Planning a Workshop

– Posted in: Garden Photography

Whenever I do photography workshops I visit the garden just before to get a head start on what the students will see.  So it was with great delight I recently visited UC Berkeley Botanical Garden. My workshop is from my new PhotoBotanic Garden Photography e-book, the lesson on Composition and Balance, and I needed to see[...]

On the Path to Art

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This will be a bit of a challenge.  Photos are supposed to tell a story, so I present a series of photos without comment. The set up:  I was in Hoyt Arboretum in Portland, Oregon looking to add two photos into my lecture “Finding the Photo”.  I always try to add photos that are current and[...]

Photographing Roses

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Vintage roses in my studio

Roses are on my brain.  Not only did Gardening Gone Wild’s own Fran Sorin just explain the process of selecting one of my rose photos for her new edition of Digging Deep, I just made a new lecture on roses for the ARS, American Rose Society, District meeting. Sometimes these blog posts just fall together.  Not[...]

Photographing a new Rose

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A new rose takes years to reach the market.  The process of breeding, testing, analyzing, selecting, and then propagating enough to sell, and then marketing, all have timetables.  The rose above that I photographed for Star Roses two years ago with no name is now being released.

Dry Summer

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dry summer woodland california

We expect summers to be dry here in California.  It’s a summer-dry or Mediterranean climate of wet winters and rainless summers.  Gardeners learn to adapt and use plants that are native to summer-dry climates. But this year is particularly hard on gardeners because it is particularly dry .  We have not had rainy winters recently,[...]