In­spi­ra­tions

Get closer to the stun­ning Macro Art cat­e­gory win­ners in this year’s In­ter­na­tional Gar­den Pho­tog­ra­pher of the Year con­test

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01 Blue eyed Beauty By Gil­lian Plum­mer

“The cen­tre of this Os­teosper­mum ‘Seren­ity Blue Eyed Beauty’ plant con­tains con­cen­tric cir­cles of deep blue, sten­cil-like stars, which pro­vide a tex­tured con­trast to the smooth pur­ple-tipped petals.” Gil­lian’s gor­geous flo­ral por­trait was highly com­mended in the Macro Art cat­e­gory of this year’s In­ter­na­tional Gar­den Pho­tog­ra­pher of the Year. By us­ing a tri­pod and ca­ble re­lease, she has ren­dered the cen­tre of the flower pin-sharp, even at the ex­tended shut­ter speed.

Lens Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM Ex­po­sure 0.4 sec, f/8, ISO100

02 As­tran­tia by Mandy disher

“Be­fore pho­tograph­ing the As­tran­tia, I pressed them for a crisp two-di­men­sional feel in or­der to re­veal their re­mark­ably in­tri­cate pat­terns.” Mandy then lay th­ese charm­ing peren­ni­als on top of a light­box in or­der to back­light their re­peat­ing shapes, tex­tures and colours. The re­sult is won­der­fully del­i­cate.

Lens Canon ef 100mm f/2.8 macro usm Ex­po­sure 1 sec, f/22, iso50

03 Aqui­le­gia by Jane dib­nah

“The fall­ing sta­mens and grace­ful lines of the petals cre­ated a won­der­ful sense of move­ment.” For this peace­ful shot, Jane used a tri­pod and re­flec­tor, bounc­ing light back onto her sub­ject to cre­ate the bal­anced light­ing you see here.

Lens Canon ef 180mm f/3.5l macro usm Ex­po­sure 1/640 sec, f/5, iso400

04 lace col­lo­ca­tion by Minghui yuan

“The dried petals of Hy­drangea macro­phylla re­spond very well to light, which merges dif­fer­ent el­e­ments of the plant while high­light­ing beau­ti­fully fine de­tails," Minghui says. He shot this highly com­mended im­age in Wuhan City, China, which has many lakes and parks mak­ing it ideal for pho­tog­ra­phy.

Lens tam­ron 90mm macro lens Ex­po­sure 1/160 sec, f/13, iso320

05 the cre­ation by Peter Pul­lan

The bark of this eu­ca­lyp­tus tree is redo­lent of Aus­tralian Abo­rig­i­nal art in its sim­plic­ity, colour and ab­strac­tion. Peter was awarded se­cond place for his en­try, which in­vites the viewer to look more closely and work out what the im­age is show­ing. Lens Canon ef 100mm f/2.8l macro is usm Ex­po­sure 1/100 sec, f/11, iso400

06 A spring treat by noortje rus­sel

The chang­ing sea­sons pro­vide a wealth of in­spi­ra­tion for any out­door pho­tog­ra­phy or keen gar­dener. “I wanted to cap­ture the essence of spring and knew a cro­cus would make the ideal sub­ject,” Noortje says. He de­creased the high­lights and con­trast in post-pro­cess­ing for this soft im­age. Lens tam­ron 90mm macro lens Ex­po­sure 1/200 sec, f/2.8, iso400

07 Wait­ing by bob lui­jks

“I found this spi­der just after sun­rise with its web glis­ten­ing in the morn­ing light. I used a cooler-look­ing white bal­ance to cre­ate a more dra­matic scene,” Bob says. We love the ab­stract na­ture of this fi­nal­ist, and that Bob has de­lib­er­ately changed the colour tem­per­a­ture for added at­mos­phere. Lens lens­baby 56mm lens Ex­po­sure 1/5000 sec, f/2, iso100

08 Mar­bled White by Ju­dith bor­re­mans

“This mar­bled white but­ter­fly had just opened to its wings to catch the first warm­ing rays of the morn­ing sun.” Ju­dith’s sym­met­ri­cal shot is a quin­tes­sen­tial but­ter­fly por­trait; the soft light and lovely out-of-fo­cus back­ground en­sures our eyes are in­stantly drawn to the sub­ject. Lens Canon ef 100mm f/2.8 macro usm Ex­po­sure 1/320 sec, f/2.8, iso250

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