Dianna Jazwinski: Blog https://diannajazwinski.co.uk/blog en-us (C)Dianna Jazwinski (Dianna Jazwinski) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 06:44:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 06:44:00 GMT https://diannajazwinski.co.uk/img/s/v-12/u952112759-o958753792-50.jpg Dianna Jazwinski: Blog https://diannajazwinski.co.uk/blog 80 120 iPhone Photography: Before and After https://diannajazwinski.co.uk/blog/2015/3/iphone-photography-before-and-after  

I love the freedom of the iPhone camera. Showing my age somewhat but it reminds a little of the old Polaroids. Something in their character I think.

The images from an iPhone are of excellent quality but it is the apps that make it something of an art form. Such is the method behind them that every one is unique and individual and quite likely unrepeatable.

There are many apps with many styles with the option even to move each image into different apps layering up the character that makes your final image.

This one above, I am pleased to say was Commended in IGPOTY but the original, below, is comparatively bland. 

 

I like to think of 'iPhonography' as a completely different genre of creative photography- one that was impossible with film without a lot of time and chemistry. As a camera to work seriously with in my job as a professional? Nowhere near but can add another dimension to client work if applied in the right way.

Here are a few more...

                                            

 

                                                

 

To find the best apps, just Google and you will find many variations of the Top 10. I am a Snapseed fan myself.

Check out the iPhone creative page on this site to see more images.

 

 

 

 

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(Dianna Jazwinski) Dianna Dianna Jazwinski Jazwinski blog creative iPhone photography https://diannajazwinski.co.uk/blog/2015/3/iphone-photography-before-and-after Tue, 31 Mar 2015 15:56:04 GMT
Longstock Park Water Gardens in Spring https://diannajazwinski.co.uk/blog/2015/3/longstock-park-water-gardens-in-spring

                                                                            Spring at Longstock Park Water Gardens

 

I have had the pleasure of many visits to this extraordinary garden over the last 3 years after having been initially 'introduced' as part of a commission for  Which? Gardening.  I then went on to complete 2 more features, this one being the latest, in the current issue of Country Living.

Situated near Stockbridge on the Leckford Estate, in Hampshire, Longstock Park Water Gardens has such a natural feel that one could be forgiven for thinking it has always been there.  It is not obvious from the road and once inside, and round a small corner, a hidden gem.

 In these photographs I wanted to capture the lush, fresh green of  late spring with the pops of intense colour from the myriad Irises and Primula- a startling yet subtle palette before the cacophony of summer colour.  Green in the form off every imaginable Hosta, structure in the form of the verticals of the Irises, rushes and grasses to soften the relative roundness of the pond shapes, all augmented by the their reflections.  Rob Ballard, the Head Gardener, likens it to having a giant mirror so the colours and details 'double up'. I wanted light, water and reflections- it's all there… double!

The garden is is meticulously maintained  with a natural slug programme that keeps the Hostas to near perfection.

 What is not so easy to see from the photographs are all the little interconnecting bridges to little Islands each with its own planting scheme and character and a wonderful variation on the theme of little rooms!  Little islands! Who'd have thought?!

Here are a few more shots..

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An image from July with Astilbes, Carex and Ligularia is available to see in the Gardens section of this site.

www.longstockpark.co.uk

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(Dianna Jazwinski) Hostas LongstockPark garden gardens photography spring water https://diannajazwinski.co.uk/blog/2015/3/longstock-park-water-gardens-in-spring Tue, 10 Mar 2015 13:48:36 GMT
A Personal Project https://diannajazwinski.co.uk/blog/2015/2/a-personal-project  

 

Emerging foliage of Lindera umbellata var. membranacea

It is a great pleasure to see my images of unfurling foliage published in the March issue of Country Living. Considering it was a personal project with no expectation of publication- even better! One that was 'me' rather than for commercial aims.Late winter and early spring can be a stark time in the photographic calender and is a time for rest and making space for the creative time to come.  A personal project is a way of getting out when it is easier to stay in and to create when the inclination is less.

The colours and patterns of new emerging foliage, particularly Acers, have always been a source of interest and curiosity to me. Acers can be  as colourful as they are in Autumn but  rarely mentioned in the Horti press. Country Living did indeed publish the ‘Spring Acers’ I took several years ago. I like that they can be up for the more quirky...

