It’s been such a long time since I last participated in any of the Gardening Gone Wild Competitions. This month the Picture This subject is ‘light in the macro or close up world’ judged by photographer Alan Detrick.
He’s the author of “Macro Photography for Gardeners and Nature Lovers”. He also conducts many workshops on garden photography for American Horticultural Society, Garden Writers Association, Garden Club of America, Brookside Gardens, Chanticleer Gardens, Longwood Gardens, Mohonk Mountain House and New York Botanical Gardens.
When we think of an oriental poppy I’m sure we visualize those crepe paper petals with smudges of pollen inside. I have many different coloured poppies here in the garden. But my favourite is called ‘Royal Wedding’. It has large white petals with purple blotches. There is something just so exquisite when you look beyond those white papery petals. Especially when there’s a little of the light radiating up through the lower section of the petals. The textures and colours of those inner parts reveal a new beauty of the flower to me. And I hope they do the same to you too.
Furthermore I’m submitting my very ethereal photograph of the inner parts of an oriental poppy to the contest.
Photography was once described as painting with light. – Anonymous
Edit to add that I won the gold medal for this photograph at Picture This!
Here’s what the judge Alan Detrick had to say:
This image is done with technical perfection and without loosing any of the artistic feel. The soft side lighting gives just the right amount of shadow to show off the texture. The color saturation and focus are crafted to perfection. The Gold Medal is well deserved.
You don’t need to use a fancy camera to get a good photograph. I didn’t use a dslr for this shot but a fuji bridge camera using the super macro setting.