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Another photography adventure! With my husband, and this time joined by our daughter and son-in-law, it involved visiting the glorious Cloudehill Gardens. We drove through the highly scenic Dandenongs to reach our destination. It was hard not to want to just stop every few minutes to photograph this beautiful region of Victoria – Australia. During this garden photography exercise – I used my EOS 1100D Canon DSLR camera on a tripod with a remote timer for the big shots. I also used my Samsung Galaxy S6 Mobile Phone for quick spontaneous photographs. The aim of this photography adventure was to gain some experience taking garden photographs during a time of day not ideal – being late morning and over mid-day. I found it particularly difficult to work out how to shoot sky and garden together without over exposing the sky. Although shady spots proved to be interesting – as filtered light offered soft lighting photographic opportunities.
ABOUT CLOUDEHILL GARDENS
“Cloudehill Gardens is located at the top of the Dandenongs, has an altitude of 580 metres with deep volcanic loam soil and 1.25 metres of rainfall which falls throughout most of the year with February, March and April being drier. Sometimes there is a little frost and snow (Cloudehill 2017). Not many have the chance to make a garden out of an old flower farm. Cloudehill’s original planting goes back to Jim Woolrich when he began planting shrubs and trees and bulbs for the cut flower market and florist trade in the ’20s. The flower farm thrived through to the ‘6os then, after 20 years gently resting, Jeremy Francis bought what was now something of a sleeping beauty’s garden and began making Cloudehill in 1992. Cloudehill’s design derives from Italian renaissance gardens, English arts and crafts gardens, and from contemporary meadow gardening. Compartments threaded along axes incorporate themes such as ‘expectation and surprise’. Deep volcanic soil and moist mild weather allow plants to achieve majestic proportions; for example, the two weeping maples at the heart of the garden. These glorious trees are historic, they came from Japan in 1928″ (Cloudehill 2017).
On my return home, I downloaded all the photographs into Adobe Lightroom 6. I developed a small selection of photographs. It was once more a new experience, especially developing the garden photographs where some of the skyline was over exposed. A number of the photographs I decided to crop the sky out of the photograph itself. I also decided to turn one into a black and white photograph in order to gain the best raw photographic details using Lightroom 6. Overall though I was happy with my efforts and feel that the essence of a beautiful garden was captured. Please find both above and below the best of what I took on the day.
OLINDA, Victoria – Australia
Photographed by Karen Robinson
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FLOWER BEDS AND GARDEN FEATURES – Locations (throughout)
HEDGES, LAWNS AND GARDEN FEATURES – Location Quadrangle (I)
THE SUMMER HOUSE – Location (H)
SUMMER HOUSE WALK – Location (H)
FLOWERING BULBS & GRASSES – Location (S)
COOL AND WARM BORDERS, PATHWAYS AND ARCHES – Locations (T – J – E)
BEECH WALK THROUGH TREES AND GARDEN FEATURES – Location (R)
MY FAVOURITE PHOTOGRAPH OF THE DAY
SLIDE-SHOW OF ALL PHOTOGRAPHS
This day was more than just a time where I got to spend together as a family, it was also a time where we remembered my husband’s brother, also being my daughter’s Uncle who had passed away late last year 2016. These moments truly reinforce that we only have a short time in this world and I am trying to spend it well…
“In memory of Greg Robinson – a lover of fauna and flora”
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© Karen Robinson – February 2017
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