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Photographing pre-sunrise & post sunset

It always amazes me when on travel and landscape photography shoots how people react to photographing a sunrise or sunset. At popular locations near these times the place can be really busy with excitable people. The main event happens and as soon as the last slither of the sun sets or first slither of the sun rising, the place becomes quiet and deserted as most people will have left rather quickly.

The after show is where the party is at for me. Once the sun has set, wait and watch the skies and the bounced around atmospheric light play on the landscape. A stillness seems to reappear that hasn`t been felt since dawn. This twilight can last for a while so patience is needed, a good tripod as exposures will be long and it is important to move your camera to manual focus.

Germany, Fussen, Alps reflected in Lake Forggensee, dawn

The shot above was taken about half an hour after sunset in Germany with the Alps in the background at pretty much my default  ISO of 100, when using my tripod.  Aperture in this case was f11 with exposure @4 seconds and lens 35mm. I also used a 0.3 ND grad filter to bring the sky and lake together exposure wise. (In this case a 0.3 as sky and foreground were pretty well matched as the sun had set half an hour earlier)

There is also a pre-show event the time between night and sunrise. This one usually has far less attendees and has its own light and colours in the sky and play on the landscape and is generally much stiller and quieter.

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Myanmar (Burma): Bagan – sunrise  ISO 100  f20 @ 16sec  ND 0.6 (2 stop) graduated filter

Both need the same equipment and patience to photograph but they are equally a joy to photograph (though on cold mornings the pre-sunrise shoot can be tough to get up for!) The main pleasure at these times of day for me is in the sky lottery, what colours are going to be produced? how long will it last? is it going to completely cloud over? When the conditions all come together a joy fills the heart and you know instinctively that you have the shot and walk away with a spring in your step.

You will need a torch, to get you to your location pre sunrise or away post sunset, it also helps you with your camera dials in low level light conditions. A tripod and shutter release cable are needed and I always use mirror lock on my camera as exposures can be long and you don’t want camera shake. I use the cameras spirit level which helps me get those horizons straight. If you do use autofocus, move it to manual, as autofocus struggles to work in the darker conditions, I always shoot in RAW mode too.

Depending on where you are photographing on the planet determines the length of the after or pre show party. In the tropics you generally only get a maximum of half an hour pre sunrise or after sunset. The point from basically photographing in the dark as the shot below to sunrise daylight happens in about 15 minutes, so you have to be ready and quick to react to the fast changing light.

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Cambodia: Angkor Wat sunrise. ISO 100 – f8 @ 30sec

I’m often asked whether I prefer sunrises or sunsets, I much prefer sunrises as the lazy photographers are not out of bed and it is always stiller, calmer, more peaceful and accompanied by the sound of birds waking up and filling the air with song. Which do you prefer?

Go out and enjoy these spectacular times of day, you will usually have them to yourself, they still the mind and fill the soul with joy.


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How to photograph snow

Arctic circle, North polar region, Europe, Scandinavia, Norway, Svalbard, Spitsbergen,  Longyearbyen, woman photographing beware of polar bears sign in Adventdalen valley

When it snows it is a great time to go out with your camera and capture its pure white freshness, but how many times do your photos appear dull and grey and lacking that freshness and purity? When photographing snow scenes or ones that have lots of white in, be attentive to your meter readings, it’s very easy to underexpose a predominately white scene.Watering can in snowSnow is much brighter than the 18% medium grey that your camera is averaged to expose for. Your camera is trying to capture the bright white scene as 18% grey which results in underexposed photos, making them look dull and grey like the one above.

So how do you make the image look bright and fresh whilst keeping detail?Watering can in snowIf your camera has an exposure compensation dial then you should dial in about 2 stops overexposure as a starting point. Exposure compensation is used to move the camera away from the cameras suggested exposure to brighter or darker ones. Look at the histogram and make sure the image preview isn`t blinking (indicating overexposed highlights). It takes a bit of practice but after a while you will be able to expose the shot perfectly. It is a good idea when practicing this technique to bracket the shot.

