Be Alert to Backgrounds

One of the pleasures of winter for a garden photographer is reviewing photo shoots from earlier in the year and being transported back in time. I have a very poor memory for most things, but my visual memory is excellent...
For interesting photos in bright light, don't follow the Kodak advice that came with the early Brownie cameras: “The sun should be behind your back or over your shoulder.” That advice was from the earliest days of film photography when shooting...

Christmas Berry Composition

Whenever I wander the woods behind my house this time of year, I see flashes of red - Christmas Berry, or Toyon, Heteromeles arbutifolia, one of the best California native shrubs for landscape use. On a recent walk I found a...

What To Say About Trees

I have been thinking a lot about trees recently. My visit to Arnold Arboretum in October and a recent publisher's request for American tree images inspired a new gallery, American Trees. Whenever I post a new gallery, I try to...

Flower Photo Focal Point

Every autumn when my Camellia sasanqua shrubs begin to bloom I marvel at how well they do in California. Then, when the ginkgo trees turns butter yellow, I go crazy to photograph them. The trees are now big enough so...
It's true, there is autumn foliage in San Francisco. Just go to Golden Gate Park and take a walk in the Botanical Garden. The color doesn't really start to show until December, and nobody is going to mistake it for...

Glowing Oak

Almost every day I take a morning walk with my dog, Kona in the Oak woodland's around my house.  My back yard is Cherry Hill, a local open space which is undevelopable, the backyards of all the neighbors in...

Planning a Panorama

Over the years I have learned to see classic rectangles when I photograph a garden, rectangles in a 2 to 3 proportion.  This is the traditional "full frame" camera viewfinder, based on the 35mm film size which is 24 x 36...

Making a Special Rose Photo

I have been photographing roses in this wonderful private garden in Napa for the past six years. I have more than a thousand photos that I have used for a series of garden albums, private books of this country garden and have just...

Shadows at Cornerstone

I had a play day today at Cornerstone Gardens in Sonoma. But the light was bright and sunny, and even though I was only there as a scouting trip in the middle of the day, I still wanted to take...