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Week 2 - photoshoot

I continued my walk around the botanical gardens (see previous post) spending most of the day there, having only intended to spend a couple of hours. As I walked around, I moved slowly - most out of character for me as I usually walk very quickly - and looked around me constantly, looking for interesting colours, textures or shapes in the different trees and plants. I looked from different angles, often drawing attention as I lay on my stomach, peered underneath things and contorted my tripod to achieve unreachable viewpoints. Not being a gardener myself, most of the time I had no idea what I was photographing, but it was fun nonetheless.


During the course of the day I took dozens of pictures. Here are three of my favourites.


My first image was of a plant with long spiky red leaves. I peered from above down into its heart and found interesting graphic lines formed by the pale edges of the leaves and by the stripy textures of the leaves themselves.



Image number two was of some prehistoric looking leaves that were obviously last year's growth which had died down over the winter but were still attached and hanging down from their tall stem.



And my final image - probably my favourite - was of this hosta plant, taken from just a few centimetres above the ground. I think hostas (one of the few plants whose name I know!) are wonderfully architectural, with clean lines and intriguing forms. I was delighted to spot this particular composition which I call Helter Skelter. I often find green not to be a very pleasing colour when it dominates a photograph and so I converted this image to black and white, which also heped to emphasise the structure of the plant.




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