GGW Picture This Contest/Jan 2011 – Cute As A Button

This month’s Picture This Contest at Gardening Gone Wild is a fun theme:  Macro In A Mason Jar.  I first read of the technique on David Perry’s blog, and David is the creator and judge of this month’s contest.  It’s a fun technique for taking macro shots and you can read about the method at GGW or on David’s blog, even if you don’t intend to enter a photo.

I took a few shots using some beads, pennies, and polished stones, but the buttons appealed to me most — perhaps it’s the bright colour on a dark, grey day.

I simply put a few buttons in the bottom of a Mason jar and using natural window light, took a few shots.  I shook the bottle a few times to try to rearrange the buttons.

My entry for the contest, below.  I can’t wait to try this with some summer blooms!


GGW’s June Picture This Photo Contest Entry

Sometimes "simple" appeals the most...

For this month’s Gardening Gone Wild Picture This Contest, we are encouraged to submit our favourite gardening photo creation.  While it would be impossible to choose a “best photo ever taken” from the hundreds that please me, this bright red petunia would be one of my faves.

I chose this shot because I was happy to be able to capture the true, velvety red of this bloom — those who use digital cameras know how difficult it is to capture those bright reds and pinks authentically.  The simple background of sky and trees that is thrown out of focus makes a nice contrast, I think.  I guess I just like the simple composition.

I encourage you all to check out the amazing entries at GGW’s site — I don’t envy the judge’s task.  Good luck to all!

Gardening Gone Wild: Gone GREEN

This month, GGW’s Picture This Photo Contest’s theme is ‘Green World’, and this is the photo I chose to enter for April.  This is a verbena leaf, taken on a rainy day.  I like the way the hairy little stems capture the light and outline the leaf and I hope it is a good representation of the colour GREEN.