Accents !

– Posted in: Garden Musings, Garden Photography
autumn garden with mixed border

For a garden photographer there is nothing quite like a landscape architect who knows how to use plants.  Gary Ratway not only knows plants as well as any horticulturist I have met, he designs landscapes to show them off. His own garden in Mendocino, California is a showcase for garden design as landscape architecture, a [...]

Vantage Point – Looking Up

– Posted in: Garden Photography
redwood trees, muir woods

Sometimes we photographers get stuck.  We are out looking for photos and just can't seem to find anything special.  Often, seeing the garden is just a matter of slowing down and thinking about what it is that excites us.  Other times we just need to shake up our point of view. As you look around, [...]

Bare Trees

– Posted in: Garden Design, Garden Photography

Winter's stark beauty.  Color vanishes from the landscape.  Bare trees dominate the garden.  On cloudy overcast days, the somber gray sky can become a clean white background, perfect for silhouettes with just a little bit of camera manipulation.  You can override your camera meter's calibration which is designed to read each scene as a neutral [...]