Plants Celebrated

Plants Celebrated is a section of the PhotoBotanic Learning Center with five sub categories of garden photography by Saxon Holt

Dawn’s Early Light

Light is certainly critical in all photography.  For garden photography the magic hours tend to be the two first hours and the two last hours of the day. If you know how to use it, the quality of light...
I am finding great satisfaction exploring these botanic illustrations, that I call PhotoBotanic illustrations.  Not only do my eyes see these two dimensional views more readily these days, I get to explore Photoshop. Here, I am trying new background techniques...

Sunnylands

Sunnylands is a conference Center and gardens near Palm Springs, California. It was established by Walter and Leanore Annenberg to "address serious issues facing the nation and the world community" and has been a meeting site for Presidents, corporate executives,...

Autumn in California

I have heard it argued that California does not have autumn. In fact, I do like to think of California as having only three very distinct seasons: the rainy season, the wildflower season, and the dry season. But it is...

Light Kisses

I am a light stalker with my camera.  Finding the best time and the best light to photograph a garden factors into every shoot.  These days I am challenging myself to bring sunlight into my photographs. Whenever I give presentations...
Matthew Stephens arrived in San Francisco from New York.  With a masters degree in Public Horticulture and years of planting literally a million trees in New York City, you would think he knows a lot about gardening. Now, as the...
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...

The Summer-Dry Meadow

Is anyone immune to the allure of meadows ?  If you are a hiker and explore open spaces, parks, and natural areas, a meadow means a respite.  You are required to stop meandering and let the meadow hold you...
Photographing Rose Bouquets is excerpted from the forthcoming PhotoBotanic Guide to Photographing Roses.  Discounts on the preorder page. I do love photographing roses in the garden. As a gardener I marvel at the beauty of plants in nature and celebrate...
Usually I never shoot in harsh, hard light.  Bright, strong, contrasty light tends to have deep, black shadows with no color subtlety.  As a garden photographer, when the sun came into the garden, I would retreat to the shadows where the...