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Myanmar (Burma) travel photography video

Digital photography holidays holiday vacations tour tours workshop workshops to Myanmar Burma Cambodia Angkor Wat Venice marrakech Morocco hosted by Stephen Studd 2014 2015

Rough Guides published a short video about my travel photography in Burma, with a few photography tips in there too. I’m really pleased with the final video they put together, enjoy the journey:

There are also some photography tips on their website, which can be found by following this link: http://www.roughguides.com/article/why-myanmar-burma-is-a-travel-photographers-gold/

My newsletter subscribers are always the first to hear of any new destinations and receive reward codes for selected holidays and workshops throughout the year, you can subscribe here: http://www.digitalphotographyholidays.com/466457/newsletter/ (I never send more than 12 newsletters per year.)

My travel photography holidays to Cambodia and Burma have also been launched on the Responsible Travel holidays website.


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 Getty Images and Robert Harding for my travel photography.

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RHS Young Designer of the Year 2014 – show gardens at Tatton Park

This years theme for the RHS young designers was ‘Avant Gardening’ where the contenders were encouraged to have a daring touch of invention showing new techniques with experimentation. The three contenders that were chosen to design their first show garden at Tatton Park were, Sam Ovens, Clare Broadbent and Alex Schofield under the mentorship of Paul Hervey-Brookes an international multi award winning garden designer.

The winning garden was ‘The Sky’s the Limit’ designed by Sam Ovens who said of his garden “I wanted to show that sometimes the simplest things are the best things,” his garden also picked up a Gold medal.

RHS Young Garden Designer of the Year award winner Sam Ovens - The Sky's the Limit garden at Tatton Park Cheshire RHS flower show 2014

2014 RHS Young Garden Designer of the Year award winner Sam Ovens – The Sky’s the Limit garden at Tatton Park flower show

This was the first garden myself and a colleague started photographing after having a look around the show gardens on the build up on Monday. It had an air of relaxation and calmness and the backlit Stipa Gigantea were very eye catching in the evening light at 7pm. The area the young designers are given at Tatton is perfectly placed for sunrise and evening light, a photographers dream.

RHS Young Garden Designer of the Year award winner Sam Ovens - The Sky's the Limit garden at Tatton Park Cheshire RHS flower show 2014

RHS Young Garden Designer of the Year award winner Sam Ovens – The Sky’s the Limit garden at Tatton Park RHS flower show 2014

Returning the next day at 5.30am I headed straight back to Sam’s garden as I wanted to see the garden with rusted fencing bathed in the early morning glow of warm sunrise light.

RHS Young Garden Designer of the Year award winner Sam Ovens - The Sky's the Limit garden at Tatton Park Cheshire RHS flower show 2014

Sam Ovens – The Sky’s the Limit garden bathed in sunrise light.

His garden had small concrete stepping stones leading to the decking and the seating area.

RHS Young Garden Designer of the Year award winner Sam Ovens - The Sky's the Limit garden at Tatton Park Cheshire RHS flower show 2014

Concrete stepping stones in Sam Ovens garden at Tatton Park.

The rest of the garden was densely planted with many varieties of grasses and ferns, with plants such as Cirsium rivulare ‘Atropurpureum’, Verbena bonariensis and Agastache ‘Blackadder’ scattered amongst them.

RHS Young Garden Designer of the Year award winner Sam Ovens - The Sky's the Limit garden at Tatton Park Cheshire RHS flower show 2014

Dense planting in Sam Ovens garden.

Sam has a very bright future ahead of him after winning the coveted award of young designer of the year 2014.

 

Another Gold Medal garden and finalist was WorkOUT designed by Clare Broadbent (Horticon Design), which had an outdoor gym theme.

Tatton Park 2014 Cheshire RHS flower show WorkOUT garden designed by Clare Broadbent one of the Young Designer of the Year Awards - Gold medal

WorkOUT garden designed by Clare Broadbent- Gold medal winner

This wasn’t a garden that I warmed to, maybe because I joined a gym once and didn’t really like the machines, I find gardening in my organic garden and allotment, carrying around heavy photographic gear workout enough. The design had lots of strong ideas such as the rowing machine that had Archimedes’ screws which aerates the pond whilst also creating a workout and the exercise bike turned a water wheel in the pond. I liked the pommel horse bench idea.

Archimedes’ screws that offer workout opportunities and also aerates the pond

Archimedes’ screws that offer workout opportunities and also aerates the pond

One of the gardens that lots of the photographers immersed themselves in was Prehistoric Modernism by Alex Schofield which was awarded a Silver Gilt. The garden was designed for sun worshippers and had coloured Perspex panels in burnt frames to highlight the concept of heat.

