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Garden Porn? Oops! I guess I have hundreds of books and magazines purchased for the pictures alone. Sure I tell people it is for the articles but now the truth is out. I even spend hours surfing the net downloading favorite images of particularly enticing gardens and flowers to enjoy in the privacy of my own home. Gee, I wonder if there is a self-help group for people like me?

Thanks for the tip about their book on grasses. The cover is beautiful.

I've been following Saxon's posts with interest since he joined Gardening Gone Wild. After confessing to my qualms about using Photoshop to "improve" garden photos (http://www.penick.net/digging/?p=298), I found out everyone's doing it. Now, thanks to Saxon, I'm finding out what the pros are doing to get their inspiring photos.

Keep the inspiration coming. It's what keeps us going during the off months. But don't let us forget the truth about how those professional images are created.

Amy,
Glad that you discovered Saxon Holt and thanks for alerting us to his blog contributions.
I don't think you would be surprised if Saxon came to your garden during the death of winter and still would be able to craft an alluring and sensational garden photograph. -- The guy just "has it".
I've been fortunate in the past to have worked with Saxon on a project or two and when ever he sets up for a shoot it is always a pure treat to watch this professional artisan in action.
It's interesting in this day of digital photography to observe that some of the best garden photographers such as Saxon, Marion Brenner and Lee Anne White still use good old fashion film to shoot with (at least most of the time) .

Thank you so much, Amy, for the heads up on Saxon Holt's blog! I own that grass book and have drooled over his garden photos for years. They simply glow with a magical quality of light. As an aspiring garden photog, I can't wait to dive in to his blog entries to see if he talks about both the art and craft involved in making his exceptional images.

Do people really stick cut flowers into their borders for photo shoots to make them look like there's more in bloom?

Yes .....

You probably want some explaination. Check out a future edition of "The Camera Always Lies".

In response to another question, I no longer shoot film and will take up the challenges of digital post production at some future rant. I will say, I did not switch because I wanted to use PhotoShop to "improve" images. Garbage in garbage out, and it is way too time consuming to rescue a poor image. That is what the delete button is for.

I suppose this is not the place for this Amy, but I want to be the first to rant about fire resistant plantings. Having just left San Diego (and smoked out of two days of shooting) I KNOW the publications are gearing up to do stories about fire resistant landscaping. I see the photo requests coming in, as they did after the Oakland firestorm 10 years ago. Please, please don't let people think there is such a thing as fire resistant plantings. There are genuine things people can do, like removing all their brushy landscaping and this must be told, but I will have no part of photo requests that will suggest certain plantings will slow a wildfire.

onward

Amy-

Just got back into town and was told by my fellow blogger, Nan, about your blog in response to Saxon's. Thanks for keeping the conversation going. I think it's important for us bloggers to continue to let these more intriguing and multi-layered subjects cook a bit and then return to them to conjecture and discuss further whenever we feel like it. Fran

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