Monday, November 29, 2010

Credit where it's due

As regular blog readers here might know, to earn a living I work on a gardening magazine. I mostly edit the text written by everyone else, including our real experts in gardening – and it's thanks to them that I have learned what little I know about gardening. Sometimes they even let me write the odd story.

However, the best part of my job each month is to look at photos – readers' photos – I love it. All photos sent into the magazine eventually come to me. We have a very popular "Readers' Photos" section in the mag each month, and I am the first port of call for entrants to that part of the mag. Right now we're also running a "My great vegie patch" competition, and I get all those photos first, too.

My job is simple. I sort through all the entries and pick the "finalists", from which our judging team then picks the winners (to keep everything fair and impartial, I don't get to pick any winners). In a way it's great not to have to choose a winner, as the standard of photos sent in by readers is always so astonishingly good.

I guess it's time for digital cameras to be given credit where it's due. These things have enabled so many average backyard gardeners and wildlife lovers to take some stunning photos in recent years. The amazing macro shots and brilliant 'capture the moment' pix that land in my email in-box each day often just make my day. I'm always calling out to Pam to "come and check this out" as another stunner arrives.

Anyway, as I've just had an inspiring day with a particularly colourful and lovely bunch of new photo competition entries coming in, I thought I'd grab a quick selection of my own digital photos and post them in a meaningless bunch, to give credit where it's due – to the people who invented digital cameras. Thank you! (As ever, click on the photos and they should pop up much bigger).

Bromeliad flower in Darwin, looking like a space alien.

Scadoxus bloom in September, catching the afternoon light.

Louisiana iris bloom in October, a brief but glorious reign.

Frangipani flower that lasts all summer long, intoxicating in its sweet scent.

'Fire, fire, that plant is on fire!' No it's not, it's just Crassula 'Campfire'.

Sometimes humble green foliage does the trick, such as this Ajuga.

And let's finish off with the humblest and tastiest of them all – vegies. Freshly harvested 'King Edward' spuds. Glam spuds, who would've thunk it?

I know from my own sloppy methods of photography, that if I take enough shots, a couple will be good enough to use in my blog. If only you saw my lousy shots – there are thousands of them! And so that's my only photographic tip I have to share. Just take lots of pix and some will end up good enough to use. Works for me!


Melinda said...

Thank you for taking time out from looking at all the wonderful entry photos to look at my sickly plant pics! I really appreciate your advice. I've realised now that almost all the plants have the rust, so I assume I may lose the balcony garden entirely.
I really like the bromeliad photo too.

Green thumb said...

Works for me too! You have an amazing job. I always wished to do something like that and be among the experts in this wonderful field of gardening: sadly i am not even near.
The photographs are stunning!

Jess said...

aha! So you're the one we have to butter up to get a chance to be in the mag eh??? ;)

Your shots always inspire me btw :)

Sue O said...

Thousands of shots, plus the "edit" button in Picasa. Is that cheating?

Jamie said...

No, Sue, it's not Picasa - it's Photoshop.

And no, it's not cheating at all, especially if you cheerfully admit to it. It's just a modern method of getting some good shots when you're not all that talented. Digital cameras are such wonderful things. They've improved my photography a lot. I love the things. I'm sure a lot of other bumbling amateurs feel the same way.

lotusleaf said...

It works for me too. Your shots are very beautiful.

Mae from office plants said...

Thanks for another fantastic post.
I am rather sure this post has helped me save many hours of reading other similar posts just to find what I was looking for.
Once again: Thank you!