At the beginning of the 2nd day of the San Francisco Fling, we had the option of attending a morning class with photographer Saxon Holt...of course, I signed up!
Saxon spent a while talking about his technique to photography...what he looks for and how he approaches a subject. He said he's happy if he gets at least one usable photo a day...which makes me feel more optimistic!
After his presentation, he set us free to explore the gardens...and hopefully, try to put some of his good advice to work! Our "mission" was to get at least one good shot to post on his Facebook page, where he'd leave us feedback.
Of course, grasses always look good...but especially when backlit.
I love how these Salvia blooms just glow.
The papery petals of this Poppy looked like stained glass!
Phlomis are always interesting photo subjects, with their papery bracts and interesting, tiered structure.
I loved these widely-arching and slightly pendulous grass stems.
Love them! (BTW...this is the photo I submitted to Saxon.)
Seriously, when the light is bright anyway...just look for things that look good in that light!
It was already pretty warm, so I moved into a shady spot, where I was greeted by these gently mounding grasses (Festuca, probably).
I really dug the textural contrast here. I wish I knew what that one plant is...I could swear I saw them for sale at Annie's Annuals the previous day.
I'm not sure what this delightful umbel was.
I wandered a little further and was greeted by this dramatic silhouette...I think of spent Dierama blooms.
The sprinklers were going full-force while I ran past this area...I grabbed a quick shot of water-laden stems.
Another quick shot before the sprinklers returned to douse this area.
Just as we headed out the front gates, I happened to notice that the sun was at just the perfect angle to illuminate this Melianthus leaf...setting it ablaze with color! I hope you enjoyed this brief romp through the Botanical Garden. I assure you, I scratched the surface...there is much more to be seen!