The green and rolling countryside of Worcestershire, England, is home to the cider apple orchards which surround the gardens of Pear Tree Cottage. They enjoy a sunny south westerly aspect with sweeping views across to Martley Hillside, Woodbury and Abberley clock tower. The Teme Valley lies just over the hill and, not far away, is the Herefordshire border. Although our climate is temperate, our seasons are often uncertain and always a challenge to a gardener! This began in 2010 & follows the weekly ups and downs of garden work chronicling both successes and failures but, above all, demonstrates the fun enjoyed by three people who regularly garden in all weathers


11 August 2014

HDR Photography in the Garden

'Kay's Arbour'
One of Al's Costco Dahlias!
Since our recent Swiss invasion, I have been trying my hand at some HDR photography.  As well as being utterly addictive, some of the results are very interesting.  HDR is High Dynamic Range and several shots taken on differing settings are merged together by very clever software.  I couldn't have chosen worse weather for my photographic experiments as we've been having gale force winds and ferocious squalls in August!  I ask you!  It looks like autumn out on the lawns!  It was a little more sheltered up in the top lawn border where the Dahlias were not waving madly in the gales!  The winds did have quite an effect on cloud formations and the ghosting effects on the rose hips as they were swaying violently almost looks like an impressionist painting.  Anyway, do have a look and see what you think - bearing in mind these are novice attempts in difficult conditions!  HDR Garden Photos  The strange thing is that when you view these photos,all appears serene and still!!  Oh well, maybe the camera really does lie after all.
Martley Hillside from the terrace

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