Out & About in the Garden

Before I share the photographs from my most recent house shoot I wanted to post some of what I’ve been photographing in the garden. Starting about an hour to an hour and a half before sunset the low angle of the sun filtering through the various types and colors of leaves is hard to resist. I’ve been doing most of this work hand-held because it’s so much easier to move from plant to plant and not have to constantly re-adjust my tripod. I like being able to move quickly as the light changes and lie down on the ground if I need to get a particular angle (kneeling bare-legged in fresh pine straw, however, has not been fun).

There are definite benefits with the tripod, though, and I did use it to get some of the shots below. I’m finding that the ball head on my tripod is not strong enough to hold the weight of my macro lens and it’s a lot of work to get the lens pointed exactly where I want it. After I book a few more real estate shoots I might be looking into acquiring a geared head for my tripod. They’re supposed to be good for real estate photography, too (getting the camera perfectly level and the sensor perfectly parallel to a particular plane can be really challenging). The more I read about geared heads the more it seems like a good idea to get one!

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Another Spring Photo Collage

I’ve been getting more practice with my 105mm macro lens and the more I use it the more I love it. We’ve had a lot of gray, overcast days here in the Atlanta area recently. That’s not so great for people who want to get outside and enjoy the spring temperatures, but it’s great for macro photography! In the above collage you will see Solomon’s Seal (top left), Calibrachoa (small orange flowers) and Creeping Jenny (the lime green/yellow-ish plant next to the Calibrachoa), Asiatic Lily leaves (far right), Azalea flowers (pink), Lily of the Valley (small, white, bell-shaped flowers), and tulips. I grew tulips for the first time this spring and they did really well.

I photographed a new listing a couple of days ago, so more real estate photos coming soon. I’m also trying to figure out how to post video to a blog post and get the formatting to work the way that I want it to. I have some simple time lapses that I’d like to post, but they will have to wait until I get things figured out!

(I’m also working on changing the blog settings so the featured image above can be viewed larger in a lightbox. Right now the size that you see is as large as I can make it.)

Spring 2015 in Full Bloom!

Spring is finally here and I’ve been out in the garden quite a bit trying to document its arrival. The hyacinths have been and gone and the daffodils have already peaked, too. But the tulips just emerged in the past week and the dogwoods and azaleas will be opening up soon. The carpenter bees are zooming all over the place, too. I love that when the plants start to emerge in the spring I don’t have to go very to find photography subjects! In the above collage you’ll see a daffodil, daffodil stems, Nandina leaves, an iris, pink hyacinth petals and a holly fern getting ready to uncurl.

Botanical Photography :: Elephant Ears

I discovered my love of gardening and plants a few years ago when I moved into a house for the first time. Plants are fascinating. And if you look hard enough even a garden that isn’t well-tended can provide never-ending photography opportunities (especially if you have a macro lens and can work really close to your subjects). Luckily my mom’s garden is very well taken care of and her recent acquisition of two elephant ears has provided me with some interesting new photography victims!

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