Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Sara's Garden Project

I have a few hobbies aside from photography, and one of my loves is gardening. I enjoy the little miracles I see every day when I'm walking around admiring the beauty. I tend to enjoy flower gardening a lot more than working with vegetables. I do enjoy pulling something fresh from the garden and eating it, but I have never been one for working in the kitchen and the thought of all the work involved with preparing things for long term enjoyment does not appeal to me one bit.

Back to the May I was digging up some weeds and out popped this little gem...

...a miniature oak tree :)  After much admiration, and going to the house for a camera to take a portrait, I replanted this mighty oak in the woods behind our house. I checked on it throughout the summer and it seems to be doing well so far.

Taking that photograph got me thinking that I should try to take portraits of everything in my garden. That thought led to taking flower portraits in situ with my professional set up (insert laughter here):

which turned into portraits like this:

or these (set up with a piece of white bristol board instead of black):

Then I decided it would be easier to pick some and take them indoors to photograph:

These were seed heads I had saved from the previous fall to photograph "sometime"

And then I tried to get artsy and creative in different ways:

The great thing about this project is that it can go on forever. I am nowhere near done photographing all the things in the garden....and not even close to scratching the surface on the creative side.

When other photographers tell me they can't find anything to take photos of, it always gives me pause. I have never had that problem, but I guess there is that expression...simple minds are easily amused :)


  1. love... Love... LOVE this post! Thank you for putting the one photo that shows a bit of how you did some of the plant portraits.

  2. Love the flower shots, especially the 'artsy and creative' ones. I've gained a new appreciation for flowers after doing lots (and lots and lots) of photos of them, trying for new ideas and points of view. I've never inserted a background like a sheet of bristol board; I generally take it as is using depth of field to deal with the background. One of the fun things is macro shots, getting right into the details. It's amazing how hairy some plants are. And then when you can get bees or ants in the shot, so much fun!

  3. Wow! These are wonderful, Sara. Thanks for once again sharing a little of your process. Inspiring stuff for those of us who want to make more interesting images.


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