July 31, 2017 at 7:55 pm #14604August 2, 2017 at 10:17 pm #14608
Ah! Gardens! I like visiting gardens, but they can be tricky to photograph. It is the old problem that what looks good in real life to us becomes a very confusing mess when you take a photograph of the same scene. So, two things you can try; take shots of detail instead of the wider vista and, when you do shoot a “scene” make sure that it really has a good form to it. To help you can use buildings, walls, paths, light and shade, anything which gives form to the composition. There, that is all I know about photographing gardens!
The old water droplet trick – one of the gardeners had just splashed about a bit. Arley Hall a couple of weeks ago.
August 3, 2017 at 8:41 am #14614
- This reply was modified 10 months ago by Peter Robinson.
Thanks for kicking off this months theme John with a fine photograph and some good advice. I’m glad I’ve chosen a subject that you enjoy photographing. In this photo I like the contrast in colours and the way in which the flower stands out from the background. Plenty of texture and a central composition adds to it’s strength.August 3, 2017 at 10:57 am #14615August 3, 2017 at 11:00 am #14616
I had to dig back to 2009 for this one. Our garden when we won the best kept garden. Cannot do it now , but still admired for the way my gardener keeps it.The conifers , flowers, tubs and red letter box all gone. But we keep in neat.August 3, 2017 at 11:02 am #14617
But keeping a garden neat requires hard work and attention.August 3, 2017 at 11:04 am #14618
Like John”s single flower the rose in my garden screamed out for a splash of water and a camera. We all do it LOL.August 3, 2017 at 4:24 pm #14619
This really for a point of interest—Photographed through the double glazing the other evening. Germinated from bird seed I throw out.August 3, 2017 at 9:40 pm #14622
Thanks for posting these Ken. It’s interesting to see and hear how your garden has progressed over the years. Like in John’s photo the red rose contrasts well against the green background.August 5, 2017 at 7:39 am #14628
The water droplets trick works because it adds texture. I am quite happy with the surface texture of the unadorned petals myself, but it needs the right lighting and a lens capable of rendering good detail to bring it out. Also, in macro a very steady camera and subject.
But, for something completely different, how about no colour and a wide view? Here is one I put in last year whose subtleties I don’t remember being appreciated. Working with a fixed, moderately wide angle lens you quickly adapt to the view and field that such a lens gives and you create your shots around the capabilities. At Packwood I was attracted by this scarecrow and its stance. For a typical “club shot” I would have made a portrait with a long focus lens and eliminated any distractions. Instead, the wider view makes, I think, a much more interesting picture. I could include the gardener and soon spotted that if I waited for him to bend down then not only would he be more obviously a secondary subject but he would echo the shape of the conifer in the background.August 5, 2017 at 4:50 pm #14629
Yes very nice–I concur with all your points John. The gardener bending also reflects the arched gate. I also like to see the raised plant shelves almost like a tiered effect. But to do a selfie is clever. (LOL)August 5, 2017 at 4:54 pm #14630
Looking to match John for a mono and I am not caught wanting. But this is the real thing. Mono film taken using the Werra. I still had not discovered at that time the best for processing. Cannot do that now !!1 In the Manor gardens nearby.August 5, 2017 at 5:14 pm #14631
Ha ha. Well the scarecrow has a hat a bit like mine!
Good subject Ken and one which would be testing to print. I’ll post another soon.August 5, 2017 at 8:17 pm #14632
I think your monochrome photograph is full of interest John. In colour it would have lost some of it’s shapes which are so important to its composition.
Your golden oldie Ken has stood the test of time and I like the comparison between the vertical tree and lamppost.August 6, 2017 at 7:29 pm #14635
In Ness Gardens Wirral a few years ago.
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