This scene below was a tough one to get right as the bud is against snow and the ice crystals on the bud I wanted to show with all their intricate detail.

Blackcurrant "Ben Nevis" branch with buds covered in snow and ice crystals, winter

As a starting point I added 2 stops overexposure in the exposure compensation dial, which gave a decent image with no highlights (snow & ice) overexposed. As the camera was on a tripod I then bracketed around this exposure for a perfectly exposed image which retained all the detail in the ice crystals.

On a photo shoot for Manfrotto in Svalbard this technique was essential as the whole place was covered in snow and ice at the time of year I was there. At -30C it was important to act quickly and know the way around the camera, as I had 3 pairs of gloves on, a thick outer extreme weather glove, then inside a woolen glove and a silk glove, this was a technique that Alan Hinkes told me about when I met him and asked his advice. I thought he should know, as he is the only British mountaineer to have climbed all 14 mountains with elevations greater than 8,000 metres and he also photographs his ascents. Basically you keep the 2 outer gloves on for as long as possible and for the shot remove the 2 outer gloves on the one hand leaving the silk glove when you are ready to take the photo.

For the shot below I dialled in 1 & 2/3rd stops overexposure in exposure compensation. This kept detail in the snow and also held detail in the blowing snow on the ground. The camera was mounted on a Manfrotto heavy duty 055 tripod as the strong wind blowing, nearly knocking me off my feet!

Arctic circle, North polar region, Europe, Scandinavia, Norway, Svalbard, Spitsbergen, Longyearbyen,  view towards Hiorthfjellet mountain and Adventtoppen mountain across Adventdalen valley

Again for the dog sledders below, overexposure was needed to keep the shot looking fresh, with full detail in the dogs and dog sledders.

Arctic circle, North polar region, Europe, Scandinavia, Norway, Svalbard, Spitsbergen, Longyearbyen, husky dog sled, dusk

Nowadays many people use their smartphones for blogging and for social media. In your phones camera settings there should be an exposure value / EV setting. Try shooting a snow scene without adjusting this and then shoot the same scene with it set to 1.5+ see those whites whiter, try moving it to 2+ brighter to see if this makes a difference, but be aware of over exposing the scene.

Arctic circle, North polar region, Europe, Scandinavia, Norway, Svalbard, Spitsbergen, view from Longyearbyen towards Hiorthfjellet mountain across Adventfjorden fjord, Advent Bay, woman taking photo across the bay

With this easy technique your snow will look snow white and not a dull flat grey. Have fun in the snow and keep warm!

This technique also works well with any scene that is predominantly white, such as with white flowers or buildings.

Dahlia

When you have finished photographing snow don`t forget to set exposure compensation back to 0



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Flower photography workshops

Great to see my flower photography workshops were featured in the Sunday Times.

Bluebell woods flower photography workshopsin Gloucestershire UK England garlic woods Stroud hosted by Stephen Studd photography

 

This spring I have some bluebell woods

Bluebells flower photography workshop and courses in the UK England, Forest of Dean Gloucestershire digital photography holidays tours workshops holidays vacations

 

and wild garlic woods

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photography workshops in the Forest  of Dean  and Stroud, Gloucestershire. Full details can be found on my website: www.stephenstuddphotography.com

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RHS/BBC, People’s Choice: Chelsea Flower Show 2014 – a garden photographers view.

The winners of the RHS, BBC People’s Choice award at the Chelsea flower show 2014 have just been announced, here is a small selection of my garden photographers overview of the gardens.

Show Gardens: People’s Choice

‘Hope on the Horizon’ designed by Matt Keightley, built by Farr & Roberts, sponsored by the David Brownlow Charitable Foundation for Help for Heroes, awarded Silver Gilt.

