2019 – I will be exhibiting my work alongside Teresa Barlow at Boldventure Cottage, Yealmpton. Devon. PL8 2LX
I arrived at the Chelsea Flower Show on what must have been the hottest day in May with the sun blazing down. Not the best time to take garden photographs! However, I thought the Garden Designers did a terrific job my favorite being The Jo Whiley Scent Garden. Entering The Great Pavilion with all the various flora displays on show was breathtaking. There was just so much to see but I am sure I missed a few gardens and displays as there were thousands of people around.
For many years I watched the Show on the TV and always wanted to go there to soak up the atmosphere for myself. I was not disappointed but Oh Boy it was so HOT!
After joining my local Camera Club in 2008 I was persuaded by friends to take my photography further by getting together a panel of photos and applying for the Licentiate with The Royal Photographic Society. With the Licentiate you have to show technical ability and put together a panel of 10 photographs which hang together well. I was pleased to have received a pass in July 2009 after sitting through a nail biting time waiting for the judge’s decision.
I had tried my hand with many genres of photography but after using a macro lens there was no looking back. I’d found that garden and floral photography was the area I enjoyed most and so decided to specialise in that area. I was fascinated, and still am, looking at the minute details that can be seen through the macro lens. It took a lot of patience to learn the new skills to get the correct settings and depth of field etc. but because I enjoyed the subject, I persevered.
I decided to go for the Associate level award with the RPS in 2012 and I wanted my panel to be on flower macro photography. Again it took some time putting together the 15 photos required. The standard the judges were looking for was much higher. I went along with some photos to an RPS Advisory Day and learned I was two thirds of the way to achieving the standards required. I found this day really encouraging and I was determined to find the other third that I needed.
Having decided on the panel I was going to submit I was advised to change one of the photographs, so at the last minute and one week before the big day I had to find another photograph and it had to be a poppy as I wanted it to blend in with the poppy on the other side of my panel. All this was nerve racking hoping I had made the right decision changing the photo. I was really grateful for all the help and encouragement from Linda Wevill FRPS and Sue Brown FRPS at that time.
I sat in the room at Bath with my husband and kept my eye on where the door was to make my great escape if the decision by the judges did not go my way. I was over the moon when the chairman stood up and said I had passed.
I have since then gone on to having my work shown in exhibitions and my work published in International Garden Photographer of the Year.
The famous Keukenhof bulb fields and gardens are a flora photographers and garden lovers dream come true. I expected to only see fields of tulips! At this time of year the tulip fields were not all in bloom. Nevertheless, the beautiful gardens were a delight and provided a wonderful opportunity to capture various landscapes.
The gardens where wonderfully designed with truly millions of tulips providing a glorious rainbow of colour. Various garden displays provided a spectacular array of flowers including old favourites such as Hyacinths and Daffodils.
More then 7 million tulips, daffodils and Hyacinths fill over 32 hectares with their fantastic colours.
The gardens were vast and we were unable to see everything in the time allowed before returning to our coach. I will hopefully go back one day but I will be flying next time. The coach journey took approx 15 hours!!
As I love macro photography I was in my element with such a vast display of subjects to photograph and I could have stayed there for a week but we needed to return to the coach.