Spring foliage of Acer pseudoplatanus 'Brilliantissimum'

Personal projects I believe are good for photographers as a way of stepping back and staying in touch with why you do this in the first place. Many of us do this for the love of it and try and make a living if it. Happily, I do not work with anything that doesn't inspire me but we do have to work in a way that is commercially appealing much of the time. Therefore winter being quiet can be the best time for personal projects and experimentation. It is also essential to be authentic with photography and work with your own style and remain individual - it's what sets us apart, after all.

Lindera umbellata var. membranacea  was probably the inspiration for this- so different. The compelling thing was that all emerging foliage is so different from how it looks in maturity. I pondered at what this was like when mature. Would it be equally as lovely? I couldn’t find it when I went back months later so maybe it was just ‘green’…

 I love to see Hostas emerging like little scrolls and the fancy frilliness of Paeonia foliage. Not as blousy and full on as the flowers are from spring but a little world silently waking up with a little show of their own.

And yes, Country Living did take this quirky little project. Roll on next winter.

Hosta shoots

 

 

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(Dianna Jazwinski) emerging foliage spring https://diannajazwinski.co.uk/blog/2015/2/a-personal-project Fri, 06 Feb 2015 12:55:48 GMT
I have learned to love Winter https://diannajazwinski.co.uk/blog/2015/1/i-have-learned-to-love-winter  

It has taken awhile but I have finally got there. It has been a long journey, especially after the floods and storms of last winter. It is hard to see past those dank grey days and the long dark evenings where the day ends at 4pm.

For me now, the colours of pink and blue on the dawn horizon always heralds what is going to be a promising sunrise. Even if the clouds come, it is a wonderful quality of light and I just gaze.  I never  ‘just  gaze’ in the warmer months . There is never time!  Except in winter.  On a nice day the light will be low and milky and although there is less in the garden to photograph there are alternative elements to explore.

Sandbanks beach

I like to think of frost as Nature’s Christmas  decorations. Being out in a garden at sunrise is such a spiritual experience with no other company except birdsong and a camera and is particularly special with the dusting of frost.  Last week’s shoot  was in  -6 degrees and I never noticed. With a big thick jumper and boots aside, I was too busy to notice.

Seedhead of Burdock with frost

Strangely now, on those dank grey days I really notice the bare trees. They have a monochromatic quality and their myriad shapes can be appreciated better without their usual leafy covering. I can see them now as natural sculptures peppering the landscape. They seem so artistically placed but are fascinatingly unintentional. Of course this also means that these grey days are great for a little monochrome work- something of a luxury for me these days.

Sand dunes in Mono

There is also the chance to really stop and look at things that inspire for next year’s ideas. With a slightly emptier head (for want of a better turn of phrase..) and being camera-less sometimes  I have time to really  ‘see’ the bigger picture. I never stop ‘seeing’ our amazing natural world but in winter I really sit and take notice.

Last winter I knitted an Aran jumper as a project for the long dark evenings.  Definitely the must- have for shooting  the blue -pink dawn  in the sub-zero weather…

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(Dianna Jazwinski) Dianna Jazwinski Winter colours dawn monochrome photography winter https://diannajazwinski.co.uk/blog/2015/1/i-have-learned-to-love-winter Mon, 05 Jan 2015 11:59:51 GMT
'Free day off kinda work day...' https://diannajazwinski.co.uk/blog/2014/12/free-day-off-kinda-work-day Cornus sericea in autumn This image was taken in an 'off 'day. Not in a negative or in an immodest way but in the sense of not having a project I am thinking about but free to be spontaneous and to catch what I see in the moment. This is how photography began for me. Now it is a career I may have to be focused on a feature I am working on and that itself is amazing in its own way but there is something special in having that occasional 'free day off kinda work day.' Entitled 'Autumn Glow' this won the PGPA Image of the Month for November 2014 so ranks now as particularly special. 

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(Dianna Jazwinski) Autumn Dianna Jazwinski Glow blog https://diannajazwinski.co.uk/blog/2014/12/free-day-off-kinda-work-day Tue, 09 Dec 2014 16:38:13 GMT
New Things https://diannajazwinski.co.uk/blog/2014/8/new-things

For this feature I had the opportunity to re-visit Black and White photography which was nerve- wracking for 2 reasons. One, I hadn’t done much B+W work since specialising in plants and gardens over 12 years ago, and certainly none on a professional basis. Secondly, I had never really done much portraiture and certainly not in the creative way required for this feature.