Chelsea RHS Flower Show 2014 - Hope on the Horizon Garden - Designer Matt Keightley -   Sponsors - David Brownlow Charitable Foundation for Help for Heroes

‘Hope on the Horizon’ garden, designer Matt Keightley, built by Farr & Roberts, sponsors, David Brownlow for Help for Heroes

Chelsea RHS Flower Show 2014 - Hope on the Horizon Garden - Designer Matt Keightley -   Sponsors - David Brownlow Charitable Foundation for Help for Heroes

‘Hope on the Horizon’ garden, designer Matt Keightley, built by Farr & Roberts, sponsors, David Brownlow for Help for Heroes

Chelsea RHS Flower Show 2014 - Hope on the Horizon Garden - Designer Matt Keightley -   Sponsors - David Brownlow Charitable Foundation for Help for Heroes

‘Hope on the Horizon’ garden, designer Matt Keightley, built by Farr & Roberts, sponsors, David Brownlow for Help for Heroes

Chelsea RHS Flower Show 2014 - Hope on the Horizon Garden - Designer Matt Keightley -   Sponsors - David Brownlow Charitable Foundation for Help for Heroes

‘Hope on the Horizon’ garden, designer Matt Keightley, built by Farr & Roberts, sponsors, David Brownlow for Help for Heroes

 

Chelsea RHS Flower Show 2014 - Hope on the Horizon Garden - Designer Matt Keightley -   Sponsors - David Brownlow Charitable Foundation for Help for Heroes

‘Hope on the Horizon’ garden, designer Matt Keightley, built by Farr & Roberts, sponsors, David Brownlow for Help for Heroes

Chelsea RHS Flower Show 2014 - Hope on the Horizon Garden - Designer Matt Keightley -   Sponsors - David Brownlow Charitable Foundation for Help for Heroes

‘Hope on the Horizon’ garden, designer Matt Keightley, built by Farr & Roberts, sponsors, David Brownlow for Help for Heroes

Chelsea RHS Flower Show 2014 - Hope on the Horizon Garden - Designer Matt Keightley -   Sponsors - David Brownlow Charitable Foundation for Help for Heroes

‘Hope on the Horizon’ garden, designer Matt Keightley, built by Farr & Roberts, sponsors, David Brownlow for Help for Heroes

Chelsea RHS Flower Show 2014 - Hope on the Horizon Garden - Designer Matt Keightley -   Sponsors - David Brownlow Charitable Foundation for Help for Heroes

‘Hope on the Horizon’ garden, designer Matt Keightley, built by Farr & Roberts, sponsors, David Brownlow for Help for Heroes

 

Fresh Gardens section: People’s Choice

‘The Mind’s Eye’ garden for the RNIB, designers: LDC Design, sponsors Countryside awarded Gold Medal & Best in Show.

RHS Chelsea flower show 2014 - The Mind's Eye garden for the RNIB - Royal National Institute for the Blind - designers LDC Design - sponsors - Countryside - awarded best in show in the Fresh Gardens & Gold medal

‘The Mind’s Eye’ garden for the RNIB ,designers: LDC Design

RHS Chelsea flower show 2014 - The Mind's Eye garden for the RNIB - Royal National Institute for the Blind - designers LDC Design - sponsors - Countryside - awarded best in show in the Fresh Gardens & Gold medal

‘The Mind’s Eye’ garden for the RNIB ,designers: LDC Design

RHS Chelsea flower show 2014 - The Mind's Eye garden for the RNIB - Royal National Institute for the Blind - designers LDC Design - sponsors - Countryside - awarded best in show in the Fresh Gardens & Gold medal

‘The Mind’s Eye’ garden for the RNIB ,designers: LDC Design

RHS Chelsea flower show 2014 - The Mind's Eye garden for the RNIB - Royal National Institute for the Blind - designers LDC Design - sponsors - Countryside - awarded best in show in the Fresh Gardens & Gold medal

‘The Mind’s Eye’ garden for the RNIB ,designers: LDC Design

RHS Chelsea flower show 2014 - The Mind's Eye garden for the RNIB - Royal National Institute for the Blind - designers LDC Design - sponsors - Countryside - awarded best in show in the Fresh Gardens & Gold medal

