Picture This Photo Contest – September 2011

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After a 2 month summer hiatus, Picture This has returned for the fall season. For the month of September. we are excited about having first time Picture This judge, Christa Neu, joining us. As a highly respected photographer for Organic Gardening Magazine where she has been taking photos and editng for the past 7 years, Christa is proud to say that she has recently given in and learned to enjoy eating squash. To learn more about Christa, check out her websiteFran Sorin

The subject Christa has chosen for this month’s Picture This Photo Contest is



“For me, composing a photo in the garden is a little bit like a meditation. I love images that give a calm sense of place, where you can feel that the photographer has spent time with his or her subject, walked around it, gotten familiar with the different angles and what makes the object unique. For this contest, I’d like to see an image with object presence—something that makes us look at an everyday object (whether it is a flower, vegetable, or garden) in a new way. Show me the colors and textures of late summer and the little bits of beauty that can be found in your garden.

“Summer is ending, and I’ve been racing around the gardens storing up spots of color before it is officially autumn. Oh, the lettuce will be germinating soon and my fall flowers will be blooming, but I’m not quite ready to let go of the summer.
If your garden has fallen prey to heat waves or heavy rain, getting an “overall” or pulled-back shot of your garden could be tough. There are several ways you can still enjoy the small bits of beauty in your garden.

Shoot low.

Sometimes you’ll find a nice moment in a cutting garden, where there aren’t many flowers left. If you drop down and take a shot from a low angle, you’ll eliminate a lot of the green and make your viewer feel like they are right there in the middle of the gomphrena.

Shoot tight


If your gardens have been hit by heat waves and heavy rain, your overall garden might be a bit tired. Make the most of this by taking close-up shots. Using a small f-stop will clean up your backgrounds. You can fake depth of field with your point-and-shoot camera. Focus your camera at something in the foreground (by pushing the shutter halfway down so it focuses there). Without releasing the shutter, move the camera to compose your shot, then shoot.

Play in the rain, or after it.


The heat may have finished off a lot of my garden, but last week’s rain has revived the chard. Shooting on an overcast day can be great for close-up photos. It really brings out the pinks, purples and other cold tones.

Take mid-range shots.

When you find nice groupings, like this army of coneflowers, you can make endless compositions. Every time you move the frame a half an inch, it becomes a different picture. I love it when the flowers are in different stages of blooming.

Harvest something.

I photographed these flowers right in the test garden, using one of the harvesting crates as a backdrop.

Then I took these zinnias back to the office and photographed them in the window light.

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It may not be the same thing as being out in your garden, but it will cheer you up to see these bright colors through the long, cold winter.

So what speaks to you in your garden? What are the colors and textures you want to remember?” Christa

Although we have made it a habit of not awarding prizes at Picture This , we couldn’t resist when approached by Kara of Angela’s-Garden. She has generously offered a pair of gloves from her new line of highly-functional and beautiful gloves and gardening accessories. To read more about Angela’s-Garden, click on here.



1.  You must have an active blog in order to participate. To be eligible for judging, you need to leave us TWO LINKS – a direct link to the image, and a link to your blog post that includes the image (and that says you are entering the Gardening Gone Wild Picture This Photo Contest )– in a comment on this post. Your links need to be correct in order for your photo to be entered into the contest. If need be, check out previous Picture This contests to see how others have done it.

2. You are allowed one entry per contest; your photo must be able to be copied from your site. That makes it possible for us to collect all the entries in one place for easier judging.

3. The long side of the image needs to minimally be 800 pixels

4. Because of the enormous amount of responses we receive, you can’t change your mind once you enter a photo into the contest.

5. The deadline for entries is 11:59 PM Eastern time on Sunday, September 25,  2011. There are no exceptions

Entries that meet the above rules will be added to a separate gallery page.  If you enter but your photo does not appear in the gallery  within 24 hours, please review your entry to make sure you followed the rules.

Those of you who have been sitting on the sidelines, this month’s subject is a great way of joining the fun! Go for it…and have a blast!

Fran Sorin

Fran is the author of the highly-acclaimed book, Digging Deep: Unearthing Your Creative Roots Through Gardening, which Andrew Weil, M.D., recommends as "a profound and inspiring book."  

