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Good Lighting for Garden Pictures

Wednesday, June 26, 2019
by Celia Glime | Photography Intern

Hey, Its Celia, the photography intern from Allen Centennial Garden! Let's talk about photographing plants in the Garden. Every day I am baffled by the beauty and atmosphere in the Garden, and I have realized that it’s difficult to take a bad picture in such a beautiful place. In my opinion, I think the best times to take pictures are around 8 am when there is still dew on the leaves and the light has a soft yellow tinge, or late afternoon on a cloudy day when the lighting is soft and the plants have opened their petals.


Given that each section of the Garden utilizes a different and unique gardening style, I have been able to take a lot of diverse images that highlight plants I have never seen before. As a photographer, I like to take a lot of close up photos that highlight the smaller details in the plants. I am often reminded of this quote by Leonardo Da Vinci “To such an extent does nature delight and abound in variety that among her trees there is not one plant to be found which is exactly like another; and not only among the plants, but among the boughs, the leaves and the fruits, you will not find one which is exactly similar to another”.

Being an artist gives me the opportunity to see the world and its beauty in a distinguishable way, and I relate to this quote because Da Vinci was an artist who, though the quote, verbalized the individualism in the art that is nature, including plants.

I hope you all try to visit the Garden and take some pictures with the tips I gave. If you do, be sure to #allencentennialgarden because we love seeing your pictures!



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