Now, B+W is where my photography started and I certainly had years of practice in the hobbyist sense. Being aware of the previous B+W work in Country Living and knowing their style was my starting point in thinking I could do this. However, I also needed to be able to stamp it with my own style.  Armed always with a few ideas beforehand, the wonderful thing about creativity is that, presented with the subject, environment and the light at the time, it just happens.

We started very early as the day was forecast to be bright and sunny, so not much time. Peter was an excellent and patient model and given the quickly changing light, had to frequently wait while I sorted my exposure issues out.

By the end I was exhausted. The light had run faster than I could but figured the worst case scenario would be a re-shoot. Thankfully, all were fine and even better when converted to mono.

As scary as it was, venturing into new photographic territories has fired up my enthusiasm for trying different things and I am currently looking at other areas to develop. Being kicked out of the comfort zone was both terrifying and amazing. More please!

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(Dianna Jazwinski) Buddleja Dianna Dianna Jazwinski Jazwinski blog https://diannajazwinski.co.uk/blog/2014/8/new-things Wed, 06 Aug 2014 13:26:56 GMT
Photo Creativity https://diannajazwinski.co.uk/blog/2014/6/photo-creativity

Photo creative

I feel a certain photo creativity growing after playing with various iPhone apps, where it is possible  to add textures and colours. I like the way the vintage feel of damaged film can be replicated and colours faded or brightened. It reminds greatly of the old Polaroids and I love the square format which I cannot produce with my work cameras. Every photo comes out differently and I can never remember what I did with each but doesn’t it then become a little piece of individual ‘art’?

To walk along the beach with just my iPhone, unencumbered by the usual heavy gear and tripod I use for work is a real liberation. In work mode I am very disciplined  and the possibilities of freehand work with a fixed focal length is so different for me but I do not  feel constrained by it. It feels refreshing. 

The images that ensue in a few spare moments with an app are beginning to lead to other ideas which may eventually find their way into my normal work.

So, work and play combined.....Wonderful!

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(Dianna Jazwinski) Dianna Dianna Jazwinski Jazwinski blog creativity iphone https://diannajazwinski.co.uk/blog/2014/6/photo-creativity Sat, 28 Jun 2014 15:34:43 GMT
A Beautiful Combination https://diannajazwinski.co.uk/blog/2014/5/a-beautiful-combination Dianna Jazwinski
The Telegraph Garden showing the combination of Anchusa azurea 'Loddon Royalist' with Euphorbia ssp.
Designer: Tommaso de Buono and Paul Gazerwitz of del Bouono Gazeritz Landscape Architects

This caught my eye right away at Chelsea Flower Show this year.  Anchusa azurea  ‘Lodden Royalist’ with a lovely, fine- flowered  lime -green Euphorbia and fluffy Fennel. What a stunning combination. There are often fairly amazing but unrealistic combinations at Chelsea sometimes but this looks to be workable in a ‘normal garden'. Genius!

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(Dianna Jazwinski) Anchusa Chelsea Dianna Flower Jazwinski Show https://diannajazwinski.co.uk/blog/2014/5/a-beautiful-combination Fri, 30 May 2014 14:30:20 GMT
Chelsea and The Power of Plants https://diannajazwinski.co.uk/blog/2014/5/chelsea-and-the-power-of-plants Aqulegia and Anthriscus sylvestris

 

Cow Parsley and Aquilegias always remind me of Chelsea Flower Show but fashions change and a new combination will no doubt emerge. Alliums are another Chelsea favourite.

Press Day is a great day for photographers to see and photograph pristine plants, all polished and tidy for the judging. With the celebrities milling about you might think this is really a jolly day out but it is  exhausting. I used to be there for 5am but and would have to be finished by 3pm for the Queen’s visit. Leaving home at 3am followed by a mad rush round trying to different shots from the other photographers and dodging the TV crews who will happily move you on just as I set up ‘the shot’. Sounds all very  glamorous but it’s not. I am usually dead on my feet and saying ‘never again….

Until it all comes around again.   I am now there at a more leisurely 7am and more relaxed. Attracted by those pristine plants, sumptuous gardens and meeting up with friends and colleagues, I am sufficiently powered up and ready to hit it again..

That is the Power of Plants.

