Exotic Gardening with Rare and Strange Plants

Plant Photography

So I’m going to admit defeat, or rather a change of heart. The Canon Rebel XS just wasn’t the camera for me, after many hours of experimentation I wasn’t pleased with style of photography it offered. I suppose after all these years of using a point and click I’ve become a lot more accustomed to  smaller more user friendly cameras.  I’m a busy person and fitting creative time into my already overloaded schedule isn’t always easy. I need a camera that is hand held and easy to snap a quick photo. I returned my Canon Rebel today and Replaced it with the Canon G12. This camera is exactly what I was looking for, think of a cross breed between SLR and Point and shoot. It’s like my Canon Elph on steroids. Swivel view finder, manual features, and a great macro. I will see how it handles plant photos this Thursday when I do the greenhouse’s availability.

In a moment of frustration I contacted my uncle for advice on such topics. He has always been a wealth of knowledge when it comes to anything to do with computers or cameras. Although supportive of Digital SLR’s he wrote out their short comings in a way that made sense to me. He also told me to follow my instincts, if I didn’t feel comfortable using my new camera then it might turn into an expensive paper weight. In the end his advice really helped and I’m grateful for having such knowledgeable people in my life. My uncle mentored me many years back on how to design websites, and he was a real pro. Now a days he’s creating worlds in virtual reality, making suns rise and fall, setting ocean currents, it’s really intersting. If you’d like to view some of his fantastic work I highly recommend you check out his website, he’s a talented man. Artwork, websites, music, politics and virtual realities, Paul has a lot to see.

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1.5 hours until I’m 26… Another year spent planting seeds, growing trees, and staring at daffodils. :)

Hello All

Just a quick post on the topic of taking pictures of plants. Today I went out a bought a Canon Rebel EOS XS as an early birthday gift to myself (my birthday is on Tuesday). I suppose with all the photographs I’ve been taking latley I’ve been craving a better camera. If I’m going to invest all of this time, shouldn’t the quality of my work be at a higher level. I don’t know.

So far I’m unsure of my new purchase, I guess I’ve been using point and click digitals for the last 8 years and this one seems unnessesarily complex. There is no comparision in the image quality, but the larger heavier size and complex controls are making me question my decision. I’m trying to decide if I’m just being stubborn in having to learn how to use a new piece of equipment, or if this is just more tech then I need. I’ve read the manual, spent a couple hours playing around and it still feels pretty unnatural. Point and shoot or SLR, that is the question. I have 14 days to return it so I’m going to read up on how to use it and make my decision in a couple days. What do you think?


Photo taken by my Canon Elph sd1200


Taken by the Canon Rebel XS


Taken by the Canon Rebel XS


Taken by the Canon Rebel XS

Lupins create an amazing bowl in their leaves that hold raindrops. Today while touring my mostly asleep garden in the back, I looked up to see this amazing sight. Although lupin flowers are impressive I think their rainy day attributes might outshine their blooms. As I saw the web of diamonds I quickly ran and got my camera. This is a tree lupin I took home from Dallas Beach as a seedling, it’s done amazingly well this year.

Mr Nat. Gardener, Plant Nerd
Tips and tales about gardening in one of the most mild climates in Canada. Specializing in rare and strange plants from far out destinations, this is the story of an obsessed young gardener in Victoria B.C. Let's create more tropical gardens in the garden city on the southern tip of Vancouver Island.
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