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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Indoor/Outdoor Pictures and This&That

September is vegetable time here. Below is the picture of vegetables from my garden on the kitchen counter. It was taken before we started to cook dinner. I find it very nice. I believe that the light from the window made this shot special.
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I brought the vegetables from outside where I also took their picture.
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Everything looks not bad too, but don't you think that the previous picture taken inside has some drama in it? The light coming from the window made the indoor picture special. It didn't need any editing.
In other cases, pictures taken outside are better than inside pictures. In my earlier post, I showed a picture of the daisy bouquet standing on the garden table.
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The warm light of the late afternoon made it special, don't you think so? Looking at that picture makes me feel good. It not only shows the pretty flowers but also evokes the feelings of warmth and pleasure coming from the soft August sun. I remember how I was thinking 'I'd better enjoy this moment now since autumn is so close'.
Look at the picture of the same bouquet taken inside. Nothing interesting!
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In the case of the vegetables, the picture taken inside beats the picture of the same subject taken outside. In the bouquet case, it's just the opposite. Aren't we glad that digital cameras allow us to play with photography and take as many pictures as we want?
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Peaches. They are not from my garden, but I find them very photogenic. Usually, they apply this term, photogenic, to people who appear physically attractive or striking in photographs. I think these peaches are very attractive. They attract me. I want to eat them all. At the same time, I like to look at them. We are thankful for photography that allows us to keep images long after the subjects on the photographs are gone.
Now, 'This & That' part of the post. I borrowed this name from one of my favorite garden bloggers, Grace Peterson (Gardening With Grace http://www.gracepete.com/)
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I can see what search words and phrases people use when they arrive at my blog. Very often, it is 'when to pick up tomatoes Black Krim' and 'my cucumbers have thorns'. I pick up Black Krim tomatoes before they start to soften. When they are hard to touch (but not brick-hard as green tomatoes) and when their color is red (as in the collage above) or green/red (as in the last year picture below):
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As for the cucumber prickles, they are normal. A light rub will take care of them.
Recently, I got embarassed when I saw that someone came to my blog looking for 'Card for would be husband'. Imagine a young and innocent girl looking for a romantic card. She clicks my post "Card For My Husband" and what does she see?
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This is not THE card, you need to click on the link below to see THAT card
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To make you feel that you didn't come here for nothing, I decided to end this post with some useful information. How about a way to protect plants from deer? After my roses, perennial phlox, strawberry and grape leaves were eaten by these gracious creatures early this summer, we bought and installed a 'Scarecrow'. It should be attached to a hose and pointed to the part of the garden you want to guard.
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It worked! I now have my plants blooming profusely and no deer touch them!
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Perennial phlox and rose 'Carefree Marvel'
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The device is pricy, but I liked it more than a spray. The spray works, but I keep forgetting to use it repeatedly. And, of course, it stinks! The 'Scarecrow' is fun to use, especially when someone in the family forgets about it and gets hit by the strong jet of cold water. I never knew my husband could jump so far! Ha-ha!
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23 comments:

  1. Tatyana, your veggies look great. I just had fingerlings last night, yum! I wish I could grow more vegetables, but I have such a small veggie garden - love looking at yours.

    Eileen

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  2. Enjoyed stopping by today! Loved the story about the card for my husband! lol. That is a good one. Wondering how much fun that scarecrow would be with all my cats. lol.
    Debbie

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  3. Live in an office for a few years. Then vases of flowers inside will look MUCH more intriguing to you! I love cut flowers.

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  4. Through your gifted eye, your photos are always a joy, Tatyana. The peaches are indeed very photogenic because of the awesome contrast and lighting. You create before you shoot, telling a story.

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  5. Tatyana your vegetable pictures are beautiful, and I do like the indoor shot best. The cabbage looked perfect, I don't grow them because the caterpillars always get to mine before they are ready to harvest. Your posts are always delightful!

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  6. Wonderful!! The potatoes look delicious!!

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  7. Great post, and such lovely vegetables - they would work well in my stir fries.

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  8. I love the first photograph of your vegetables on the kitchen counter. It is amazing how a shift in light affects the mood and quality of a photograph. I'm glad the 'scarecrow' has helped to protect your plants. Unfortunately, here the deer get used it, so it only works for a short while. However, we do have very persistent deer...and lots of them!

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  9. What a scrumptious post Tatyana! Great harvest photos and ouch to that T. card! I am not sure how the hose 'Scarecrow' works? Glad you found something to work for you though! ;>)

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  10. Tatyana, your produce looks absolutely wonderful and healthy. I am jealous of those tomatoes! and am coming to "take" some from your garden. ;) The Sun Golds and Sweet 100's continue to produce like crazy, but all our heirlooms have proven disappointing. Perhaps next year.

    Have a wonderful weekend.

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  11. I think the first photo is excellent.

    That deer scarer looks a good laugh, could have some fun with that!

    Hope September's weather is kind

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  12. You are too funny! Your pictures are great. I love playing with photography, don't you? Carla

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  13. Hi Tatyana, The veggie on the kitchen counter does look very special. There is some reflection from the black top that adds to its beauty.

    That 'Card for My Husband' is a good one.

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  14. I have a hard time with outdoor light with my current camera. I have to doctor them up some. Your photos look great.

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  15. As always, this is a great post! I'm not a particularly good photographer, but my secret is to take lots and lots of pics! Usually there are a few that are decent. I can't always predict what the lighting will do, but sometimes it creates a very special photo, as you demonstrate with the daisies and vegetables. Your veggies look great, indoors and out!

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  16. Hi Tatyana, Thank you for the link-love. I chuckled over the tarantulas on patrol sign.

    The green leaf bowl you have your peaches in, I have one exactly like it. I bought it at a thrift store a few years ago and use it as a birdbath. It looks great with peaches and I agree they are very photogenic. Funny, I've got a peach beside me right now waiting for me to bite in to it. The scent is out of this world. Dee lish! I love this time of year.

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  17. most cmpelling in every way sandy

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  18. You need to enter one of these in the Gardening Gone Wild, Picture This Contest for Sept. You have several contenders here.

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  19. Agree that the indoor picture has more drama.
    It's the way light hits the harvest and the reflection of the dill on your countertop. Like you, I think that pictures taken outside in general are better because of the light. And preferably, dusk or dawn light. Your vegetables look so good.
    Funny, we have the scare crow too. We bought it to fend of a cat that was going to bathroom in our front yard. We accidentally might have sprayed some neighbors passing by on the sidewalk. The kids on the other hand loved running by it as a game, trying not to get sprayed. Gotta love the design.

    Have a great weekend!

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  20. some lovely and inspiring photos, i usually take all my photos outside but will try some more indoors...but some photos of your scarecrow in action please!!!

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  21. Great post Tatyana! Nice comparison photos too.
    We have some deer around our subdivision and I love seeing them but I'm glad they don't enter our particular garden!

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  22. I love the photo of your two krim tomatoes, and all your vegetables look wonderful, as I'm sure they are even without the enhancement of your great photography. I find indoor flower arrangements particularly hard to photograph, but your kitchen counter veg photo is perfect.

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  23. I so enjoy photography. It is amazing how light is everything.
    Your vegetables look so tasty...think I will go fix a tomato sandwich....I like the way photography can influence people too. You just "got" me!
    Sherry

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