‘The Mind’s Eye’ garden for the RNIB ,designers: LDC Design

RHS Chelsea flower show 2014 - The Mind's Eye garden for the RNIB - Royal National Institute for the Blind - designers LDC Design - sponsors - Countryside - awarded best in show in the Fresh Gardens & Gold medal

‘The Mind’s Eye’ garden for the RNIB ,designers: LDC Design

RHS Chelsea flower show 2014 - The Mind's Eye garden for the RNIB - Royal National Institute for the Blind - designers LDC Design - sponsors - Countryside - awarded best in show in the Fresh Gardens & Gold medal

‘The Mind’s Eye’ garden for the RNIB ,designers: LDC Design

RHS Chelsea flower show 2014 - The Mind's Eye garden for the RNIB - Royal National Institute for the Blind - designers LDC Design - sponsors - Countryside - awarded best in show in the Fresh Gardens & Gold medal

‘The Mind’s Eye’ garden for the RNIB ,designers: LDC Design

RHS Chelsea flower show 2014 - The Mind's Eye garden for the RNIB - Royal National Institute for the Blind - designers LDC Design - sponsors - Countryside - awarded best in show in the Fresh Gardens & Gold medal

‘The Mind’s Eye’ garden for the RNIB ,designers: LDC Design

RHS Chelsea flower show 2014 - The Mind's Eye garden for the RNIB - Royal National Institute for the Blind - designers LDC Design - sponsors - Countryside - awarded best in show in the Fresh Gardens & Gold medal

‘The Mind’s Eye’ garden for the RNIB ,designers: LDC Design

RHS Chelsea flower show 2014 - The Mind's Eye garden for the RNIB - Royal National Institute for the Blind - designers LDC Design - sponsors - Countryside - awarded best in show in the Fresh Gardens & Gold medal

‘The Mind’s Eye’ garden for the RNIB, designers: LDC Design

RHS Chelsea flower show 2014 - The Mind's Eye garden for the RNIB - Royal National Institute for the Blind - designers LDC Design - sponsors - Countryside - awarded best in show in the Fresh Gardens & Gold medal

‘The Mind’s Eye’ garden for the RNIB, designers: LDC Design

Artisans Section: People’s Choice

Le Tour de Yorkshire garden, designer Alistair W Baldwin, built by Aire Valley Landscaping, sponsor Welcome to Yorkshire.

Peoples Choice winner in the Artisans section: RHS Chelsea flower show 2014 - Tour de Yorkshire Garden - Designer Alistair W Baldwin

Tour de Yorkshire garden, designer Alistair W Baldwin

Peoples Choice winner in the Artisans section: RHS Chelsea flower show 2014 - Tour de Yorkshire Garden - Designer Alistair W Baldwin

Tour de Yorkshire garden, designer Alistair W Baldwin

 

Peoples Choice winner in the Artisans section: RHS Chelsea flower show 2014 - Tour de Yorkshire Garden - Designer Alistair W Baldwin

Tour de Yorkshire garden, designer Alistair W Baldwin

Peoples Choice winner in the Artisans section: RHS Chelsea

Tour de Yorkshire garden – designer Alistair W Baldwin

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RHS Chelsea Flower Show Gardens 2014 – A Garden Photographers View

I usually post a blog after an RHS show, but have never posted one of Chelsea. After being contacted via Twitter and email with requests, here is my photographers view of the 2014 show gardens.

There is no real order of preference with the gardens, they were photographed over 5 days. My photography is about quality over quantity and making the gardens look like they are not in a show, I haven’t included all the gardens This blog is about the ones that caught my eye as a garden photographer.

Professional garden photographers can apply for 5.30am access, a real bonus as the gardens look at their best, with the best light after sunrise. It is a very busy time for photographers as the images have to be out as quickly as possible, everyone has deadlines and commissions to fulfil so getting a blog out has to take a back seat, though nowadays Twitter works for instant views.