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(Dianna Jazwinski) Anthriscus Aquilegias Chelsea Cow Parsley Dianna Dianna Jazwinski Flower Jazwinski Show blog https://diannajazwinski.co.uk/blog/2014/5/chelsea-and-the-power-of-plants Thu, 08 May 2014 15:33:08 GMT
A New Perspective https://diannajazwinski.co.uk/blog/2014/4/a-new-perspective  

Tamarisk

 

On my usual beach walk I came upon the Tamarisk Tree which has always been there but I never really noticed it. The winter storms had changed the contours of the sand dunes and so changed the perspective of this tree.

I took this photo on my iPhone and it was a nice picture in its own right but of course now I feel the need to play about with it, so here is a bit of  Black and White with a touch of split toning. No chemicals for the older amongst you to remember and no long hours in front of a PC. Nice...

 

 

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(Dianna Jazwinski) Beach Dianna Jazwinski Tamarisk dunes sand https://diannajazwinski.co.uk/blog/2014/4/a-new-perspective Sun, 27 Apr 2014 14:52:16 GMT
Emerging Spring Foliage https://diannajazwinski.co.uk/blog/2014/4/emerging-spring-foliage Emerging foliage of Carpinus It is said, when you become a photographer, that you notice the little things around you that would otherwise be passed by. I am particularly entranced by how leaves unfurl in Spring, their crinkley, hairy nature and how fascinatingly different the colours can be.

I am always drawn to this one, Carpinus betulus, and photograph it every year. At this time of year I notice ALL the unfurling leaves and could quite easily wear my camera out trying to capture it all. Luckily, I run out of time or have other projects to do and so, some I have to pass by. Never, this one, though.

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(Dianna Jazwinski) Dianna Jazwinski Jazwinski betulus caprinus https://diannajazwinski.co.uk/blog/2014/4/emerging-spring-foliage Thu, 10 Apr 2014 12:25:53 GMT
Breaking the Rules https://diannajazwinski.co.uk/blog/2014/3/breaking-the-rules Helleborus I normally do not like taking dark pictures and I always use a tripod possibly due to perceived commercial restraints and the simple fact the resulting images were never sharp.

While setting up another shot the lovely light on this Hellebore caught my eye. Knowing it would have gone by the time I played about with my tripod, I grabbed it 'freehand'. It was sharp AND I liked the darkness.

There is a wonderful creative purity about taking pictures handheld instinctively, without thinking too much about it, and it something I like to do with my iPhone. The image stabilisation on this lens is good and the technical bits all happened to make it work so now it will be re-instated back into the creative 'toolbox'.

 

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(Dianna Jazwinski) Dianna Hellebore Jazwinski https://diannajazwinski.co.uk/blog/2014/3/breaking-the-rules Sat, 22 Mar 2014 14:01:34 GMT
Blossom's Up https://diannajazwinski.co.uk/blog/2014/3/blossoms-up The English Garden April 2014The English Garden April 2014Blossom

Blossom on the trees by the roadside is probably the most convincing sign for me that spring is here. Sure, Snowdrops and Narcissi are spring flowers also but their appearance in late winter can certainly provide a hint of spring but our weather can still surely turn it backwards.

Most of the images in this feature  in the April edition of The English Garden were taken in April 2010 which, after a cold, quite raw start, really turned out to be a bumper year for Blossom. The creative potential for photographing them is huge and the sight of me constantly circling around the same tree for hours was possibly quite puzzling for some to observe. Little did they know what I was seeing through my lens… until now.

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(Dianna Jazwinski) Blossom Dianna English Garden Jazwinski The blog https://diannajazwinski.co.uk/blog/2014/3/blossoms-up Mon, 10 Mar 2014 08:58:59 GMT
Unravelling https://diannajazwinski.co.uk/blog/2014/3/unravelling Of all the amazing sights of spring to me is the unfurling of new flowers and leaves which often have their own colourful, sculptural stamp. A favourit Emerging Euphorbia' Efanthia'- cropped version e is Euphorbia and, to me, can be more intriguing than the flowers themselves. This one is ‘Efanthia’ and one I haven’t seen before but love it already. The flowers are lime green, I believe. It’s in the diary….

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(Dianna Jazwinski) Euphorbia spring unfurling unravelling https://diannajazwinski.co.uk/blog/2014/3/unravelling Sun, 02 Mar 2014 13:59:39 GMT
One Subject, One Lens https://diannajazwinski.co.uk/blog/2014/2/one-subject-one-lens With a dearth of photographic subject matter lately, other than water, I took the time to create an experimental opportunity which can either Silver Birch-Betula pendula  serve up some new ideas or help me find a new(ish) technique that will add to my photographic repertoire.

