Garden angel, texture

Posted by karla (Omaha, United States) on 22 February 2011 in Lifestyle & Culture and Portfolio.

Deepest sympathy to the people of New Zealand in the aftermath of the earthquake in Christchurch.

Garden statue, textured (my own plus one from Kim Klassen) and lightly tinted. The angel has ten years of weathering through years in a small, very informal herb garden which now needs renovation. The vine across her chest is common oregano Origanum vulgare, which has been there for many years longer than the statue. This form of oregano has leaves that are oval, green, and slightly fuzzy; pale pink flowers are small and clustered. Pinching back the long stems will keep the plant looking thick, lush and more controlled, but I tend to let it grow its nectar-rich flowers for the bees.

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Plichard Mickaël from Toulouse, France

Nice

22 Feb 2011 7:24am

@Plichard Mickaël: Thanks! I tried something a little different with this one.

Arnd from Basel, Switzerland

Nice, soft depiction of your garden angel. The color desaturation has given it a fascinating ethereal quality.

22 Feb 2011 9:19am

@Arnd: Thanks, Arnd. I went back and forth between all black and white and light toning. Ethereal...nice word to use! I have tried photographing this angel many times. The results are very uneven, due to lighting, the way the plants are growing, the splotches from weathering, and so on. As sweet as she looks, she has also presented a challenge.

Franz from Baden, Austria

WELL DONE !! i really like the compo and the treatment! and i do like oregano (which doesn't grow well in my garden) and thyme (which fortunately does)!

22 Feb 2011 3:02pm

@Franz: Thanks, Franz! I also have a little thyme growing, tucked here and there among the perennials. It is a charming and useful little plant. Thankfully, there are many plants we can try for our garden climates, then we can trade the extra with each other.

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

You have made her look to have grown there - very sweet and perfect presentation choices.

25 Feb 2011 7:51pm

@Ronnie 2¢: Oh, thanks! Thanks for exploring the blog. Thanks for your comment here. Actually she does tend to "dig in" a bit after a moist growing season and occasionally needs to be reseated, so to speak. I admit that I feel more comfortable with images that include more darks, so I hesitate when I try high key. I am still learning to understand textures, too. I am glad you like this one.

Nikon D300
1/80 second
F/6.3
ISO 200
157 mm (35mm equiv.)

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