A graduate of the University of Chicago with Honors in Psychology, she is also a gardening and creativity expert, coach, inspirational speaker, CBS radio news gardening correspondent, and Huffington Post Contributor.

Learn more about Fran and get free resources that will help you improve your life at www.fransorin.com.

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Dixie September 4, 2011, 5:05 am

What about those of us who are in early spring? 😉

Where are you located? I hope you took some photos from last fall so that you can use one as an entry. Because the majority of the themes selected by judges are seasonal, it would be great if you could shoot all types of photos every season so that you can enter regardless of the weather you are experiencing at a certain time. So, the short of it is…..in order to qualify, you need to follow the judge’s protocol.
Warmly, Fran

Lynn September 4, 2011, 7:44 am

I was going through withdrawal without this contest!! Glad it’s starting up again!

One September 4, 2011, 9:05 am

The photos you have shown today are really beautiful!

best florists in nyc September 5, 2011, 11:49 pm

Just stumbled this! I wonder what my florist will say about these.

Country Mouse September 7, 2011, 10:26 am

I’m so glad I came by today and discovered the competition is starting up — because I recently took a picture I can enter 🙂 – Sage Buddha – two different salvias encroaching a garden Buddha figure. I’m looking forward to enjoying all the submissions!
My picture URL: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ByAZdCTUlTY/TmeJIbCAwJI/AAAAAAAADvI/7Mh6bXsZPrQ/s1600/sage-buddha-sm.jpg
My blog post URL:
Thanks for hosting the competition – loved the photos Christa posted – Wow!

Goth Garden September 8, 2011, 5:28 pm

So much fun wandering around with a camera in the garden! Here is my blog post: http://dark-of-night.livejournal.com/65051.html and here is the link to the photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/23296530@N02/6118500974/sizes/l/in/photostream/

Dixie September 9, 2011, 5:31 am

I live in South Africa. The summers here are very wet (although there are winter-rainfall regions in SA), so I’m not sure if summer has the same feel here as it does in the US. So, although I have got lots of pictures taken in summer, I was a bit unsure which to choose, since I don’t know what late summer is like overseas.

Here is my picture: http://ouryoungearth.files.wordpress.com/2011/09/p5.jpg

I hope it meets the criteria (it was taken in late summer! 🙂 ).

Here is the blog post:


Masha September 10, 2011, 7:40 pm
Christine Mack September 11, 2011, 12:27 pm
Andrea September 13, 2011, 8:42 am

These are amazing photos, which really show your instructions. How i wish i can always make compostions and photos like you as here in our country we have endless summers!

Greggo September 13, 2011, 6:30 pm

Thanks for bringing back the contest. Maybe it’ll help get me out of the summer doldrums.
Love the photos Christa.
Link to post:http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-nu_vqJvN86U/Tl6d0bSpoRI/AAAAAAAABxY/Q6UKX3K17yQ/s1600/IMG_4291.JPG
Link to blog:http://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=7912410521681649455#editor/target=post;postID=5451532718467794348
thanks , Greg.

GirlSprout September 14, 2011, 10:39 pm

Hi, this is my first time entering the contest.

Link to Photo:

Blog Post:

Many thanks and lots of luck to my fellow bloggers.

Hannah Harper September 15, 2011, 11:59 pm

Haven’t been for a while, but am ready to throw my hat into the ring again.

My blog post:

The image itself:

Looking forward to seeing the gallery fill up.

professorroush September 18, 2011, 1:32 pm

Glad to get the chance to add in some Fall color.

My blog post is:


And the direct link to the image is:


Donna September 19, 2011, 5:10 am

I submitted a couple of days ago and my entry has not appeared. I was wondering if it was not received. I am trying again. If it is duplicated for some reason, my apologies.
The image: http://orchardparkway.files.wordpress.com/2011/09/flyonhosta.jpg
The post: http://gardenwalkgardentalk.com/2011/09/17/ggw-entry-end-of-summer-thoughts/

I’m sorry…my fault. It’s up now…and magnificent. Fran

One September 19, 2011, 8:14 pm
Melody September 19, 2011, 9:34 pm

So excited that the contests are starting back up!

