun with this technique! Thanks for hosting the contest!

    My entry for the contest is:

    Blog post:
    http://gardensenses.blogspot.com/2011/01/macro-in-mason-jar.html

    Photo link:
    http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_d9c45NrLVlU/TTy94k2YpOI/AAAAAAAAAdU/bJ-49sbm4Mw/s1600/P1010009+-+Copy+-+Copy.JPG

  52. Malinda January 23, 2011 at 7:49 pm #

    This was so much fun! What a great idea. David, you’re an inspiration.

    Here are my links….

    http://www.thepotagerpage.com/2011/01/macro-in-a-mason-jar.html

    And the picture

    http://thepotagerpage.typepad.com/.a/6a012876998603970c0148c7ed0e28970c-pi

  53. Pat Dolan January 23, 2011 at 8:16 pm #

    Thanks for the inspiration and suggestions. This was a fun project!

    Here is the blog post link:
    http://patsartjournal.blogspot.com/2011/01/macro-in-mason-jar.html

    Here is the photo link:
    http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_o8FUJBYVu70/TTzQeXaGKqI/AAAAAAAAFqs/cQELdO_i4so/s1600/P1010493-w.JPG

  54. Donna January 24, 2011 at 9:54 am #

    Please include my submission for the Picture This contest.
    http://gardenwalkgardentalk.com/2011/01/24/ggw-picture-this-gwgt-submission/
    Image link:
    http://orchardparkway.files.wordpress.com/2011/01/detailcutglass1.jpg
    Thank you very much for the opportunity and the wonderful tutorial.

  55. Amy/Go Away, I'm Gardening! January 24, 2011 at 10:07 am #

    Hello, me again! I just read the rules a little closer and here is my entry for the GGW picture this contest. :)

    Blog Link Photo:
    http://goawayimgardening.blogspot.com/2011/01/ggw-macro-in-mason-jar.html

    Just Photo Link:
    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_g1RjOm9Ujeo/TTxFeN1w1aI/AAAAAAAACmM/PfoxuwsaUt0/s1600/gwg111008-1.jpg

    Thanks so much for the fun contest!!

  56. Melody January 24, 2011 at 12:01 pm #

    I’m excited to go take a look at what everyone has created!

    Here is my entry:
    Photo: http://homeiswheretheheartis.us/pictureinabottle/11_800x600.jpg

    Blogpost:
    http://merriemelody.blogspot.com/2011/01/gardening-gone-wild-photo-contest-entry.html

    Good luck to everyone, and thanks for the challenge and instruction, David. :)

  57. andrea January 24, 2011 at 1:36 pm #

    i really enjoyed compiling images for this contest, thanks to everyone involved!

    blog link:
    http://grwhryrpltd.wordpress.com/2011/01/24/looking-through-glass/

    image link:
    http://grwhryrpltd.files.wordpress.com/2011/01/095c.jpg

  58. Darla January 24, 2011 at 1:45 pm #

    Oh my goodness, the competition is fierce
    !! So very creative..this was sooo much fun!

  59. Amy/Go Away, I'm Gardening! January 24, 2011 at 3:52 pm #

    Did you have trouble with my image?

    Amy…it should be up now…sorry for the mistake on my part! and thanks for beingso persistent :) Fran

  60. Jen@ Nyack Backyard January 24, 2011 at 8:32 pm #

    Hi There – I’m new to this blog and to photo contests in general, but I saw some entries on a few blogs and decided to try it! Thanks for creating something for us scardy -cats!

    Post link:
    http://nyackbackyard.blogspot.com/2011/01/macro-in-mason-jar.html

    Photo link
    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_drM4atPHlls/TT4d08_EMXI/AAAAAAAAFgM/wSMi_Fpj4tE/s1600/Jan11+070.JPG

  61. sarah January 24, 2011 at 9:21 pm #

    Thanks for the fun!
    Here is my blogpost:
    http://momosarah.blogspot.com/2011/01/macro-in-mason-jar.html

    and here is the photo
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/94011858@N00/5386397004/sizes/l/in/photostream/

    I can’t wait to see the gallery!

  62. sarah January 24, 2011 at 9:42 pm #

    Here is the photo just off of blogger, rather than through flickr…

    http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_4yRMs2fp50U/TT424mxPonI/AAAAAAAABBY/MGPLQXMyBbE/s1600/IMG_9542.JPG

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