As it is the 50th Anniversary of the RHS Britain in Bloom, I will start with the garden designed by Alan Titchmarsh and Kate Gould. My own town of Stroud benefits from a great splash of colour in the summer as it puts on displays for Britain in Bloom, as do many other places in Britain. It really brightens up the town and is probably something that is taken for granted, without the floral displays the place would look duller.

RHS Chelsea flower show 2014 - RHS Britain in Bloom 50th Anniversary Garden - From the Moors to the Sea - designed by Alan Titchmarsh and Kate Gould garden design

RHS Britain in Bloom 50th Anniversary Garden – From the Moors to the Sea – designed by Alan Titchmarsh and Kate Gould garden design

I liked the story behind the garden and it packed in lots of different microclimates ‘from the moors to the sea’.

RHS Chelsea flower show 2014 - RHS Britain in Bloom 50th Anniversary Garden - From the Moors to the Sea - designed by Alan Titchmarsh and Kate Gould garden design

RHS Britain in Bloom 50th Anniversary Garden – From the Moors to the Sea – designed by Alan Titchmarsh and Kate Gould garden design

The seaside element took me back to when I used to live next to the sea in an old wooden seaside house in Mumbles, Wales. From there it was easy access to go up to the Brecon Beacons, to one of my favourite places Pen Y Fan.

Two rising stars in the garden design world are Harry & David Rich who are from Trefeitha in the Brecon Beacons, their gardens are influenced by their natural surroundings. I first saw their work when I had a commission to photograph the RHS show in Cardiff, where they gained a gold medal. It was my favourite garden there. This year after their Artisan gold medal at Chelsea last year they were on main avenue with “The Night Sky Garden”.

Vital Earth - The Night Sky Garden - Designers: David & Harry Rich - Sponsors: Bord Na Mona UK

Vital Earth – The Night Sky Garden – Designers: David & Harry Rich – Sponsors: Bord Na Mona UK

I do love their use of natural materials and being a photographer who really enjoys photographing stone, I was pleased to see Welsh stone incorporated into their garden. The stone really added that natural feel to the garden and was one of my favourite elements in all the gardens.

Vital Earth - The Night Sky Garden - Designers: David & Harry Rich - Sponsors: Bord Na Mona UK

The Night Sky Garden – Designers: David & Harry Rich

It took me a few days to find out whether the garden feature in Luciano Giubbilier’s Best in Show, gold medal garden was wood or stone, I will leave you guessing, it was an element I thought added impact to the garden and also being a landscape and travel photographer added a great landscape into the garden with different light affecting it’s look throughout the day.

RHS Chelsea flower show 2014 The Laurent Perrier Garden - Designer: Luciano Giubbilier - Sponsor: Champagne Laurent- Perrier

The Laurent Perrier Garden – Designer: Luciano Giubbilier – Sponsor: Champagne Laurent- Perrier

This garden was the first I photographed during my 5 days at the show, the light in the morning was very captivating.

 Laurent Perrier Garden - Designer: Luciano Giubbilier - Sponsor: Champagne Laurent- Perrier

Laurent Perrier Garden – Designer: Luciano Giubbilier

 

RHS Chelsea flower show 2014 - The Laurent Perrier Garden - Designer: Luciano Giubbilier - Sponsor

Laurent Perrier Garden – Designer: Luciano Giubbilier

The garden had stone seats which looked very elegant, but a bit uncomfortable.

RHS Chelsea flower show 2014 - The Laurent Perrier Garden - Designer: Luciano Giubbilier - Sponsor: Champagne Laurent- Perrier

Seating in the the Laurent Perrier Garden – Designer: Luciano Giubbilier

One place I really wanted to sit was on the oak tree bench in the Adam Frost garden.

RHS Chelsea flower show 2014 The Homebase Garden - Time to Reflect - in association with the Alzheimer's Society -Designer Adam Frost -Sponsor Homebase

The Homebase Garden – Time to Reflect – in association with the Alzheimer’s Society – Designer Adam Frost

Adam’s garden was also a more naturalistic garden that had lots of great elements. I liked the outdoor living area covered with a turf roof and the limestone boulders in the garden.

