Wild Garlic (Ramsons) Stroud, Gloucestershire; commended Wildflower Landscapes category
This shot was from a commission to photograph medicinal plants for the book; The Medicine Garden by Rachel Corby. It is one of my favourite woodlands in springtime when the wild garlic flowers carpet the wood and the new fresh leaves of the trees all burst into life, the aroma in the woods is intoxicating. For this shot it was a pre sunrise start, getting in the woods at this time is such a treat as sometimes deer can be spotted and there is an air of calmness and peace.
After reading the published book, I now forage a few wild garlic leaves to make a medicine to keep colds at bay in winter and also use them in the kitchen.
Fractal Begonia; commended in the Macro Art category.
I was photographing the show gardens at Malvern spring gardening show when I came across this Begonia which really caught my eye as backlit it really added another depth to the small leaf. The backlighting really showed off a translucent quality to the leaf showing its flame red veins and patternation. I am fascinated by the repeated fractal patterns found in nature and thought this Begonia leaf displayed a perfect fractal.
The leaf was backlit just after dawn for no more than 10 minutes and the light and pattern changed considerably in that time. I used a 100mm Canon macro lens for the shot. The result is a straight shot of the fractal leaf backlit in dawn light.
Commended in the Monochrome category; Winter Reflection.
I had gone to photograph the extensive collection of snowdrops at the Rococo Garden, Painswick, on an early winter morning when there had been the first flurry of winter snow of 2012. The morning was very still and calm creating a perfect reflection in the lake. The low level light filtering through the orchard and catching the Exedra and Red House added to the atmosphere.
The image was converted to black and white as the Rococo garden has a timeless quality which I wanted to capture.
In Lightroom 3 the image was converted to black and white. Then the image was split toned with warmth in the highlights and coolness in the shadows to give it the feel of an old Kentmere paper image. Kentona paper was one of my favourite old photographic papers in the days when I wet processed black and white images as it had a lovely warm tone to it.
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