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May 7, 2012 6:40 AM CST
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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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May 7, 2012 8:04 AM CST
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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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.

Good reminder. Green Grin!
I garden for the pollinators.
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May 7, 2012 12:20 PM CST
Name: Lynn
Oregon City, OR (Zone 8b)
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I agree
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May 7, 2012 3:03 PM CST
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Name: Evan
Pioneer Valley south, MA, USA (Zone 6a)
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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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May 7, 2012 3:17 PM CST
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Name: Zuzu
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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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May 8, 2012 6:46 AM CST
Name: Karen
Valencia, Pa (Zone 6a)
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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.

Karen
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May 14, 2012 11:17 AM CST
Name: Monica
Texas Gulf Coast (Zone 9b)
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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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May 14, 2012 11:32 AM CST
Name: Myriam Vandenberghe
Ghent, Belgium (Zone 8a)
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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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May 14, 2012 12:20 PM CST
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Name: Dave Whitinger
Southlake, Texas (Zone 8a)
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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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May 14, 2012 12:33 PM CST
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Name: Evan
Pioneer Valley south, MA, USA (Zone 6a)
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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!
Evan
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May 14, 2012 1:15 PM CST
Name: Monica
Texas Gulf Coast (Zone 9b)
Sweat Weather, Not Sweater Weather
Foliage Fan Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Region: Gulf Coast Multi-Region Gardener Seed Starter Enjoys or suffers hot summers
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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May 14, 2012 1:28 PM CST
Name: Karen
Valencia, Pa (Zone 6a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Cut Flowers Winter Sowing Charter ATP Member Seed Starter Echinacea
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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

Karen
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May 14, 2012 3:04 PM CST
Name: Lynn
Oregon City, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator I helped beta test the first seed swap Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant and/or Seed Trader Garden Ideas: Master Level
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
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May 18, 2012 7:50 PM CST
Name: Monica
Texas Gulf Coast (Zone 9b)
Sweat Weather, Not Sweater Weather
Foliage Fan Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Region: Gulf Coast Multi-Region Gardener Seed Starter Enjoys or suffers hot summers
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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May 18, 2012 9:30 PM CST
Name: Lynn
Oregon City, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator I helped beta test the first seed swap Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant and/or Seed Trader Garden Ideas: Master Level
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?
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May 18, 2012 9:47 PM CST
Name: Monica
Texas Gulf Coast (Zone 9b)
Sweat Weather, Not Sweater Weather
Foliage Fan Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Region: Gulf Coast Multi-Region Gardener Seed Starter Enjoys or suffers hot summers
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.
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May 19, 2012 9:00 AM CST
Name: Lynn
Oregon City, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator I helped beta test the first seed swap Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant and/or Seed Trader Garden Ideas: Master Level
I can only imagine what you could do with that. Thumbs up
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