RHS Chelsea flower show 2014 The Homebase Garden - Time to Reflect - in association with the Alzheimer's Society -Designer Adam Frost -Sponsor Homebase

Designer Adam Frost

Another seat I liked the look of for its design, was in the garden designed by Hugo Bugg for the Royal Bank of Canada, but I wouldn’t want it in my own garden.

Royal Bank of Canada - Waterscape Garden - Designer Hugo Bugg - Sponsor RBC

Royal Bank of Canada – Waterscape Garden – Designer Hugo Bugg – Sponsor RBC

 

Royal Bank of Canada - Waterscape Garden - Designer Hugo Bugg - Sponsor RBC

concrete seat

The Rich brothers seating again was wooden set between a dry stone wall.

RHS Chelsea flower show 2014 - Vital Earth - The Night Sky Garden - Designers: David & Harry Rich - Sponsors: Bord Na Mona UK

Seating in the Night Sky Garden – Designers: David & Harry Rich

The seating in The Telegraph garden was very contemporary and was part of the stylish garden design.

The Telegraph Garden - Designers Tommaso Del Buono & Paul Gazerwitz

The Telegraph Garden – Designers Tommaso Del Buono & Paul Gazerwitz

The Telegraph Garden - Designers Tommaso Del Buono & Paul Gazerwitz

I was quite taken by the garden, I liked the lime trees creating shade in the patio area and perhaps it was because the garden had a large lawn area it appeared open and light.

Chelsea RHS Flower Show 2014- The Telegraph Garden - Designers Tommaso Del Buono & Paul Gazerwitz - Sponsors The Telegraph

My own lawn looks nothing like this one as it has dandelions, daisies, yarrow and many other weeds/medicinal herbs in it and is left to be overgrown in the most part, but at least you could see the Telegraph garden being used by a family, with a space for the children to play.

My first walk round the show gardens I wasn’t very taken by the Cleve West garden as I was looking with a photographers eye and the light wasn’t very good when I saw it. However, at sunrise the garden really clicked into place and the divine light made it truly mesmerising. It was a garden that I kept going back to, it had a peaceful and calming feel to it and I did fall in love with it. This first photo was taken low to the ground at plant level.

Chelsea RHS flower show 2014 - The M&G Garden - designer Cleve West - sponsors M&G Investments

The M&G Garden – designer Cleve West

 

The M&G Garden - designer Cleve West - sponsors M&G Investments

The M&G Garden – designer Cleve West

The M&G Garden - designer Cleve West - sponsors M&G Investments

The M&G Garden – designer Cleve West –

Chelsea RHS flower show 2014 - The M&G Garden - designer Cleve West - sponsors M&G Investments

The M&G Garden – designer Cleve West

Chelsea RHS flower show 2014 - The M&G Garden - designer Cleve West - sponsors M&G Investments

The M&G Garden – designer Cleve West

Another garden that was designed for photographers because of the light was the Hope on the Horizon Garden designed by Matthew Keightley making his debut at Chelsea.

Chelsea RHS Flower Show 2014 - Hope on the Horizon Garden - Designer Matt Keightley -   Sponsors - David Brownlow Charitable Foundation for Help for Heroes

Hope on the Horizon Garden – Designer Matt Keightley – Sponsors – David Brownlow Charitable Foundation for Help for Heroes

It was a garden that always had the photographers there as it had so many elements to photograph.

Chelsea RHS Flower Show 2014 - Hope on the Horizon Garden - Designer Matt Keightley -   Sponsors - David Brownlow Charitable Foundation for Help for Heroes

Hope on the Horizon Garden – Designer Matt Keightley

 

Hope on the Horizon Garden - Designer Matt Keightley -

Hope on the Horizon Garden – Designer Matt Keightley –

The Fresh gardens area of the show I always head for, though this year I didn’t get to photograph until the Tuesday as I had other commitments. I loved the Mind’s Eye garden, which was another photographers favourite and it won Best in Show for the Fresh gardens.

