Seeing Shapes in Succulents

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Ruth Bancroft Garden

Succulents are one of the most photogenic of plants groups. The leaves are bold and graphic, arranged in geometric patterns, creating strong shapes.

Gardens with mature succulents can be a candy store for a photographer.  One of the very best anywhere is the Ruth Bancroft Garden in Walnut Creek, California,

I find that I increasingly use shape as the most important element in composing a photograph.  Photographs transform our three-dimensional world into two dimensions, so the shape of each element in a composition needs to fit together like a jigsaw puzzle.

When the shapes are bold and graphic enough, such as in a succulent garden, they lend themselves to an artistic treatment, as I did here using the Topaz Impression filters.

Before and After Slider

Talk about a kid in the candy store !  More images of the Bancroft Garden in this gallery.

My Hardy Succulents book.

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