IGPOTY – Results

Hope everyone’s having a great week so far?

We are in the final week of October as it is the first of November on Monday. Who’s having a Halloween party or have decorated your house or carved a pumpkin?

The results of the IGPOTY results for Square Crop Competition are in. Unfortunately I was not shortlisted this year but I’m not surprised as the winners are absolutely fantastic. Next year maybe!?

https://igpoty.com/competitions/square-crop-15-results/

Seductive Wings by Claudia Gaupp
IGPOTY Winner

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IGPOTY

Deadline 1st October


Well I have chosen some images for the square crop competition but bit unsure which 4 (if any) I should enter. Here are my possibilities.

About Square Crop

Judges will be looking for beautiful botanical subjects perfectly suited to a square crop. Use inspiration from the other categories as a guide to the subject matter to create a stunning crop image. As always IGPOTY is looking for plant life to be visible within your capture.

Insights

Making full use of the frame is the key to success as well as utilising the right subject elements with style and clarity to form an impactful cropped photo.  

As Tyrone McGlinchey, Managing Director of International Garden Photographer of the Year says:

“The art of the crop can make or break an image and a square crop really forces us to consider the place of every element and its contribution to the composition. This photo project then is all about balance, critical ability and subject understanding.”

Tyrone McGlinchey

Wider benefits

The photo projects offer an opportunity to focus on specific skills and effective crop/composition is a significant skill to master, particularly within the genre of garden photography. Communicating the beauty of plants within a box can be difficult, but a cropped image can help focus the mind on specific details or aspects of a larger scene.


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Holds hands up in apology!

Sorry all but not put up the images of the Balloon Festival up yet. I’ve been distracted due to a (small) summer(!?) cold and making lots of seasonal soup for work.

I promise I’ll get them up by the end of the week.

Out of interest, who would like be to post a couple of my real easy soup recipes?

To make up for the fact there’s no balloon pics yet, here’s some that popped up on my timeliness from a couple of years ago.

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New Lightbox Work

I have been busy in the garden for a few days now and it looks like I haven’t done a thing (although my back & arms know different).

Flowers have been dead headed, the Ivy has been trimmed, hedges have been cut and lastly I have been collecting seeds for next years colourful borders. I have collected Nasturtiums, Alliums, Cosmos, Astrantia, Runner Beans and Honesty so far.

Alliums
Sue Butler Photography

I decided to dust off the lightbox as I haven’t used it for a few months and decided to take some images of the seeds of Honesty, one of my favourite plants. It has beautiful purple flowers in the Spring/Summer which then develop into delicate circular seed pods.

Honesty – Sue Butler Photography

Happiness held is the seed; Happiness shared is the flower.”

John Harrigan

Sue Butler Photography
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Big Butterfly Count


People across the UK are being asked to take part in an annual count of butterflies amid fears they have been affected by poor weather this spring. I was only thinking the other day that I had not seen many butterflies at all in my garden or on the country lanes when I go cycling.

TV naturalist Chris Packham said participating in the Big Butterfly Count could provide key research on the impact of climate change on wildlife.

Members of the public should spend 15 minutes outside counting the number and type of butterflies they see.

The annual count will take place over the next three weeks starting today!


Packham, who is vice-president of Butterfly Conservation, said: “Biodiversity and climate crisis is an urgent issue and it can be overwhelming to think about what we can do as individuals to really make a difference.

…low numbers of speckled wood butterflies, while small tortoiseshells, commas, green-veined whites, large whites and red admirals 

Butterfly Conservation

“Because butterflies and moths make excellent indicators of the impacts of climate change and other human environmental factors, collecting data on their numbers is really important.

If you want to get involved or find out more visit these links.
You can also download a fabulous poster to help identify the butterflies and day time moths!


Last year more than 145,000 recordings were submitted to the Big Butterfly Count, but 2020 saw the lowest average number of butterflies logged since it began 12 years ago

Butterfly Conservation

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Mono


Black and white photography has unique qualities that are as strong today as they always were. Timeless, gritty, truthful and classic are all common ways of describing black-and-white photography … even after nearly 200 years since Joseph Nicéphore Niépce made the first black-and-white photograph, mono remains as popular as ever.

