Project 52 – Week 19 – Garden



One of the things Bonnie and I definitely share in common… our killer tendencies towards plants.  The Hurley garden, or backyard as we call it here in the US, really consists of a large lawn (overtaken by clover), a swing set, a soccer goal, and our swimming pool. To be brutally honest, at times we struggle to even keep the grass alive.  So I definitely cheated for this leg of the challenge, and took outside a vase full of beautiful – and yes I admit it, rapidly dying – pink roses that Ella gave me last weekend for Mother’s Day.  I put them on a table on our back porch and then took out a piece of equipment that I was more than a little excited to test drive… my new macro lens!!  If you double click on the photograph, you can see an enlargement of the image, and the detail that the lens highlights is great.

This image was shot at noon in our backyard, on a bright sunny Texas day.  I used my Canon DSLR paired with my new toy, the Sigma 50mm 2.8 EX DG macro lens.  I adjusted my settings to ISO 100, f/5, and shutter speed 1/250.  I edited the image in Lightroom 4, and decreased the temperature a little, then increased the exposure, contrast, clarity, saturation, and whites.



Mary, Mary, quite contrary, How does your garden grow… When I was a child, my Mother recited that poem more than any other, but none of it rubbed off on me.  I tend to kill most plants that I come into contact with.  My husband once gave me some great insight.  He said, “Bonnie, plants need water”!  😉  It shouldn’t be this hard for me, and my ‘spring’ resolution is to become better with plants.  I am starting out with succulents.  They store water, so if I neglect them for a bit, they will forgive me!

So how do I have this lovely soaking up the rain in my yard?  We are currently renting a home, and included in the rent is the owners pretty gardens.  For some reason the plants began blooming again this spring, with little or no care from us. I guess it goes back to the old saying,  “April showers bring May flowers”.

I shot this on my iphone with the macro olloclip attached.   It was early afternoon with a little rain and a little sun. Other than to crop to a square, there was no edit.  I’m just letting nature speak for itself.

“To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place…I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.” ~ Elliot Erwitt


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