Plant Database forum: Taking Pictures

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crochetedgirl
May 7, 2012 6:40 AM CST
We all love looking at pictures of the blossoms, but I find it very helpful to see a picture of the whole plant as well. Most businesses sell the plant by what the blossom will look like, but it would be nice to know what the whole plant will look like in your garden.
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SongofJoy
May 7, 2012 8:04 AM CST
Very true. I think people are adding more and more photos of plants (in nursery pots as well as mature in the landscape), leaves, seeds, bark, roots, etc. It's always good to include those if we can do so.

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The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched -- they must be felt with the heart. ~ Helen Keller
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valleylynn
May 7, 2012 12:20 PM CST
I agree
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eclayne
May 7, 2012 3:03 PM CST

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I'm with you too crochetedgirl. I like looking at bloom and foliage but I really like the DB entries with landscape pics of the plant. Lots of great ideas that way. Also the pics by season, and all the other special shots mentioned.
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zuzu
May 7, 2012 3:17 PM CST

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It's all so subjective. That's why I'm happy we have all the different galleries. The shape and size of many plants depend so much on variable factors, such as climate, soil, and gardening practices, that I'm only interested in closeups of blooms. They stay constant in most cases.
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kqcrna
May 8, 2012 6:46 AM CST
zuzu said:It's all so subjective. That's why I'm happy we have all the different galleries. The shape and size of many plants depend so much on variable factors, such as climate, soil, and gardening practices, that I'm only interested in closeups of blooms. They stay constant in most cases.


That's the point- most blossoms of the same plant will look about the same. Landscape shots, OTOH, display how the plant plays with it's neighbors, how it fits into a border, etc. And shots of foliage, roots, bark, seeds, seedlings, etc. are very helpful.

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Name: Monica
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krancmm
May 14, 2012 11:17 AM CST
As a new member to this site, I've found that my "entire plant" photos don't convert well to squares - they are all 3:2 rectangular so parts of the plant are lost in cropped translation. If I back up far enough to get the entire plant that could be square cropped, the resolution suffers dramatically,even Photoshopped, since I don't have a super-duper 24 megapixel DSLR. And quite frankly, spending the time to crop to squares takes more time from gardening...so I might not add many more photos for that reason.

I, too, would like to see entire plant shots in situ, as well as component parts.

On my wish list would also be a category in the photo data specifically for "leaves" or "foliage". Foliage is often the reason I grow a plant.

Monica
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bonitin
May 14, 2012 11:32 AM CST
Hi Monica Welcome!

There is no need to crop your pictures into squares, when you click on any photo on the database it will unfold in its full size.. Smiling
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dave
May 14, 2012 12:20 PM CST

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Monica,

Myriam is right: even if the entire plant doesn't show up in the square thumbnail, that's okay because once the visitor clicks on the thumbnail to view the full size image, everything shows up. So, no cropping needed!
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eclayne
May 14, 2012 12:33 PM CST

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Hi Monica, Here's an image of Hosta 'Minuteman' where I selected Gallery: Leaves. Is this what you mean?


P.S. Welcome!
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Name: Monica
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krancmm
May 14, 2012 1:15 PM CST
Thanks all, had no idea that those square thumbnails that cut off part of the photo enlarged to the "normal" size. Now I might look at a few more..or even upload a few!!

Sorry, I misspoke: I actually was wishing that one could select more than 1 Gallery category for photos (like Blooms and Leaves) should there ever be an ability to search by Gallery type.

And thank you all for the welcome.

Monica
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kqcrna
May 14, 2012 1:28 PM CST
No big deal, Monica. It takes time to learn the ins and outs of a new site.

By way of history of the site, ATP is still in it's childhood. The site is not quite a year old. Dave is constantly adding new features and updating old ones, so even those of us who have been here since the beginning always have new things to learn. Dave just keeps developing and improving things so keeps us all on our toes. Smiling

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Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
May 14, 2012 3:04 PM CST
Welcome! Monica.
Wow, I just went and looked at some of your photos. They are amazing. I love the way you frame your plant subjects.
Sure hope you have time to add more.

Evan, that is a beautiful leaf photo Hosta 'Minuteman'. Thumbs up
Name: Monica
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krancmm
May 18, 2012 7:50 PM CST
Still learning my way around...Lynn, I hadn't realized that you'd posted such a nice comment about my photos. Thanks so much for the support and the welcome. And I have added a few more and that's even my banner up there, right now, May 18th. What a surprise.

Monica
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Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
May 18, 2012 9:30 PM CST
Wow, I just noticed it when I signed back on and thought it was gorgeous. Makes me want to go out and plant zinnias. Beautiful Monica.
What kind of camera are you using?
Name: Monica
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krancmm
May 18, 2012 9:47 PM CST
Thanks Lynn. I try with a pretty cheap Panasonic Lumix TZ1 - not DSLR, 5 whopping megapixels, not the best color rendering, 6 years old. Would love to upgrade.to the new Sony Alpha A57K..add a macro lens...sigh.
Monica
Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
May 19, 2012 9:00 AM CST
I can only imagine what you could do with that. Thumbs up

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