|Kelly confers with Holt on some point of interest.|
|Most of the Bloggers had dispersed to explore the garden further. A handful stayed behind and questioned Holt about picture-taking. How would he set up a shot of something like a bench in the garden?|
|He took his photograph and then turned the camera around for all of us to crowd around and examine it.|
Eventually we all faded away and stopped pestering him. There wasn't much time left for me to wander far, so I flitted around the Garden of Fragrance like a butterfly and took some pictures, of the garden and of other bloggers taking pictures.
|Helen Battersby, who blogs at Toronto Gardens, takes aim.|
|Helen again (on the right), and Linda Lehmusvirta, who blogs at Central Texas Gardener|
|Scott Weber, of Rhone Street Gardens in Portland, where the Fling will take place next year (Check out his blog, his photos are wonderful)|
|Janet Zargan Ledebuhr of The Queen of Seaford (on the right) eyes another blogger (Edit: Identified as Julie Thompson Adolf of Growing Days) through Holt's frame ("Get out of my shot!")|
|The walls in the Garden of Fragrance were aged marvels, covered in baby's tears.|
I often experiment by taking the same shot with the camera held first vertically and then horizontally, to see which works better. Or I move all around the subject, taking shots from sometimes minutely different angles.
|My shot of the bench Saxon Holt got a bead on with his own camera. His was so much better.|
The Garden of Fragrance was designed in 1965 for the handicapped – especially the visually impaired – to be able to experience plants through smell and touch. It contains wonderfully smelly herbs and plants such as lavender, rosemary, marigold and scented Pelargonium. For a little more information about the Garden of Fragrance, click here. You can find a video of a walking tour of the Garden of Fragrance here.
Some day I'd love to go back to the San Francisco Botanical Garden to explore it further (preferably on a cloudy day, the sun was merciless). I really enjoyed the class with Holt, and appreciate him taking the time to give us some tips. He's been promising an e-book on garden photography for a while now, and you can bet I will be first in the digital line when it finally comes out. In the first paragraph of my post, there is a link to his blog and his website, but here they are again. Please check them out, website here and blog here.