Digital Camera 2020

I’ve been looking back at some images and I thought I would share some black & white and mono with you.

Monochrome photos contain variations of only one color and nothing else. This could be different shades of blue, green, or grey, for example.

If you wanted a blue monochrome photo using only your camera, you would find a scene where the only colors in the frame are variants of blue.

Vintage sepia or cyanotype photographs are examples of monochrome photography. In these photos, the warm and cool tones were the results of specific toning chemicals used in the developing process.

Black and white photography contains variants of the color grey ranging from absolute black to absolute white. This means that all black and white photos are monochrome photos, but not the other way around.

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Feeling Mellow

Yellow

Have you ever wondered what connotations of colours can mean?

Well here are a few positive, negative and how the colour makes you feel.

Hope you like the images at the end.


Yellow symbolizes: happiness, optimism, positivity, intellect


Effects of yellow: clarifies, inspires, amuses, energizes


Positive traits: creativity, perception, mentality, warmth


Negative traits: cowardice, deception, egotism, caution

IGPOTY – Results

Hope everyone’s having a great week so far? We are in the final week of October as it is the first of November on Monday. Who’s having a Halloween party or have decorated your house or carved a pumpkin? The results of the IGPOTY results for Square Crop Competition are in. Unfortunately I was not […]

IGPOTY

Well I have chosen some images for the square crop competition but bit unsure which 4 (if any) I should enter. Here are my possibilities. About Square Crop Judges will be looking for beautiful botanical subjects perfectly suited to a square crop. Use inspiration from the other categories as a guide to the subject matter […]

Holds hands up in apology!

Sorry all but not put up the images of the Balloon Festival up yet. I’ve been distracted due to a (small) summer(!?) cold and making lots of seasonal soup for work. I promise I’ll get them up by the end of the week. Out of interest, who would like be to post a couple of […]

New Lightbox Work

I have been busy in the garden for a few days now and it looks like I haven’t done a thing (although my back & arms know different). Flowers have been dead headed, the Ivy has been trimmed, hedges have been cut and lastly I have been collecting seeds for next years colourful borders. I […]

Big Butterfly Count

People across the UK are being asked to take part in an annual count of butterflies amid fears they have been affected by poor weather this spring. I was only thinking the other day that I had not seen many butterflies at all in my garden or on the country lanes when I go cycling. […]

Mono

Black and white photography has unique qualities that are as strong today as they always were. Timeless, gritty, truthful and classic are all common ways of describing black-and-white photography … even after nearly 200 years since Joseph Nicéphore Niépce made the first black-and-white photograph, mono remains as popular as ever. Digital Camera 2020 I’ve been […]

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June Lupins

Serendipity

The natural ability of making desirable discoveries by accident

A term in the 1750s to describe those who ‘were always making discoveries, by accidents and sagacity, of things they were not in quest of’.
(Noun / Origin: English / ser·en·dip·i·ty)


Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints, kill nothing but time.

Aliyyah Eniath

As promised I’ve uploaded a few images of the gorgeous Lupins I took the other day. I was going to go to take some this evening (the Golden Hour) but the weather is so rubbish I’ve had to dig out my ‘big’ coat and my socks! What has happened to the warm sunny weather we’ve been having of late? Hopefully the weather looks better and I’ll got some images of the fields & flowers.


Golden hour photography

The golden hour in photography is widely seen as the best time of day to shoot. At golden hour the light is warm and soft – enhancing landscapes, flowers etc (more on how to shoot coming soon).


Lupin magic


Look at the stunning colours


Beautiful light


Golden Buttercups


Yellow Buttercups


The term lupine, from the Latin for “wolf,” derives from the mistaken belief that these plants depleted, or “wolfed,” minerals from the soil. The contrary is true, however; lupines aid soil fertility by fixing nitrogen from the air in a soil form useful for other plants.

Just Fun Facts 2021