Tatton Park 2014 Cheshire RHS flower show Prehistoric Modernism garden designed by Alex Schofield one of the Young Designer of the Year Awards - Silver Gilt

Tatton Park 2014 Cheshire RHS flower show Prehistoric Modernism garden designed by Alex Schofield one of the Young Designer of the Year Awards – Silver Gilt

The panels created their own micro climates and optical lighting effects around the garden. I liked the Echinacea ‘White Spider’ that were scattered around the garden, especially the ones placed by the coloured panels.

Tatton Park 2014 Cheshire RHS flower show Prehistoric Modernism garden designed by Alex Schofield one of the Young Designer of the Year Awards - Silver Gilt

Tatton Park 2014 Cheshire RHS flower show Prehistoric Modernism garden designed by Alex Schofield one of the Young Designer of the Year Awards – Silver Gilt

As a garden photographer it was tough to get an overall shot of the garden without it having a show garden setting as the design was open plan with no walls as a backdrop to hide any of the tents or fencing.

Tatton Park 2014 Cheshire RHS flower show Prehistoric Modernism garden designed by Alex Schofield one of the Young Designer of the Year Awards - Silver Gilt

Alex’s garden with two tiered lounge decking seating area and Feuerring fire.

Despite this Alex’s garden had lots of very strong visual angles to look at and photograph, I will be following his career.

Tatton Park 2014 Cheshire RHS flower show Prehistoric Modernism garden designed by Alex Schofield one of the Young Designer of the Year Awards - Silver Gilt

Prehistoric Modernism garden designed by Alex Schofield

Tatton Park is a showcase for the young designers and I wish them all the best in their garden design careers, with a special congratulations to the overall winner Sam Ovens. I look forward to following all their careers in the future and I look forward to next years competition.


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

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Hampton Court Flower Show 2014: Garden Photographers View of the Show Gardens

 

Hampton Court Flower show 2014 RHS London

Setting off from home at 3.30am to get to Hampton Court for my 5.30am access with a good weather forecast made the journey easy, I was at Hampton for a 2 day photoshoot. When I arrived, the sun had risen and most importantly it was very still, with no wind.

Making my way to the gardens, the first one to stand out was ” A Space to Connect and Grow“, designed by Jeni Cairns, which was the ultimate recycled materials garden and packed full of edible and medicinal plants and pollinating flowers.

Hampton Court Flower Show 2014, Stephen Studd photography- Garden - Space to Connect and Grow - view of garden - Designer - Jeni Cairns in collaboration with Sophie Antonelli - Sponsor - Metal - Earls Scaffolding & British Sugar

Hampton Court Flower Show 2014, Garden, Space to Connect and Grow – Designer – Jeni Cairns in collaboration with Sophie Antonelli, awarded Gold medal & Best Summer garden

On my own organic allotment and in my garden I like to use recycled materials and here there were so many design ideas as the whole garden was made from recycled, reused and upcycled materials. The funky water feature fed water from the roof of the outbuilding, which had a living roof and used old combine harvester parts, now that is what I call upcycling.

Hampton Court Flower Show 2014, Garden, Space to Connect and Grow - Designer - Jeni Cairns in collaboration with Sophie Antonelli, awarded Gold medal & Best Summer garden

How many uses are there for an old oil drum, plenty it seems in this garden.

Hampton Court Flower Show 2014, Garden, Space to Connect and Grow - Designer - Jeni Cairns in collaboration with Sophie Antonelli, awarded Gold medal & Best Summer garden

Seating from old oil containers.

 

Stephen Studd - Garden - Space to Connect and Grow - view of garden - Designer - Jeni Cairns in collaboration with Sophie Antonelli  - Sponsor - Metal - Earls Scaffolding & British Sugar

Planters for vertical growing herbs, fruit and veg.

 

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Bee and insect hotels and decorative wall made from old oil drums.

Another garden that made full use of recycled materials with a low environmental impact was the garden designed by Alexandra Froggatt ” A Garden of Solitude” in the Your Garden Your Budget category. The garden had a very relaxed and soft feel to it and was made with a budget of £15,ooo. The seating was made from reclaimed oak, and the garden used reclaimed concrete and gravel boards and a recycled glass wall with lighting behind it for use in the evening.

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A Garden of Solitude – Designer: Alexandra Froggatt, Silver Gilt awarded & Best Your Garden Your Budget garden.

