garden photography

6 Tips for Garden Photography

– Posted in: Garden Photography
Spring tulip bed seen through balustrade, Filoli Garden in spring, California

Longtime readers of Gardening Gone Wild will recognize most of the tips in Think Like A Camera, the second book in my series of PhotoBotanic Garden Photography Workshops. "The first lesson in all my garden photography workshops is to 'think like a camera.' Your camera is a tool, which can only take a picture when [...]

On Instagram, Nobody Cares About Your Dog

– Posted in: Garden Photography, Miscellaneous
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I'm currently celebrating having attained 10,000 Instagram followers by giving away all four of my books! See details.  Instagram is pure eye-candy, one luscious photo right after another. Captions tend to be brief or nonexistent. If you have a favorite topic, such as “echeverias,” you can scroll through glorious echeveria photos simply by searching for #echeverias. Not only does [...]

Are Plants Art ?

– Posted in: Garden Musings, Garden Photography
California purple sage Salvia leucophylla 'Point Sal' in garden with California native plants, Torgovitsky

"Plants are not art". So began a provocative Facebook post by Benjamin Vogt. I did not have time to jump into the social media conversation that his post sparked, knowing I would say something too quickly, too passionately, or misunderstood. Benjamin is a friend of mine and a friend of Gardening Gone Wild .  His [...]

The Color of Flowers

– Posted in: Garden Photography
Williamsburg™ Purple, Chrysanthemum indicum potted flowers on patio plant stand; Licensed Photograph © Syngenta

Have you ever chosen a flowering plant by the color in a catalog or plant tag ?  Since the color we see in flowers is subjective to the color of light surrounding it, how did the photographer know the true color to begin with ? This Chrysanthemum indicum is called Williamsburg™ Purple. "Purple" can mean different hues to different [...]