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Spring unfolding – Focus Point

It’s wildflower season !  Grab you camera (and tripod), some sturdy shoes, sunblock , a bottle of water, and go study what is unfolding in nature.  The miracles become all the more fantastic by examining the wonder in the details.

A macro lens is essential for studying nature close up.  It will allow close focusing so you can fill your frame with the flower, leaf, or bug; and with a dedicated macro lens, as opposed to a point and shoot with macro capability, you can get some very special photos. Continue Reading →

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Finding Frost

frost on kale leaf

When we go out into the garden to take pictures, we don’t always find what we expect.  So don’t get locked into seeing what you want to see.  See what is.

When my friend Kate Frey suggested I might want to photograph the tapestries of winter vegetables she planted at Lynmar Winery I could hardly wait for the next free morning.  I knew her keen sense of design and plant combinations would be exquisite.  An organic edible garden designed to be an artistic visual treat ?!  Think the Roadrunner cartoons… zeeeeeeeeoooooooowwwwwwwwwwwwwww …. I’m on my way. Continue Reading →

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GGW Picture This Contest News

Good news, Picture This fans: you now have extra time to get ready for our next theme: Macro in a Mason Jar, judged by photographer and fellow blogger David Perry. Instead of running the contest in November, we’re going to hold it in January. So, if you haven’t had time to experiment with the technique yet, you have the next two months to try it out. The technique is perfect for this time of year, because you don’t need perfect weather or lots of fresh flowers or foliage: a single, richly colored fall leaf or one perfect late bloom can work just fine. Seeds, fruits, bits of bark, and other natural materials are also fair game. For more details, check out my experiment post or David’s original posts here and here.

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GGW Picture This Challenge – Macro in a Mason Jar

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If you’re interested in enjoying and learning about great garden photography and you’re not already reading David Perry’s A Photographer’s Garden Blog, you should be. Along with philosophy and garden adventures, all accompanied by stunning images, David frequently addresses out-of-the-ordinary photography topics, such as An Introduction to Shooting for the Cover, Point-and-Shooting Straight into the Sun, and Now for a Little Background. Best of all, you don’t need to have loads of high-tech camera equipment to try out his challenges – just a basic point-and-shoot camera and a willingness to experiment. We’re going to focus on one of David’s creative ideas for an upcoming Picture This contest: Macro in a Mason Jar.

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