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Wednesday, July 08, 2009

The right angle

When taking photos of blooms in your gardens, there are many different angles from which you can shoot. The most common angle is head on, an "in your face" kind of shot.

This daylily is 'Lounge Lizard' by Curt Hanson of Ohio. I am just head over heels in love with this plant, it's got all the bells and whistles, great blooms, scapes and bud count. The silver edge is just icing on the cake.

The full frontal shot though can miss quite a few details. See here, taken from the side you will see the amazing curls of the sepals. This is so incredibly cool!

Most unusual for me is to zoom in so tight that I crop out parts of the flower but I was in the mood to experiment. I have to admit, I thought I'd hate this technique but instead, I'm crazy about it. I like this photo so much that I might try printing it out to put in a frame.

One last photo, this is a follow up to yesterday's post about the right light. This afternoon I just happened to notice the sun coming through the Begonia grandis (Hardy Begonia). Isn't it beautiful?

Tomorrow my Mom is coming in from Florida. She is the worlds best weeder and I just can't wait to see her whip my garden back into shape.


Shady Gardener said...

Lounge Lizard - what a funny name, but what a Beautiful daylily!! I could use your mom's help, too! This is a "weedy Spring!" :-)

lynn'sgarden said...

Agree! The lighting makes a big difference! I've been experimenting with 'up' shots...another neat angle.

Gail said...

Have a good visit with your mom! I have been trying hard to approach shots from various angles...what a difference it makes. gail

Sherri said...

Melanie, I just love this daylily! It is gorgeous!! I will have to add this one to my list of daylilies I would like to buy. Have you ever bought any daylilies from Roycroft Nursery? They have a great selection-they are on line too!

mosaicqueen said...

Beautiful shots!
Send your mom my way when she's done :-)


Joanne said...

Interesting post and I agree about zooming in and cropping the picture of the day Lillies is good.