You might be a gardening geek when it comes to photography if…
You welcome an occasional cloudy day because it gives you a good WOO to take pictures in your garden. Bonus points if you’ve stood over a plant to cast a shadow on it because that provided better lighting than the direct sun that was shining on it.
You go out in the rain to take pictures of the garden when it is all wet.
You didn’t realize your camera had a red-eye reduction feature to take the red eyes out of human and animal subjects because you rarely take pictures of humans and animals.
You take more than a dozen pictures of the same flower because from one second to the next the lighting changes, the wind blows differently, or you’ve thought of a couple more angles to take the picture from.
You read about David Perry’s “macro in a mason jar” photography tip and tried it with plants.
You show your vacation pictures to friends and they ask if you always vacation alone because there are no pictures of family or friends, just plants and gardens. Bonus points if you show your vacation pictures to fellow gardening geeks and they ask “what is that plant that is partially hidden behind your spouse/child/friend in the picture” and wonder why you couldn’t get them to move out of the way.
You generally always take a camera with you when you are working in your garden so you can take pictures that would be otherwise “lost forever” if you didn’t have your camera with you right then. Bonus points if you shared the picture with an entomologist because you thought it was kind of cool, like this picture of a cicada killing wasp actually attacking a cicada in mid-air.
You are a regular participant in Gardening Gone Wild’s monthly “Picture This Photo Contest”. Bonus points if you’ve won an award. Double bonus points if you’ve entered every month.
If you answered yes to most of these questions, you really ought to consider entering Horticulture magazine’s garden photography contest. One grand Prize winner will be selected by renowned photographer Rob Cardillo; the winner receives $1,000 and the winner's name and winning photograph will be published in the January 2011 issue. Bonus points if you think you would use the $1,000 to buy another camera. Deadline is June 1, 2010 so more bonus points if you now hope that Memorial Day weekend will have perfect garden photography weather.
Finally, you might be a photographing gardening geek if you’ve ever stood up on a ladder to get an overhead shot of your garden to show how the new beds are shaping up in the back yard.