The Mind's Eye garden for the RNIB - Royal National Institute for the Blind - designers LDC Design - sponsors - Countryside - awarded best in show in the Fresh Gardens & Gold medal

The Mind’s Eye garden for the RNIB – Royal National Institute for the Blind – designers LDC Design – sponsors – Countryside – awarded best in show in the Fresh Gardens & Gold medal

I could have spent a long time photographing the garden as it had so many great angles and fantastic planting.

The Mind's Eye garden for the RNIB - Royal National Institute for the Blind - designers LDC Design - sponsors - Countryside - awarded best in show in the Fresh Gardens & Gold medal

The Mind’s Eye garden, designers LDC Design

 

RHS Chelsea flower show 2014 - The Mind's Eye garden for the RNIB - Royal National Institute for the Blind - designers LDC Design - sponsors - Countryside - awarded best in show in the Fresh Gardens & Gold medal

The Mind’s Eye garden, designers LDC Design

RHS Chelsea flower show 2014 - The Mind's Eye garden for the RNIB - Royal National Institute for the Blind - designers LDC Design - sponsors - Countryside - awarded best in show in the Fresh Gardens & Gold medal

The Mind’s Eye garden, designers LDC Design

RHS Chelsea flower show 2014 - The Mind's Eye garden for the RNIB - Royal National Institute for the Blind - designers LDC Design - sponsors - Countryside - awarded best in show in the Fresh Gardens & Gold medal

The Mind’s Eye garden, designers LDC Design

Although stone and wood were the predominant materials used in the gardens, metal materials were used in a few of them.

RHS Chelsea flower show 2014 - The Brewin Dolphin Garden Designer: Matthew Childs Sponsor: Brewin Dolphin

Copper used in the Brewin Dolphin Garden Designer: Matthew Childs

 

RHS Chelsea flower show 2014 Royal Bank of Canada - Waterscape Garden - Designer Hugo Bugg - Sponsor RBC

Waterscape Garden – Designer Hugo Bugg

RHS Chelsea flower show 2014 Royal Bank of Canada - Waterscape Garden - Designer Hugo Bugg - Sponsor RBC

Waterscape Garden – Designer Hugo Bugg

The artisans gardens are a treat as they pack lots of great ideas into a small space. The winner of the best Artisan garden went to ‘Togenkyo – A Paradise on Earth’. I didn’t photograph it as I thought it was a bit too much same as before. I did like the Potter’s garden and thought this one deserved the best in show in the Artisans garden.

RHS Chelsea flower show 2014 - The Dial A Flight - Potter's Garden - Designer Nature Redesigned - Sponsor DialAFlight

The Dial A Flight – Potter’s Garden – Designer Nature Redesigned

The Topiary garden was also very popular.

RHS Chelsea flower show 2014 - The Topiarist’s Garden - designer Marylyn Abbott - sponsors Zenith44

RHS Chelsea flower show 2014 – The Topiarist’s Garden – designer Marylyn Abbott – sponsors Zenith44

As I was born in Leeds I was keen to see the Tour de Yorkshire garden. The bicycle wheels incorporated into the Yorkshire stone wall was a clever idea but I wasn’t very keen on the large pool.

RHS Chelsea flower show 2014 - Tour de Yorkshire Garden - Designer Alistair W Baldwin

Tour de Yorkshire Garden – Designer Alistair W Baldwin

The Khora dome made it’s debut at Chelsea and picked up the prestigious president’s award. It looked stunning with the sun rising behind it and the planting was lovely.

RHS Chelsea flower show 2014 - Khora Ltd Trade Stand -  Wins the RHS Director General’s Award for the Best Trade Stand and A Five Star Award for the Best Trade Stand

Khora Ltd Trade Stand – won the RHS Director General’s Award for the Best Trade Stand and a Five Star Award

The Iris germanica ‘Deep Black  and ‘Quechee’ stopped me in my tracks on the Cloudy Bay garden.

