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Kangaroo Paws

As soon as I stepped out the back door of  Christina’s house I knew her garden was going to provide all sorts of photo opportunities.Kangaroo Paws and Canna in flower garden Continue Reading →

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Yellow and Daffodils

What we see and what we capture with the camera are often different; too often if you are not careful to photograph with intent.  What my mind’s eye sees when I enter my garden this time of year are yellow daffodils.

Yellow Daffodil 'February Gold' Narcissus in spring garden

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Red and Green at Christmas

I was photographing Quarryhill Botanical Garden for a magazine story last month and stumbled across these huge gorgeous red berries of Cornus kousa.  Why did I immediately think of Christmas?

holt_622_0376.CR2 Red Cornus kousa dogwood berries

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Composing with Color

Red Tupelo Leaf Centered

Red Tupelo Leaf Centered

When I went looking for fall color in my garden, I did not expect to see a red hole into another universe.  In fact, I did realize it was there until I contemplated my original picture (to follow at the end).

The great master of black and white photography, Ansel Adams learned to pre-visualize his photographs.  He manipulated his images with filters even before he exposed them, and then worked magic in the darkroom to bring out what he wanted his audience to see.  He would have loved Photoshop.

The camera always lies – or rather, as I say every time I use that phrase, the photographer uses the camera to tell a story the way the photographer wants it to be told.  If you have a story to tell before you use the camera, an intention to communicate something, your camera (and your post production “darkroom” tools) can say far more than words. Continue Reading →

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The Waiting Game

Sept 14.09 002-1Sing it Carly! “Anticipation, anticipation/Is making me late/Is keeping me waiting.” Maybe Carly Simon was a horticulturist, because it strikes me lately that no one knows more about anticipation than a gardener. If you told me there’s any pursuit that is more about delayed gratification, about waiting for green dreams to be realized, about being just plain old patient, than gardening, well, I just wouldn’t believe it.
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