Saturday, June 19, 2010

GGW Picture This Photo Contest

This has been quite a challenge, but a thought provoking, subjective and enjoyable one: this month's Gardening Gone Wild Picture This Photo Contest is being judged by Josh McCullough of Phyto Photo, whose words include

... give me your best ever. That’s right, the BEST FRAME YOU HAVE EVER CREATED. Your favorite. The one that means the most to you, that conveys what skill you had to bring to bear at its creation and now as you ascertain what it expresses... garden or plant related... The image itself has to stand on its own.


After reviewing years of photographs, I finally narrowed the selection: there were individual blossoms with raindrops and/or bees, birds, and several landscape photos from our garden, whereby a particular mood was captured. The following is one of the images to which I kept returning, the one that still causes me to linger even after having taken it several years ago.

As the morning fog begins to lift from the earth's surface and reveals this fall canvas of color, I am there. It is still one of my favourite images: a composition that also represents an accomplishment of our work over the past 17 years, an open field transformed.



28 June 2010 Update:

I am quite excited about being a Silver Winner for the above photo and relative to this wanted to add Joshua McCullough’s comments:

Diana at Voice in the Garden places highly with a broad and complex landscape. I find the more elements competing for attention in an image the more difficult it is to pull off and this is quite simply well done. The statue and clipped hedge complete the foreground with balance and and exclamation point of a tall narrow conifer brings the eye into the distance to appreciate the fall color and a nicely faded treeline beyond. A bit of contrast and saturation adjustment would bring it to an even higher level.

Thank you Joshua and GGW Picture This Winners for June.

21 comments:

Susan said...

What a wonderful photo and a good choice for the contest. It looks like a european garden owned by only the rich who have many, many gardeners working for them. Beautiful.

Curbstone Valley Farm said...

What a beautiful, and serene scene Diana. An excellent choice!

Diana (Di) said...

Susan,

thank you. Comforting is knowing it doesn't take a lot of money to create this. We started with a field of dry grass, a blank slate, and placed 5 trees (each $18-25) strategically around the area and then added one plant, one ground cover at a time over the years. Time, patience, and a low maintenance garden has been our reward.

Chandramouli S said...

That's beautiful, Di! Very calm and a cozy shot.

healingmagichands said...

This is a very beautiful image. It makes me take a deep breath and relax, it is so serene. I can relate to the gradual transformation of a space, it is what we are doing at The Havens. Aside from the beauty, it is so satisfying to look out and see the fruits of your labors, isn't it?

Good luck with the contest. I can see why this is one of your favorite images. It really rocks.

Phillip said...

Beautiful! Good luck!

~Gardener on Sherlock Street said...
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~Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

A great choice. It is just beautiful. Good luck!

--sorry about the deleted comment--crazy computer buttons!

Robin said...

Absolutly Beautiful photo!! Good Luck!

HeatherF1 said...

This doesn't look like a photo, it looks like a painting. Beautiful!

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

I thought it was a painting at first, it's just so beautiful!

Grace Peterson said...

Di, It has to be extremely gratifying to have created such a fabulous oasis from what was once an open field. I'm sure if you're like me [and I think in many ways we've proven we are a lot alike!] you can point to each plant and tell the story of how it came to be in its intended location and how it has evolved over the years, taken lumps from weather's extremes [or not]. And you could reminisce about the ways this beautiful piece of nature has enriched your life.

Isn't gardening wonderful? Your photo is award worthy for sure. Good luck, friend!

Sunita said...

*gasp!* That is so beautiful. And evocative. It seems to me that there are stories hidden there just waiting to be told. You're right, it is a fantastic choice.

RainGardener said...

What a beautiful photo Di, so calm and serene and I love the fog look. A great choice and the best of luck.

nancybond said...

What an exceptional photo! The mood is just wonderful. This is a winner, contest or not -- but good luck!

Rose said...

This is beautiful, Di! I can see why you chose it. It's beautiful on an artistic level, but your personal reasons make it even more appealing. You can certainly be proud of what you have accomplished here.

Southern Lady said...

Great choice! Good luck in the contest! Carla

jeansgarden said...

What a beautiful scene, Diana. Your photo made me want to be there, too. -Jean

Roses and Lilacs said...

What a lovely photo. It captures a mood of serenity beautifully.

I know I could never pick one photo as my favorite. That must have been a hard choice.
Marnie

leavesnbloom said...

Di it looks like a garden out of Japan. A very dreamy photo indeed and a wonderful achievement of 17 years of hard work. Its a scene a painter would love to paint. Rosie :)

Jackie said...

Diana, You have created a magical garden and it looks like a wonderful place to escape from the daily grind. Excellent photo choice for the contest.
- Jackie