Good morning Sunshines! We’re going to do something a little different today on RDR. Saxon Holt is one of my favorite people and an extraordinary photographer. I am astounded by his work, and I think you will be too. Below is a guest post Saxon wrote for RDR’s readers on garden photography. At the end of the post, if you comment, he’s also giving two of my readers the opportunity to win a copy of his 3rd PhotoBotanic ebook. I am so excited for you. So, without further ado, here’s Saxon’s take on photographing the late summer garden–a task that isn’t easy to do. For more wonderful photography lessons, see his entire series of PhotoBotanic ebooks.
The late summer garden can be a challenge to photograph.
Trees and shrubs are looking tired. Annuals are petering out, going to seed. Perennials have grown, spread, and fallen over.The vegetable garden may still have some produce, but the plants are looking raggedy.
But if you are lucky enough to have a mild, moist summer as Dee reports for Oklahoma, and you have kept up with deadheading and ahead of the weeding, there is still lots going on–and lots of photos if you are careful about framing your subject.
With the comings and goings of the garden this time of year there may be too much going on to decide what to say about the garden. Still want to take photos? Then think like a gardener for inspiration.
The best garden photographers are all gardeners themselves and use their own biases and understandings to take pictures. Use your own knowledge of your own garden to look for inspiration, for ideas you want to share, not simply a photo you think someone else would find interesting.
And the real tip about finding the photo in the jumble of the gardens to use the camera as a framing tool, then fill that frame with only those elements that are important to you and the gardening story you want to tell.
This assumes you have a story to tell and are not just snapping photos; but as a gardener, trust your instincts. Are you delighted your penstemon have re-bloomed due to your clever skills as a gardener? Well don’t just grab a photo.
Instead, fill the frame with the penstemon.
Has the Purple Prairie Clover gone to seed and looks a mess? Come in tight to feature those seed heads.
Your camera offers you a canvas to fill. Think like a gardener – use your camera to tell others about gardening the way you really see it.
The PhotoBotanic Garden Photography Workshop Series--Book Three Think Like a A Gardener.
Wasn’t that great? But wait! There’s more!
Saxon is teaming up with other bloggers all across the country for an entire week of photo tips and giveaways. Visit the other blogs on the blog tour below for more how-to’s and a chance to win one of Saxon Holt’s photography ebooks. And be sure to visit PhotoBotanic for more photography tips.
Here’s the blog post schedule:
To enter, please leave a comment below. The contest runs from today through Wednesday, September 16, 2015, at Midnight. The winners will be chosen by a random number generator. I’ll notify the winners and update this post by Thursday, September 17, 2015. In order to win, you need to leave me a valid email address, and not be anonymous. I know, I know, but trust me, it’s previously. I’m not going to require that you tweet this post or Facebook it, but let’s be honest, it will help Saxon get the word out about his website and ebooks if you do. So, feel free to share anyway you like including Pinterest. Thanks so much for reading. Hope you win.
UPDATE: After using a random number generator, I’ve selected two winners, Vickie Moore and Claire Jones. I’ve contacted both winners to let them know how to get their prize. Congratulations!