Saturday morning I attended a members-only photo workshop at the Bancroft Garden, which happily started at 8am, a full two hours before the garden opens to the public. I never turn down an opportunity to get entry to a public garden when light conditions are relatively conducive to getting decent images.
Our leader was photographer John Ricca, and class size was limited to 10 -we all had ample opportunity for one on one consultations . Though Mr Ricca is not a 'garden' photographer per-se , there are principles that span all genres and much of what he said was useful to me . Best of all, the light was wonderful , transitioning between bright overcast and mild sunlight as the marine layer burnt off.
The workshop emphasized light and composition; garden bloggers the attended Saxon Holts workshop during San Francisco Fling will recall it was suggested that we 'fill the frame' and 'tell a story' . John Riccas approach had to do with shapes, and light. I was really learning the same lesson, expressed a different way.