The garden was full of nectar rich plants and the design was based on the shape, colour and translucency of crystals, with a water feature and waterfall incorporated into the design. There was also a living wall planted with Carex “Frosted Curls”. For me this was certainly the most relaxing of the gardens and was proof that recycled can also be very stylish.

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A Garden of Solitude – Designer – Alexandra Froggatt – Sponsor – The RHS

A garden that was all about community was The Flintknapper’s Garden – A Story of Thetford designed by Luke Heydon, it had some great design ideas, I liked the mulch made from old pine cones.

Stephen Studd - Garden - The Flintknapper's Garden - A Story of Thetford - view of garden - Designer - Luke Heydon - Sponsor - Thetford businesses & residents

mulch from pine cones

 

The Jordans Wildlife garden had very naturalistic planting, lots of edibles, medicinals and plants for insects, bees and birds. I really liked the thatched straw seating in the middle of the garden and the insect hotels and bird boxes on the edges of the garden.

RHS Hampton Court flower show, Stephen Studd photography  - Garden - Jordans Wildlife Garden - view of garden - Designer - Selina Botham - Sponsor - Jordans Cereals

Jordans Wildlife Garden Selina Botham awarded Silver Medal

Hedgehog Street designed by Tracy Foster showed how three neighbouring gardens whose owners all love hedgehogs, had incorporated hedgehog routes through their neighbouring boundaries. In the photo below you can see the hedgehog tunnel at the base of the wall, showing that contemporary garden design can also be wildlife friendly.

RHS Hampton Court flower show 2014 Stephen Studd photography -

Hedgehog Street – Designer – Tracy Foster

It was another favourite of mine as the wilder garden of the neighbours reminded me of my own wildlife friendly permaculture garden.

RHS Hampton Court flower show 2014 Stephen Studd photography -

The Conceptual gardens based on the 7 deadly sins, had some very thought provoking gardens and ones that I really enjoyed photographing.

I first came across a garden designed by Sheena Seeks when I was photographing at Tatton Park a few years ago. When I saw the garden below it popped into my head that it was one of her designs, which it was. “Sloth – Quarry of Silences” won Best in the Conceptual Gardens category and a Gold medal.

RHS Hampton Court Flower Show 2014 Stephen Studd photography - Garden - Sloth - Quarry of Silences - view of garden - Designer - Sheena Seeks

Sloth – Quarry of Silences – Designer – Sheena Seeks

 

The Wrath – “Eruption of Unhealed Anger” garden  designed by Nilufer Danis was full of drama and atmosphere and gained a Gold medal and was a photographers dream with the backlit volcanic smoke and Kniphofia (red hot poker plants)

RHS Hampton Court flower show 2014 Stephen Studd photography -

Wrath – Eruption of Unhealed Anger – view of garden – Designer – Nilufer Danis

“Lust” designed by  Rachel Parker Soden really attracted the crowds and press. The interior of the greenhouse was steamy, hot and planted with lots of provocative Anthurium, Orchids and Brugmansia as well as the Gloriosa plant which is used by many cultures in traditional medicine and has many uses, including the treatment of sexually transmitted diseases, impotence and infertility. (Note: ingestion of the Gloriosa plant is extremely poisonous and can cause fatalities in humans and animals).

RHS Hampton Court Flower Show 2014 Stephen Studd photographyGarden - Lust - view of garden - Designer - Rachel Parker Soden - Sponsor - The RHS

Lust by Rachel Parker Soden

“Pride” by Amanda Miller

RHS Hampton Court flower show 2014 Stephen Studd photography - Garden - Pride - The Stonewall Garden Breaking Down the Walls of Pride - view of garden - Designer - Amanda Miller - Sponsor - The RHS

Pride – The Stonewall Garden, Breaking Down the Walls of Pride – Designer – Amanda Miller

“Envy, The Grass is always Greener” garden designed by Marcus Green had a real presence to it.

Envy - The Grass Is Always Greener -  Designer - Marcus Green

Envy – The Grass Is Always Greener – Designer – Marcus Green

Having spent some time in Australia on travel photography commissions I was keen to see the Essence of Australia garden designed by Jim Fogarty, which had an Australian outdoor living feel.

RHS Hampton Court flower show 2014 Stephen Studd photography - Garden - Essence of Australia - view of garden - Designer - Jim Fogarty for Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne - Sponsor - Tourism Victoria - Tourism Northern Territory - Qantas - Trailfinders

Essence of Australia – Designer – Jim Fogarty for Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne, Best in Show gardens & Gold medal.

