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How to create soft light for photos

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Lilium humboldtii ssp. ocellatum, Humboldt lily, orange flowering California native bulb

The best time for garden photography is the soft light of early morning after dawn, or late afternoon at dusk.  However that is not always possible, especially if you are visiting a public garden. I wrote a post here a couple years ago "Photos on the Road" about a trip to Norfolk Botanic Garden when [...]

Photographing the Light

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I love the morning light when photographing gardens.  Gardens are fresh, the air clean, and the light is sweet. It is nearly impossible to work in the hot sunny light when the brightest colors take on a contrasted, metallic look and the shady areas become black holes.  In California where there is little humidity in the [...]

Lens Flare

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garden filled with morning light

At one point or another all garden photographers will have to deal with lens flare.   Too much strong directional light will cause the glass in the lens to disperse the light - flare, and affect the quality of the image. The flare will wash out color and reduce contrast.  It is not always so [...]

Photographing Grasses

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Light airy feather grass with dark stolid Agave

More than any other group of plants, I love to photograph grasses.  They bring light, motion, and texture to gardens.  They range widely in size and color, and mix well into all garden styles, from beds and borders to meadows and in containers.  Because they are so versatile in blending into gardens they can be [...]