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IN THE FIELD: Immerse Yourself In Your Subject


Over the years I’ve heard a variety of humorous sayings regarding outdoor photographers.

“If you’re not sitting on the ground, you’re not a photographer.”

“You can always tell a good photographer. Their clothes are always dirty.”

Uhhh yup…folks often do look at me a little funny as I sit or lie down on the ground with camera in hand. And that’s okay because I’m creating an image that is uniquely mine. By changing my perspective or viewing angle, I feel I’m likely to create a more compelling image. And of course, there are times when I may get my pants dirty. But who cares about a little dirt anyway. Soap was invented a long time ago.

I took this photo at Longwood Gardens two weeks ago during the Celebration Of Spring Blooms.



cloudy WB

ISO 200

  1. May 19, 2013 at 10:53 am

    Oh wow, David, this is just so lovely. The tiny blue, the perfect amount of yellow and red, and then the green! It turned out to be a very pretty and amazing flower world. 🙂

    • May 19, 2013 at 3:02 pm

      Thank you Nandini, it was an amazing sight to see all the spring bulbs blooming. I never saw so many varieties. More photos coming this week. They planted over…get this…100,000 bulbs!

      • May 25, 2013 at 1:13 am

        Whoa! I can’t wait..! 🙂

  2. May 19, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    I think all photographers have dirty knees and torn jeans as a badge of honour! Brilliant photo, David, it was worth it! 🙂

  3. May 19, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    I need to get a new pair of cargo pants for such things 😉 Beautiful shot.

    • May 19, 2013 at 4:42 pm

      Thanks Teri, I try to keep one pair of jeans as the “good jeans.” Never works out though LOL.

  4. May 19, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    I like the blue who says all the edges have to be the same. And I like the soap comment too.

    • May 20, 2013 at 9:27 am

      Exactly. I like to call that “artistic license.” I have to admit I borrowed the soap comment. It’s actually something my Mom used to say to the neighbors when we were kids. We were always outside playing…rain or shine.

  5. May 19, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    Great photo, David! Yes, photographers do it in the dirt.

    • May 20, 2013 at 9:27 am

      Thanks M, there’s no place better!!!

  6. May 20, 2013 at 5:22 am

    Beautiful colours – and I love that peek of blue sky top left!

    • May 20, 2013 at 9:35 am

      Thanks Meanderer, it was really neat sticking my face and camera into this bunch of tulips. I like that too…just a peek.

  7. May 20, 2013 at 11:42 am

    A very “well grounded” photo, David. EXUBERANT color!

  8. May 20, 2013 at 11:49 am

    It’s all in the upbringing. Isn’t the color amazing? It was an overwhelming display!

  9. May 21, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    Not only dirty knees but I’ve also had a few sore knees & elbows too, all for the shot! Next trip to garden shop I’m buying one of those lightweight foam pads to start carrying around for kneeling. Beautiful colors David, and I do love your perspective here. Well worth your dirty knees!

    • May 22, 2013 at 11:35 am

      Thanks Donna, and thank you for reminding me to pick up one of those knee pads. Not only would it be very handy, but they are almost weightless and easy to attach to the camera bag!

  10. May 22, 2013 at 11:45 pm

    Beautiful, David! I love these tulips. I was at these gardens several years ago and I still remember how much I enjoyed it there. Isn’t it an amazing feeling to be surrounded by such gorgeous flowers? I also like how you include your camera settings.

    • May 23, 2013 at 8:51 am

      Thanks Fergie, it is an amazing place…indoors and outdoors. The best part is it’s always changing. Each time one visits, it’s different than the last time. Imagine having gardens like that at home…but on a smaller scale. LOL. I include the camera settings just as an FYI kinda thing, realizing situations and conditions are different for everyone, but they may help anyway.

  11. May 24, 2013 at 6:56 am

    I do it too 🙂 I sit, lie, roll on the ground, just for the sake of an inetresting shot 🙂 It’s part of fun, right! 🙂

  12. May 24, 2013 at 10:01 am

    You go girl and indeed it is part of the fun. We gotta do what we gotta do!!! LOL

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