So, with careful thought and the hope that I can stick to it, I share my 2011 Gardening Year's Resolution with you:
I resolve to photograph my garden only in early morning and late afternoon. I will put down the camera at high noon.
No more shots of jeweled blooms and glistening leaves washed out by the blast of a high sun. No more hours spent photoshopping the exposure levels and manipulating the details I wanted to see because the shot is swimming in white glare.
|Too bright! I hate explaining how pretty this caryopteris is if only you could see it better.|
|The caryopteris in lower light.|
But I can change.
|GAAA! Red is hard to photograph, but this peony 'Blaze' looks like plastic in the harsh direct light from overhead. The metallic purple fireworks of 'Schubertii' alliums add to the eye hurt in such direct light.|
I will have to rework things a little, but I am game to try.
- I resolve to keep the camera by the back porch where it will always be ready.
- I resolve to get up, have my coffee and go outside (e-mail, facebook, the newspaper, and garden blog checking will wait).
- I resolve to always keep a pair of boots by the back door so I don't get dissuaded by the fact that the grass is too wet to go out there.
- I resolve that the last tool I use in the garden at the end of the day will be the camera. Then, and only then, I'll put the other tools away.
That's my 2011 resolution. If I can lose weight too, I'll be really happy.