I may enter one of these shots in this month's Gardening Gone Wild photo contest. The theme for March is "Awakening". The judge, Saxon Holt, gave some tips to photographers thinking about entering, to improve their chances of winning.
This leads me to believe photos of leaves sprouting from bare fruit tree branches might trump photos of, say, leucojum pushing through the winter-crusted earth.
I will be looking for a broad range of entries and will give special consideration to unusual and creative interpretation of the awakening theme.
When looking for your own garden shots, try to compose so that the backgrounds are simple and do not conflict with the main subject. If you can get a bit of garden context without confusing the main focal area, so much the better, but be sure to have critically sharp focus on your main subject. Use your whole frame, cropping any area that does not add to the composition.
This makes me think I shouldn't enter either of the last two shots, as the background in both shots is a bit distracting and doesn't add to the composition.
That leaves the top 4 shots as potential candidates. Hmmm. I have a favorite (can you guess which one?) but I'd love to hear your input. In any event, thanks to Pam Penick at Digging for hosting Foliage Follow-Up! Visit her blog to see the foliage frolicking in gardens around the planet.
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