The direct link to my picture is here: http://homeiswheretheheartis.us/picturethiscontestsept2011.jpg

My blog post about the pic can be found here: http://merriemelody.blogspot.com/2011/09/sunflowers-for-septembers-gardening.html

Such a fun theme! Thanks for judging, Christa and for all of the time and effort that goes into these contest Fran 🙂

The Sage Butterfly September 21, 2011, 9:44 am

I am also glad the contests are back.

Here is the blog post:




Thanks for hosting, and good luck to everyone!


Jill-O September 22, 2011, 12:10 am

I’m very happy to show off my favorite September flower:
You can find the image at: http://jellyfishbay.files.wordpress.com/2011/09/p9120161.jpg
and my post is at http://jellyfishbay.wordpress.com/2011/09/22/september-jewels/

John September 22, 2011, 9:34 am

What a timely and appropriate theme. As always, I’m pleased to be able to participate and thanks to GGW for hosting.

My image is

My blog is

Ginny September 22, 2011, 7:45 pm

Here’s my image:https://picasaweb.google.com/105987085655431414139/GinnySGarden02?authkey=Gv1sRgCN6xnp7E-Yqy1QE#5652381040520751394
My blog ishttp://ginnysgarden.blogspot.com/2011/09/wordless-wednesday-wings-to-fly.html
I love this contest and the this month’s theme!

Cathy September 22, 2011, 9:08 pm

I’m glad to see this contest resume as well, and welcome the newest judge, whose work appears in one of my favorite magazines!

Here is my blog post:


And here is my photograph:


I’m looking forward to seeing everyone else’s entries.


Tatyana September 23, 2011, 8:08 pm

The end of summer is beautiful in the Pacific NW. I like the theme of this month! Thank you so much for hosting the contest!
My image is here: http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-7m_GwEsHKtc/Tnztc3EViSI/AAAAAAAADnE/YMUl7j5AlGs/s1600/DSC_0208-1.JPG

My post is here: http://tanyasgarden.blogspot.com/2011/09/late-summer-garden-picture.html

Ailsa September 24, 2011, 2:54 am

Living in New York, I don’t have a garden, but I do have a park:


Blog post:

HA / Cameragardening September 24, 2011, 4:10 am

Nice to see that the competition is back!

A link to my blog post:

A link to the picture:

HA / Cameragardening September 24, 2011, 4:14 am

oops, I see that photobucket resizes the picture a bit to 799 pixels, I hope you can let it slide! I should hurry to my cousins wedding now.. It’s full size on the blog 🙂

All is well. Your entry is posted. Fran

Ginny September 24, 2011, 7:27 pm

I notice two problems with my comment for my entry – the image link took you to all of my blog photos and I left out a space in the comment and my blog link doesn’t show up as a link. So I’m trying again:


Everything is fine. Your post and link are up. Fran

4Bees September 24, 2011, 8:20 pm
Les September 24, 2011, 9:14 pm

Thank you for hosting this fun contest again. I look forward to seeing all the entries. Here is the link to the post:

Welcome to the Jungle

… and here is the direct link to the photo

Thanks again!

Tina Koral September 24, 2011, 9:41 pm

I’m so happy to be a first-time participant!

My image is

My blog is

Welcome! It’s great to have you participating. Fran

HA / Cameragardening September 25, 2011, 9:33 am
Debi September 25, 2011, 10:55 am

Here’s my entry as well:

My image is:

My blog is:

Many thanks for hosting this fun contest!

Lynn September 25, 2011, 2:19 pm

Boy, this was tough!!! I had such a problem getting the link to work for the photo and blogspot wasn’t allowing me to add a photo. Well I made it!!!
Here’s the link to the photo:

and here’s the link to my blog post:

Hopefully my links work!!

Kat September 25, 2011, 4:06 pm

I just learned of this contest and I’m very excited to participate!

Image location: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sunflowerkat/6182292457/

Blog Link: http://sunflowerkat.blogspot.com/2011/09/late-summer-garden.html

Craig @ Ellis Hollow September 25, 2011, 4:41 pm
Hoover Boo September 25, 2011, 6:29 pm

Late summer in my area is all about the color of drought. A sense of season and place is provided by bleached blonde grass contrasting with evergreen rosemary in blazing sun and deep shadow.


blog post:

Melody September 29, 2011, 10:26 am

The gallery page is coming up as a 404 – page can’t be found.

I’m loving everyone’s pics! So nice!

Thanks so much for letting me know. It should be fine now! Fran

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