The garden took its inspiration from the Rainbow Serpent which is an important Dreaming figure  in Aboriginal culture.  The Rainbow Serpent deck winds its way through the garden and through diverse natural attractions and landscapes of Australia, and an amazing array of Australian plants including Brachyscome Blue and Eremophila glabra in the photograph below.

RHS HAmpton Court flower show 2014 - Stephen Studd photography - Garden - Essence of Australia - view of garden - Designer - Jim Fogarty for Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne - Sponsor - Tourism Victoria - Tourism Northern Territory - Qantas - Trailfinders

Essence of Australia – Designer – Jim Fogarty for Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne

For grand outdoor living there was the garden designed by Paul Martin, which had a gravity defying dining table.

Stephen Studd - Garden - Vestra Wealth's Vista - view of garden - Designer - Paul Martin Designs - Sponsor - Vestra Wealth

Vestra Wealth’s Vista – – Designer – Paul Martin

Another outdoor living space was Al Fresco designed by Peter Reader with a beautifully built green oak frame pergola.

RHS Hampton court flower show Stephen Studd photography - Garden - Al Fresco - view of garden - Designer -  Peter Reader - Sponsor - Living Landscapes

Al Fresco – – Designer – Peter Reader

Finally it was great to see lots of insect and bee hotels in the gardens, here is one in the log wall of the Green is the Colour garden designed by Elinor Scarth & Etienne Haller.

Stephen Studd - Garden - Green is the Colour - view of log wall and insect bug houses hotel - Designer - Elinor Scarth & Etienne Haller - Sponsor - The RHS

Green is the Colour – Designer – Elinor Scarth & Etienne Haller

And this one in the Jordans Cereals garden.

Stephen Studd - Garden - Jordans Wildlife Garden - view of garden - Designer - Selina Botham - Sponsor - Jordans Cereals

Insect and bee hotel complete with bird box.

It was good to see lots of gardens at Hampton Court that had sustainability at the core of their designs with lots of nectar rich plants and planting for wildlife, with both edible and medicinal plants in the gardens, insect/bee houses and gardens made with recycled/upcycled materials. I look forward to heading back next year. Next stop is Tatton Park show, keep an eye out for my blog, or you can also subscribe too. Have a great summer of gardening.


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

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RHS Photographic Competition 2011 Winners Announced

The winners of the  RHS Photographic Competition 2011 have been announced today. Congratulations to Stephen Webb for receiving the award of RHS Photographer of the Year 2011.

Lady Godiva Pumpkin showing naked seeds

Lady Godiva Pumpkin

 I received 1st Place in the Grow Your Own category for a shot of Organic Lady Godiva Pumpkins I grew on my allotment.  These were then shot on my kitchen table with Elinchrom Studio flash lights and was my first shot using tethered capture straight to Lightroom 3 on my computer. I wanted that gentle side light that was used by the Dutch Old Master painters.

This particular pumpkin was grown for its hulless or naked seeds, hence the name “Lady Godiva”. The actual flesh was really quite bland, but ok in winter stews, however the yield of seeds was excellent.

This was shot at my allotment and I liked the way the seedlings really stood out bursting with energy against the dark green coat. Thanks to my wife for helping out.
Woman holding organic Little Gem lettuce seedling ready for transplanting

Woman holding organic Little Gem lettuce seedling ready for transplanting

 

 In the Gardens Through the Seasons category 3rd place for “Blue Shed on Allotment in Winter.”

Last winter we had really heavy snow which is a photographers dream. I trudged through heavy snow, slipping and sliding (I live on a very steep hill and my allotment is up another steep hill) to go to the allotments which are on Old Bisley Road. Stroud. They are always a good source of gardening, plants and flower photographs. Alison who is my allotment neighbour has this fantastic blue shed with matching blue water butt.

The scene all fitted together with the blue tint in the sky matching the blue shed, the bamboo canes mirroring the leafless trees. In the background the rustic seat, wheelbarrow leaning  against the shed and Daves polytunnel straining under the weight of snow making it a great capture of my allotment in winter.

On November 3rd I shall be appearing on the Alan Titchmarsh show with other contestants, where the Blue Shed also makes its debut.