One subject, One lens is usually a good one and this beautiful stand of Silver Birch near to where I live was very appealing in the lovely winter light we had yesterday. I need no excuse for Silver Birch- I love them.

This picture is one of a set that can be seen on a separate gallery and was taken with a 150mm macro lens.

 

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(Dianna Jazwinski) 150mm lens Dianna Jazwinski Silver Birch photos professional plant photography https://diannajazwinski.co.uk/blog/2014/2/one-subject-one-lens Mon, 17 Feb 2014 12:38:25 GMT
A Closer look https://diannajazwinski.co.uk/blog/2014/1/a-closer-look Festuca 'Elijah Blue' In garden photography there are many opportunities to look at the smaller details that might otherwise be passed by, through the medium of a macro lens. Plant details are endlessly fascinating but none more so than those of the flowers of grasses. Not flowers in the usual sense and so easily dismissed but this close-up image of a flower of Festuca ‘Elijah Blue’ might, I hope, inspire a closer look.

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(Dianna Jazwinski) Festuca close-up flower grass photograph https://diannajazwinski.co.uk/blog/2014/1/a-closer-look Mon, 27 Jan 2014 12:53:18 GMT
Looking back to April https://diannajazwinski.co.uk/blog/2014/1/looking-back-to-april Tulipa humilis Faced with another murky, soggy day outside, I found myself looking back at the shoots over the last year and one of the favourites was a day trip to Keukenhof with Heather Edwards and Gillian Plummer in late April. Spring was very late and the flight was booked, so we all just kept our fingers crossed that there would be some tulips out.

We landed at Schiphol Airport  to a dank and grey morning and recall thinking ‘oh well, at least the coffee is good….’ Within the hour of walking in the gates  there was beautiful, soft, milky light and very little breeze. What a change! There were not as many tulips out but the ones that were, as usual, were very photogenic en masse. Daffodils were good though…There was enough to keep happily busy for the day.

Had there been too many choices I would have been dizzy with indecision so probably just as well! We all generated some interest amongst the other visitors with our tripods and gear and it wasn’t as crowded as other times so I came to regard it as quite a successful day. I always regret not being able to stay for longer but hotels and travel can make it quite a complicated trip but a day can be pretty tiring. I am, though, looking forward to the next one…

Here is one from the day...Tulipa humilis

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(Dianna Jazwinski) Dianna Jazwinski photo https://diannajazwinski.co.uk/blog/2014/1/looking-back-to-april Wed, 15 Jan 2014 14:09:27 GMT
Winter colour https://diannajazwinski.co.uk/blog/2013/12/winter-colour Stems of Cornus alba 'Kesselringii'

There are some beautiful colours to be seen in winter. I look forward to pink horizons under a blue sky early in the morning and many garden colours can be equal to this. I particularly like the stems of Cornus alba 'Kesselringii' for their jammy colour which might not stand out so much as the red ones in the garden but are quite beautiful looked at closely en masse.

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(Dianna Jazwinski) Cornus Cornus stems Kesselringii'' winter colour https://diannajazwinski.co.uk/blog/2013/12/winter-colour Sun, 29 Dec 2013 13:45:30 GMT
Photo therapy? https://diannajazwinski.co.uk/blog/2013/12/photo-therapy Tulipa unknown Mindfulness is a word I have been hearing alot about lately. In our world presently people are absorbed by the future, in terms of diaries, deadlines, work and social functions, childcare, etc. We are also inclined to dwell on the past. As I understand it, mindfulness is about spending a few moments in the now; concentrately on what is going on now, in this moment. Sounds easy. I have spent time on the beach in Poole trying to empty my head and listen to the waves, the gulls, noticing the light, the boats, the colour of the water and the sky. When I achieve it is so amazingly restorative. Trying to do this for just 5 minutes with out the chatter of life trying to come back in is SO difficult.

Then it occurred to me that photography is mindfulness. As I concentrate on the features of a plant or garden, thinking about what I am trying to convey in an image, listening to the birds and the other voices of nature, I am truly in the moment. I often come out from a shoot feeling both very tired and refreshed at the same time, tiredness from  constantly thinking, but then, all that mindfulness! How many people can call their jobs therapy?

I have included this picture as it was one of the  first nice days of spring after a long and cold winter. Taken during a trip to Holland it was like coming out of photographic hibernation.

