Despite working in a Garden in Chelsea for 2 1/2 years I’d never been to Chelsea Flower Show, so this year I decided to go with my parents. There was also the added incentive of the Head Gardener at the Garden I work in having a Show Garden at the show. It’s perhaps not the ideal place for photography, lots of crowds and never long to set up a shot as you have so much to see! However I took my camera with me to see what I could capture.
I was actually pleasantly surprised by the show overall, I had heard comments that it is incredibly busy and too crowded and commercial to enjoy but in fact it was great. I didn’t feel that I was being sold to and found so much to see that the 3.30-8pm ticket time soon flew past.
The biggest challenge was that the sun was so bright a lot of my images are overexposed, not that I should complain as it was a beautiful evening! Here are a selection on the images that I am quite pleased with from the show.
A tunnel of orchids was a particular highlight of the show for me, I took this as I was entering the tunnel. I could have spent a while in there taking photos but unfortunately this was a particularly crowded spot!
I had such a great afternoon at the show, and want to say a huge congratulations to Nick for his stunning Show Garden, The Winton Beauty of Mathematics Garden which was awarded Silver-Gilt.
I’ve done some more experimenting with photographing flowers that are past their best, and these are the results! Unfortunately these flowers were so far gone that they fell apart as I tried to position them onto my sheets of watercolour, however I think they are actually quite beautiful in this state.
I used photoshop more than usual on the image above, I wanted it to look more like a painting than a photo so I played with the levels and contrast settings to create this effect.
I cropped the image above to focus on the head of the flower, it’s quite beautiful the way the petals are falling away, almost like silk.
The image above is a cropped version of the below , as I wanted to focus on the detail in the petals. In the un-cropped version I wanted to make it appear as if someone had randomly thrown the petals down and left them.
I don’t think I quite got the focus right in the image below, but the colours are so stunning that I wanted to include it anyway.