When I started taking pictures of my Bonsai years ago I never thought they would be used in a website that is viewed around the world each day hundreds of times. Orlando Bonsai has grown so much and I owe it all to providing consistant devleopment of the trees and good photographs that demonstrate solid technique.
I wanted to share with you some tips and commenst about photographing bonsai, and the use of video was the easiest way to do that. Here a just a few videos that provide short tips on what to consider when taking a photo.
Photography – Lighting and lenses
Photography – Enhancing the color of the trunk
Photography – Point of View
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It is has been unusally cold in Florida this year, however the trees are going dormant quicker and giving me a great opportunity to work on the, I have been looking forward to repotting this crepe myrtle correctly for a long time now. As you may remember I showed this tree at the BSF convention in May, and I bought a new Sara Rayner pot for it back then. The time to repot the tree couldn’t come soon enough.
I let the tree grow out a lot, just to thicken some branches and to improve the tree’s health. The ramification continues to increase and the tree’s scars are just about completely covered.
The tree’s roots looked strong and healthy. I didn’t really have to reduce the roots at all once I combed out the old soil mix. The dark color and rounded top add a nice balance with the tree. I only had to wire a few back branches but for the most part it is clip and grow to keep this tree in shape.
I have wait so long for this tree to develop. The tree was originally grafted in April 2004. Finally it will be display at this years Bonsai Societies of Florida annual convention held over Memorial Day week end. I think it has filled in enough and looks balanced and healthy and it should make a good showing. If you get a canhe stop by and take a look.