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Photos in the Garden


Wisteria on my entry gate April 2, 2013

Want a tip on how to take good garden pictures ?  Pick up your camera and go out into a garden.  You can’t get good pictures if you don’t take any pictures.  Put yourself in a position to make something happen.

April 2 was a day to take photos in my own garden.  It was overcast and still – a gift for a garden photographer.  A day to ignore computer deadlines and take pictures.  There have been too many times I regretted missing this sort of opportunity, and spring was calling. Continue Reading →

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Get Inside the Garden

Think Like a Gardener – Design and Shape.                                                                               The PhotoBotanic Garden Photography Workshop – Lesson 3.1


The formal design of Filoli Garden fills the space with precision.


Finding your own style as a garden photographer begins with your own understanding of gardens. Think like the gardener within, then get inside the garden to find your photo.

This lesson in The PhotoBotanic Garden Photography Workshop is about Design and Space.  In earlier lessons we talked about design and space as it relates to the composition of a photograph, how to fill the camera frame (space) with a pleasing composition (design).  Here we look at the gardens themselves.  Now we will be looking at themes and assignments for you when you go out with the camera. Continue Reading →

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Appreciation and Mimicry

So far, in these lessons on garden photography, we have explored the rudiments of composition and light in making good garden photos.  In today’s lesson (1.4) we step back and begin to analyze why we take pictures so that we can begin to understand when to snap the shutter.

Let’s assume you are not content with simply documenting the garden – you want photos to share, not just jog your memory.  You will want to have something to say, a story to tell.  I hope it does not seem too obvious, but let’s start with appreciation and mimicry.  First, let’s show our appreciation of the wonder of gardens, then let’s try to find photos that might inform our own gardens with ideas we can mimic. Continue Reading →

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A Dehiscence of Light – Lesson 1.3

Worth garden dehiscence of light

A Dehiscence of Light – Worth Garden

The Wikipedia definition of dehiscence is “the spontaneous opening at maturity of a plant structure, such as a fruit, anther, or sporangium, to release its contents”.  Here I present my own dehiscence – of light as I find it in gardens.

As a mature garden photographer (no smirks please), I release some of my favorites as a way to explore visual poetry, while still furthering the mission to teach garden photography with this ebook.  Lesson 1.3. Continue Reading →

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Composition 101- Fill the Frame

Well, here we go.  Join me here as the book unfolds.  The PhotoBotanic Garden Photography Workshop is being written one post at a time – starting here.

Long time readers of Gardening Gone Wild will know I have been writing about garden photography for almost 5 years.  Now its time for a book, an e-book that will re-organize and greatly expand on what you can find here.  All my posts have been tagged The Camera Always Lies and I will be pulling from some of my favorites for inspiration.

Begin at the beginning; section one of the book:  Good Garden Photography.

I have a workshop lecture entitled “Good” Garden Photography.  “Good” being high-lighted because a good photo to a journalist is not just about aesthetics.  My job as a garden photographer is not simply pretty pictures, it is about illustrating, informing, and inspiring.  I am a gardener myself, I want gardeners to have success.  That is how I see my job and you can re-read my Photographer’s Rant (October 2007) and the ‘camera always lies’ dilemma of portraying real gardens in the media.

But the workshop lecture begins with “purdy” pictures and that is how this adventure begins.  Lesson 1.1: Composition – Fill the Frame. Continue Reading →

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