RHS Chelsea flower show 2014 Cloudy Bay Sensory Garden - Designer Andrew Wilson & Gavin McWilliam - Sponsor: Cloudy Bay

RHS Chelsea flower show 2014 Cloudy Bay Sensory Garden – Designer Andrew Wilson & Gavin McWilliam

The alliums amongst the grasses were a very photogenic landscape.

RHS Chelsea flower show 2014 Cloudy Bay Sensory Garden - Designer Andrew Wilson & Gavin McWilliam - Sponsor: Cloudy Bay

Sensory Garden – Designer Andrew Wilson & Gavin McWilliam

No Man’s Land garden had a great dialogue behind it and again was a great garden landscape to photograph.

Chelsea RHS flower show 2014 - Garden - No Man's Land - ABF The Soldiers Charity to mark the centenary of World War One - Designer Charlotte Rowe

Garden – No Man’s Land – ABF The Soldiers Charity to mark the centenary of World War One – Designer Charlotte Rowe

The light on the stone catching the moss juxtaposed with the delicate Astrantia had ruggedness and delicacy in the Rich brothers garden.

RHS Chelsea flower show 2014 - Vital Earth - The Night Sky Garden - Designers: David & Harry Rich - Sponsors: Bord Na Mona UK

Welsh boulder covered in moss with Astrantia in the garden designed by David &ampHarry Rich

Finally on this particular morning I was at Cleve West’s garden as the sun rose with Derek St Romaine and Clive Boursnell, I turned to them both and said “This is why we get up at 4am”, to which they both agreed.

The M&G Garden - designer Cleve West - sponsors M&G Investments

The M&G Garden – designer Cleve West

I look forward to next years show and posting a blog on what caught my eye as a professional garden photographer.


For photography commissions my website is:

www.stephenstuddphotography.com


I also run small group travel photography holidays and flower photography workshops www.digitalphotographyholidays.com

I am represented by GAP Photos for my garden photography: http://www.gapphotos.com/imageresults.asp?photogref=139


 

Social Media:

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/StephenStuddPhotography

https://www.facebook.com/DigitalPhotographyHolidays

Twitter

www.twitter.com/StephensPhotos

www.twitter.com/PhotographyHols

Google +

https://plus.google.com/+Stephenstuddphotography

https://plus.google.com/+Digitalphotographyholidays


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Happy Festive Season

Wishing everyone a very happy festive season and an amazing new year.

Garlic chive seedhead winter

2013 has been an extremely busy year of photography for me and it was also great to pick up a few awards along the way for my travel and garden photography.

Hard to believe today is winter solstice for us in the northern hemisphere and summer solstice for those in the southern hemisphere as the year seems to have flown by.

I would like to thank everyone for visiting my blog and to all those that I have had the pleasure of working with this past year, also to everyone who came on one of my photography holidays, workshops or 1:1  sessions in 2013.

My Digital Photography Holidays business is progressing as I wished and I am rolling out new photography city breaks and UK workshops in 2014.

Have a fantastic new year and “may the light be with you”.

Stay in touch in 2014 via my blog and also:

www.stephenstuddphotography.com

www.twitter.com/StephensPhotos

Photography Holidays:

www.digitalphotographyholidays.com

www.facebook.com/DigitalPhotographyHolidays


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Photo Tip Friday; Monitor calibration

After accidentally breaking my monitor calibrator what better time to stress the importance of having a monitor calibrated.

Have you ever been into a tv or computer showroom and seen a vast aray of screens and noticed they all look different? The reason is they haven`t been calibrated. If you work on a screen that isn`t calibrated then your images will look totally different on someones screen that is calibrated. Also when printing your photographs they will come out looking different to your screen.

Calibrating your monitor sets it to a standard so that an image on my calibrated screen will look the same as on other calibrated screens. This is vitally important in your digital workflow. It is very important when testing your monitor that it is turned on for about half an hour to let it warm up.

With my Eizo monitor an annoying but useful reminder pop up warns when so many hours have passed since the last calibration.

Now I have an updated calibrator after breaking the old one and after completing the test there was only a very miniscule change since the last one.