Blue shed on allotment covered in snow, wintertime

Blue shed on allotment covered in snow, wintertime

This was shot at dawn in the Sonoran Desert, Arizona at the Saguaro National Park.
I spent around 5 days in this wonderful part of the world and was totally captivated by the cacti there. It takes up to 75 years for these cacti to send out one arm!
On this particular morning the big Arizona sky produced the beautiful colourful clouds and warm glow to the ground. To pull the sky and ground together I used a Lee Filters graduated .6ND filter.
USA, Arizona, Tucson, Saguaro National Park, Saguaro cacti

USA, Arizona, Tucson, Saguaro National Park, Saguaro cacti

 
 
 

 One Day Garden & Flower Photography workshops

In 2012 I am leading One Day Garden & Flower Photography workshops at the stunning and magical Painswick Rococo Garden in Gloucestershire. These are being held on a Saturday on the following dates; March 24th , May 19th , July 14th  and September 22nd. There is a maximum of 5 people on each day giving a great student to tutor ratio.

Please visit my website www.stephenstuddphotography.com for further details or to pay a deposit.


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One Day Garden and Flower Photography Workshop at Painswick Rococo Garden, Gloucestershire, 2012

I am pleased to announce the dates for my one day Garden & Flower Photography workshops at the Rococo Garden, Painswick, Gloucestershire. The garden dates back to the 18th Century and is a hidden Cotswold gem and a magical garden at any time of the year.

Iris Siberica, Painswick Rococo Gardens

Iris Siberica, Painswick Rococo Gardens

The one day workshops will be held on the following dates in 2012 from 10.00am until 4.30pm.

Saturday March 24th

Saturday May 19th

Saturday July 14th

Saturday September 22nd

Prices;

£120                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

RHS Members £105

Price includes tea/coffee homemade biscuits on arrival. Two course lunch with tea/coffee and afternoon tea and cakes.

Maximum group size is 5.

Please visit my website for further details and booking;

http://www.stephenstuddphotography.com/

Link to Painswick Rococo Garden; http://www.rococogarden.co.uk/


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Guest on the Alan Titchmarsh Show

Blue shed on allotment covered in snow, wintertime

Blue shed on allotment covered in snow, wintertime

Friday was a really busy day being called by the RHS to ask whether I would be available to go on the Alan Titchmarsh show to talk about one of my photographs.

I had entered some images into the RHS Photographer of the Year 2011 and forgotten about it until the call on Friday. The RHS press office called to ask whether I would be free on Monday to go on the show.

Later researchers from the show called and made arrangements to get me to the studios in time. I shall be talking with some other photographers about photographs that were entered into the competition. First tv appearance for me so really looking forward to the day and also to meet Alan Titchmarsh as I know he is as passionate about gardening as myself.

My Grandfather when he was alive was a head gardener and would have been really pleased with my work. I can always remember as a child visiting his allotment and in the summertime eating fresh peas from the pod. The beautiful smell of cracking open a pea pod straight from the plant is one of those great aromas of summer. Also remember eating raspberries straight from the canes, still my favourite fruit.

There must be some gardening gene that runs through the family as my father has the greenest fingers of anyone I know. His skill and patience in getting difficult things to germinate is remarkable. I have been lucky as I have always been surrounded by plants.


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One day Garden and Flower Photography Workshops

Dahlia Weston Stardust

Dahlia Weston Stardust

 

NEW FOR 2012

 One day Garden and Flower Photography Workshops

2011 has been an exciting and busy year for me workwise and winning awards. Due to interest in my work and requests I am introducing a programme of gardens and flowers digital photography workshops for 2012.

These will be for small groups at inspirational gardens near to Stroud, Gloucestershire, held on a Saturday throughout the year. Please visit my website for dates and further information.

www.stephenstuddphotography.com

The workshops will lead you to feel and be inspired by the beautiful gardens we photograph in. I am a firm believer in the creative process of photography and learning in a fun and relaxed way.

Whenever out on a shoot I feel what I am drawn to and start from that point. Most of my photography is tripod based so it is important to bring along a tripod.

Below is a selection of my award winning photographs.

Blue shed on allotment covered in snow, wintertime

Blue shed on allotment covered in snow, wintertime

 

USA, Arizona, Tucson, Saguaro National Park, Saguaro cacti (Cereus giganteus)

USA, Arizona, Tucson, Saguaro National Park, Saguaro cacti (Cereus giganteus)

Palm trees reflected in pool, Marjorelle garden, Morocco, sunrise

Palm trees reflected in pool, Marjorelle garden, Morocco, sunriseTulip Professor Roentgen

Homage to Edward Weston

Homage to Edward Weston

 

Allium ursinum Wild Garlic Ramsons in woodland, Sroud, Gloucestershire dawn

Allium ursinum Wild Garlic Ramsons in woodland, Sroud, Gloucestershire dawn