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(Dianna Jazwinski) Dianna Jazwinski photo therapy https://diannajazwinski.co.uk/blog/2013/12/photo-therapy Sun, 15 Dec 2013 10:23:56 GMT
Late Autumn with Frost https://diannajazwinski.co.uk/blog/2013/12/late-autumn-with-frost Country Living January 2014Country Living January 2014Nature's Christmas Decorations The January 2014 issue of Country Living is due out this week and features images taken last year when we had a November frost with  plenty of autumn colour still around.

There is similar this year, perhaps even better, with a late autumn still holding alot of colour around in some places. I managed to get pictures last week at Wisley with frost on roses which is unusual for me.

Frost is just wonderful and creates another dimension to photographing the plant world but takes mega concentration and time to get those ice crystals sharp. Sometimes I think I am frozen to the spot anyway ...

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(Dianna Jazwinski) Country Dianna Jazwinski Living blog frost https://diannajazwinski.co.uk/blog/2013/12/late-autumn-with-frost Sun, 01 Dec 2013 12:45:00 GMT
Finally here.... I think.. https://diannajazwinski.co.uk/blog/2013/11/finally-here-i-think Berries of Cornus sericea 'Cardinal' Well, I think Autumn is finally here and perhaps not as spectacular as previous years. A few places I have visited to photograph recently have been OK but not great and is, in some instances, downright disappointing. Not the fault of the owners and gardeners I might add..

In trying to finish my autumn projects I managed to get to Wisley last week and was blessed with the best weather of the month, I think. Wisley was looking pretty awesome for colour, especially as it seems so bland elsewhere. Although this image of the berries of Cornus sericea 'Cardinal' is a very small part of the garden it gives you an idea of that great autumn glow, especially nice at about 2.30 pm just as the light is staring to drop. I did more work in that last hour or so than all day and I am very pleased to say I managed to finish everything I needed to do.

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(Dianna Jazwinski) Dianna Jazwinski autumn berries cornus https://diannajazwinski.co.uk/blog/2013/11/finally-here-i-think Thu, 21 Nov 2013 17:56:26 GMT
It's all a little late... https://diannajazwinski.co.uk/blog/2013/11/its-all-a-little-late Acer palmatum 'Bloodgood' Well, I have never known this before. All my autumn projects which are usually done in October have been put back until November. This is rather worrying as the weather can also prevent any of this work getting done, especially if the weather we had over the last month is anything to go by. I have become very good at waiting for that split second lull in the wind to take the shot which is time consuming but can be worth the effort sometimes, like this one.

This is Acer palmatum 'Bloodgood', a stunning deep red which just glows in the low atumn light.

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(Dianna Jazwinski) Acer maples https://diannajazwinski.co.uk/blog/2013/11/its-all-a-little-late Fri, 01 Nov 2013 10:28:22 GMT
Seedheads- Love them! https://diannajazwinski.co.uk/blog/2013/10/seedheads--love-them LandScape Autumn 2013LandScape Autumn 2013Seedheads

I am really happy to see this in LandScape magazine as a full page.

I love working with seedheads. The amazing shapes and textures close-up keep me absorbed for hours, sometimes just on one or two subjects.

LandScape magazine is a beautiful publication with stunning imagery. It is relatively new and out every 2 months and well worth a look.

Many magazines have come to use poor quality images as a means of cost cutting. Perhaps some people are not bothered by the photography and perhaps cannot see the difference. I am sure as a result the overall ambience of the publication must then be seen to be OK but not great. Can that be good at a time when perhaps people are not spending as much on magazines, that the best will be bought? Alot of work goes into quality imagery and copy and I really hope this is reflected in sales. If everyone buys only cheap this will surely result in having only poor quality publications available. I really hope not.

 

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(Dianna Jazwinski) Dianna Jazwinski LandScape magazine seedheads https://diannajazwinski.co.uk/blog/2013/10/seedheads--love-them Wed, 16 Oct 2013 08:02:23 GMT
Autumn- Happy days! https://diannajazwinski.co.uk/blog/2013/10/autumn--happy-days

 

The November issue of Country Living is out with a set of my favourite Autumn pictures.

