With any photography and
garden photography is no exception you will have limitations placed upon you on
what you can do. Some of them you can overcome others you will have to work
The number one limitation
will probably be the weather. Although we want to be able to get garden shots
whatever the weather and if we can, capture the different seasons, there will be
some weather conditions that are more of a challenge than others.
example, may allow us to have a wet looking or globulized rain drop flower head
or leaf, but it is not good for the camera or our kit, or for the general garden open view
where it potentially will distract from the main feature.
on the other hand will offer both different challenges and present light
reflected from below.
is generally good photogenically, but be aware with digital cameras that being out in the
cold for too long can cause your battery to use more power, so back ups
Overcast or foggy days
if captured right can add more drama and a mysterious feeling to the image.
All you can say with the UK
weather, when you plan to do something on one day it will be different to what
you expected. You can leave in the morning and it will change later that day, so
always be thinking ahead, have ideas for each scenario don't limit your creative
objectives, work with what you've got.
limitations will include:
In Public Gardens:
They don't grow what you want
No access to the garden at the time or date you
Light may not be ideal for when you can be there
You may not be able to use a tripod
Timing of the Plants Life:
They are not out when you expect them to be
They go over too quickly
They are not at their best, because they have
become damaged by weather, eaten by insects or by some other means.
Think of limitations as not
being there to put you off, but a means of placing a challenge before you that
needs to be conquered and options explored to overcome and make the situation
work for you. Of course sometimes, like when the plant is not at its best, you
just have to concede that it's portrait is not possible today, but the wider
view can be captured and capitalised on.
Within any garden trip we will encounter many
opportunities we did not expect and while we have limitations to overcome we
also have the good fortune to discover opportunities we did not expect.