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August 5th, 2011

Saturday night in Iowa

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It’s been a VERY busy, but very good summer. A couple of weeks ago, I went to the Seed Savers conference in Decorah to teach a garden photography workshop.

When I first got there, I walked around the display gardens. Really beautiful.
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On Saturday night, before dinner, I got to wander around Diane’s garden and spend time enjoying the light. While thinking about the things I would teach at the workshop, I saw a little garden detail which exemplified my favorite garden photo advice. Look at things from all sides.

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Shot from above, but the Love-In-A-Mist was distracting:
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Moved the camera lower, now the shot is more about the plants:
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Thought to myself, “what detail might the reader want from a photo like this?” The way it is woven?

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Or maybe what it looks like from the other side?

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Naturally, I got distracted by the same Love-in-a-mist that got in the way of my other shot, and gave it some time in the spotlight.

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It was a busy two days. In addition to the workshop, I photographed a feature and a department for 2012, and met a lot of really fun and interesting people. (And I’m not just saying that because Tom and Jess helped me do a photo shoot in a heat wave.) It’s too bad we couldn’t spend a week in Decorah. I’d like to go back and see the isolation gardens and spend more time with everyone.

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photo by Tom from Seed Savers

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Old seed packet stamps in the Seed Savers store.

Lastly, here’s a bit of exciting (to me, and I hope to you) news–this year our book division made a 2012 Organic Gardening planner, featuring my photography. We had a box of them sent out to the conference. (They even had them out with the actual author’s books for their book signing. Whoa.) The planner won’t be sold in stores, but I got the link to share with you (especially all of you readers who are related to me.)  Buy me, I’m pretty.

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