There are many people who feel that autumn is a time of 'death' and become depressed by the impending winter months. Being a cup half full kinda girl I see the autumn months as a spectacular crescendo of vibrant colour with beautiful low light. Since becoming a photgrapher I have learned to see the beauty in most things around me and have come to love the winter as well. That said, I take so many photos at this time of the year I am still processing until the spring where I am ready to see the green stuff again!

 

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(Dianna Jazwinski) https://diannajazwinski.co.uk/blog/2013/10/autumn--happy-days Wed, 09 Oct 2013 06:03:17 GMT
Bad weather... great for Tulips! https://diannajazwinski.co.uk/blog/2013/9/bad-weather-great-for-tulips The English Garden October 2013 The October issue of the English Gardens features a set of Tulip images taken last year at Pashley Manor. The forecast was looking good but by the time I arrived there from Dorset it was a dark and rainy day. The dilemma was do I stay or re-schedule? The weather was pretty horrendous last year in spring and there was no hint of improvement while the Tulips were in flower. When I looked at the Tulips in the beautiful display there I rememebered they were one of the few plants that look great, if not stunning in the rain, saturating their colours. So I stayed. A very wet photographer but worth it I think!

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(Dianna Jazwinski) Dianna English Garden Jazwinski The Tulips magazine https://diannajazwinski.co.uk/blog/2013/9/bad-weather-great-for-tulips Mon, 23 Sep 2013 10:44:02 GMT
Black and white...again? https://diannajazwinski.co.uk/blog/2013/9/black-and-white-again Following my recent success in the monochrome category of International Garden Photographer of the Year competition and a recent commision that required some mono images, I found myself 'revisiting' Black and White photography. It is where I started. My first serious images over 10 years ago were black and white and with developing and printing from film. This involved alot of getting messy with some quite toxic chemicals and the digital way is so much cleaner and so much easier to get the desired effect. It has also made me think also how I might apply this to garden photography. I think this works.

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(Dianna Jazwinski) https://diannajazwinski.co.uk/blog/2013/9/black-and-white-again Mon, 02 Sep 2013 19:16:24 GMT
Knoll Gardens revisited https://diannajazwinski.co.uk/blog/2013/8/knoll-gardens-revisited

It has been a strange summer, trying to keep up with planned projects, some of which had to be abandoned by the very bright and very hot weather. On some days, definitely a case of photographer wilt, let alone the plants! So,with a small lull, it was great to get back to my familiar 'home ground' of Knoll Gardens this week where the planting is coming into its most spectacular time with the grasses beginning to flower and the perennials looking like beautiful jewels in amongst them.

I love this Persicaria 'Fat Domino'! Great chunky flowers which I recall looking good well into the autumn last year and a real colour accent in the garden.

Knoll Gardens is where it all started for me- from a stalwart monochrome hobbyist photographer to a career in garden photography inspired by this one garden.  Says something!

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(Dianna Jazwinski) Fat Domino Gardens Persicaria knoll https://diannajazwinski.co.uk/blog/2013/8/knoll-gardens-revisited Sat, 24 Aug 2013 10:05:39 GMT
Effortless Styling https://diannajazwinski.co.uk/blog/2013/8/effortless-styling I am always impressed by photographers who are good stylists, where they can arrange the perfect still life photgraph with great lighting,etc. Possibly laziness on my part but I am useless. I have to work very hard to get the image that is in my head on camera. So I love these occasions where the perfect still life is accidental, like this one.

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(Dianna Jazwinski) https://diannajazwinski.co.uk/blog/2013/8/effortless-styling Thu, 08 Aug 2013 15:10:51 GMT
Meadows, butterflies and things... https://diannajazwinski.co.uk/blog/2013/7/meadows-butterflies-and-things

 

Recently the weather has been too hot and sunny for me and some of the plants I had hoped to photograph this month have given up too and so, lost for another year. That is the  trouble sometimes with plans, is that they don't always work out. Great day for butterflies though- I had never seen so many at once.

I managed to get to the meadows at Durlston Country Park this week on the promise of a cooler day. It didn't work out that way but managed a few hours before the heat and the glare of the sun got to me. It is a fab place just to walk, really, and the sea, always somewhere in the distance is always something I like to be close to and offered the solace of a cool breeze occasionally. Sometimes the peace and space of a place can inspire new ideas.

Anyway, here is one from the day.

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(Dianna Jazwinski) Photographing butterflies meadow wildflowers https://diannajazwinski.co.uk/blog/2013/7/meadows-butterflies-and-things Sun, 28 Jul 2013 08:18:25 GMT