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Vantage Point – Looking Up

norfolk island pine, Sometimes we photographers get stuck.  We are out looking for photos and just can’t seem to find anything special.  Often, seeing the garden is just a matter of slowing down and thinking about what it is that excites us.  Other times we just need to shake up our point of view.

As you look around, try looking up, straight up, especially if you have trees.  Photos underneath, looking up, give a sense of majesty.  They force you and the viewer to re-think scale and dimension.

Recently I have been preparing for an exhibit of prehistoric plants at the San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers and looking for images that, when blown up 10 feet tall, will make the visitors feel they are enveloped in a new environment. Continue Reading →

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Hard Light – Back Light

There was a time when I would never shoot in harsh, hard light.  Bright, strong, contrasty light tends to have deep, black shadows and no color subtlety.  As a garden photographer, when the sun came into the garden I would retreat to the shadows where the light was soft.

But I am also a California garden photographer and the sun is an important element of many a garden’s story.  People expect to see sunny California gardens, and when a photo can manage to show some bright sun somewhere in the picture, the scene will glow. Continue Reading →

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