Photographing Gardens ; There is No Wrong Time
Firstly, an apology to anyone who noticed that I have been remiss in my blogging duties. I just checked and it has been almost two months since the last post. I honestly didn’t realize that it was anywhere near that long. I haven’t taken many photos recently, at least not many worth sharing that is. On the writing front things seemed to dry up a bit. I started a couple of posts but they were stale and bored me so I decided not to inflict them on anyone else.
I have been busy with a newish venture, or at least a new twist on an old one, and I’ll be writing about that here other the coming days and weeks. That and other work is not the excuse for my absence though – sometimes the well really does run dry and when that happens I find its best to do other stuff for a while and come back refreshed and, more importantly, with something new to say.
Photographing Flowers and Gardens
Here are a few photographs that I’ve taken of the garden over the past three days. We are undergoing something of a drought at the moment and are at that time of year where things start to look a bit ragged around the edges; Not the usual conditions for garden photography I know but therein lies the challenge.
We are now in that part of the year when plants and start wilting, flowers are dying back and losing their familiar shapes, colors and textures. Culturally we are infused with the idea that this state of affairs is not an aesthetically pleasing one so best not to get handy with the camera. Well, my view is a little different, this time of the year is when is when things get unpredictable and all sorts of wonderful shapes and spaces start to appear. It is that seeing with a fresh eye thing again.
The daylilies produce some wonderful and unpredictable opportunites. The trick was to get in close and to literally forget that they were ever flowers, just to see them as really interesting organic forms and in terms of positive and negative space. The third, fourth, fifth and sixth photos are all daylilies. The photograph at the top is a trumpet vine and the second one looks like an anemone. I could be wrong though as I prefer the camera to a field spotters guide. Anyway, two of them appeared on the part of the lawn that is on a roughly 45 degree angle about six feet apart. Over a period of a few days the flower faded from a brilliant red to a subtle pink with delicate white spots. The other photographs are of various parts of a hosta, a very dried out allium
On a technical note, all of the photographs were shot with a Nikon d40x DSLR using either one of a couple of kit zooms and a 10x magnifier (which does not make things 10x bigger) was used for some of them. The images were edited using free software called Shotwell on a computer with Ubuntu on it. The software is pretty basic but good – there is no spot removal tool though as you can probably tell! I will do a bit more work on these at some point to get rid of some of the spots. The bright colors are not so much due to over enthusiastic editing as having my camera set on vivid plus. They were shot at dusk and that adds to the effect.
Here are the rest of the photographs of the garden from the last couple of days. There are around a hundred in all.