When I have an assignment to shoot plants, it can be a challenge to find a neutral background. Shooting for the plant development team at Sunset Plants in the demonstration gardens at Sunset publishing, there is no lack of backgrounds. The problem is finding a plain background.
White flowers are always difficult to photograph. It is hard to get good detail in white without adding gray, so for their new white Agapathus I looked for a neutral background and decided on this variegated Pittosporum.
It became quite a nice shot when we added more plants, but what really go my eyeball poppin’ was found on the other side of the Pittosporum hedge – a dark, dark Aeonium.
Makes me almost dizzy just to look at it. Hardly neutral.