Author: Michael Turner

Lumix DMC-GX8

Costa Rica Bound

It’s not very often that I hanker after a new camera – I’ve always been far more interested in pictures than shiny new equipment. Lately though, I’ve been looking at the merits of Compact System Cameras for travel photography, and with a three week trip to Costa Rica on the horizon it seemed a good opportunity to give one a try. My trusty Nikon D300s serves me very well for macro, flower and garden photography (usually paired with a 105mm Micro-Nikkor) but is relatively heavy and not at all discrete for reportage and street photography. My Fuji x-10 on the other hand, although a handy little compact, seems a little inadequate for such an epic trip. I’m expecting to encounter a wide range of subjects in Costa Rica; plenty of exotic plants and gardens of course, but also atmospheric landscapes (jungles can be very rainy and humid, even in the dry season) and cameos of local life.  In short, I was looking for a mid-priced lightweight yet versatile camera with an element of weatherproofing, small …

Judging the Ness Gardens’ Photo Competition

Last weekend I had the pleasure of judging the 2016 Ness Botanic Gardens’ Photography Competition, alongside Andy Lambie and Sara Bishop from Ness Gardens, Helen Watters from the Friends of Ness Gardens and my wife Janet (who also took the photo). This is the third year I’ve judged this popular competition and I have to say that the standard just gets better year on year. The winners will be announced in February at a special awards presentation and exhibition. Can’t wait!

Michael Turner Photographer & Gardener

See The Garden In A Different Light

To lots of people gardens are viewed as places of drudgery and physical toil, plagued by evil weeds and pesky plants that go on the rampage the moment their backs are turned. For us gardeners on the other hand, simply stepping through the garden gate leads to a magical world of light, colour, inspiration and opportunity – a different viewpoint entirely. I must admit that I really enjoy the physical outdoor work involved in my day to day work as a gardener (in a curious way it takes me back to my days as a junior racing cyclist, with daily road training whatever the weather, and certainly beats going to the gym!), but as a garden planner and photographer I’m also passionate about the creative and aesthetic aspects of the garden: planting design, garden wildlife and ecology, botanical art, garden history and contemporary garden design. By sharing my photography here on The Photogardener Blog and on Instagram I hope to inspire photographers, gardeners and non-gardeners alike to ‘see the garden in a different light’. Thanks …