Chasing the Light with My Camera

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I enjoy chasing the light with my camera. In fact it’s best on late autumn or winter days when the sun is much lower in the sky. Moreover these photographs were taken as the first rays of light appeared in the garden. Before the little heat there is at this time of year had time to melt the frosted seedheads and leaves. As a result I hope the following photos will inspire you to get into the garden with your own camera!


A light chaser came into the garden one frosty November morning just as the plants were frozen in time. She waited and observed how the light worked its magic by leaving sparkles all over the autumn flowering plants. She chased the light as it moved around the garden and she let ‘nature paint a picture‘ just for you…


Chasing the Light With My Camera

frosted potentilla blooms



frosty magnolia
The first light of the day permeating through the frosted Magnolia leaves
frosted lavender blooms
Light dancing off the final Lavender ‘Hidcote’ blooms
frozen rudbeckia flowers decaying
and finally the melting moments on the Rudbeckia Goldstrum and that glorious autumnal bokeh
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Rosie is a garden photographer, writer and nature lover. She enjoys soaking up nature and is easily distracted from doing the weeding by anything that flutters, flies, buzzes, creeps or crawls! She enjoys sharing the beauty of creation through her photography. Rosie has been featured on TV on BBC2's The Beechgrove Garden and she uses the outdoors as her natural light studio. Her work can be seen at one of Scotland's only photography galleries - Close Gallery, 4b Howe Street, Edinburgh.

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20 Responses

  1. Ellie

    Rosie, as usual wonderful pictures. The lighting is perfect. :)) I'm sure your garden must be beautiful if your pictures are anything to go by.

  2. JWLW

    Hi Rosie: Seeing all your beautiful and wonderful photos make me want to become a better photographer. So guess I will be adding it to my list of things to do.

    I really enjoy your blogs and photography. Have a wonderful day,

  3. Andrea

    There you go again Rosie, whenever i look at your shots they make me want to stop photoshooting to rest completely! I know you know what i mean, it is just envy, and not being able to duplicate any of them. Sigh!

  4. Cat

    There is a magical quality to the autumn morning light and you've captured it beautifully.

  5. Janet

    There is a good reason or two for not cutting back all the old perennial flower heads. One is for wildlife and the other is to photograph then in the autumn light. A wonderful series of shots, Rosie.

  6. Melanie

    Those are fabulous macro shots Rosie. They provide a lovely glimpse into your winter garden.