It has been a while since I submitted an entry to Gardening Gone Wild's Picture This photo contest. You get busy and wander off. Then a good deal of time can pass before you wander back. I wandered back at the right time for the photo contest and am in the mood to procrastinate from other more pressing things.
The theme for this month, Fill the Frame, is a study in composition. It made for a good mind exercise while I was digging out unwanted forsythia and philadelphus in the ridge top garden and gave me a photo task in my comings and goings during the day.
I took all kinds of pictures with Fill the Frame in mind. Then I had to pick just one for the contest from the already narrowed down contenders. Not easy. These were all the possibilities.
This picture while nice was too easy.
The Sheffie Mum
Was the purpose of the task to fill the frame completely with a single theme or is the composition of different objects in a unifying theme more important?
Pictures of the Lush never seem to win. This one makes me want to climb over the fence and see what else is out there.
Out Riding Fences - Desperado
Waiting and Turning
Going To the Chapel
Still Life In The Zinnias
This was a very strong contender.
Captured By Fall
Our judge this month Saxon Holt says "Lesson #1 in all my workshops is to analyze what you are seeing and make the camera say what you want it to say. Fill the frame with your message. Don’t waste space in the photo with information that does not tell your story."
The light was just perfect yesterday and this Birch tree glowed inside the darker forest. I couldn't walk by without it calling out to me. I wanted to capture that glow.
So I zoomed in, eliminating all distractions and filled the frame with glowing birch.
This is my entry for October's Picture This photo contest exactly how it came out of the camera, no cropping and no enhancing.
Now I must attend to more pressing matters. I have rhododendrons and daffodils to plant and more things to paint.