Challenge #35: The Neglected Garden – DocuStyle

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Yes, ok, this challenge is a day or so late, but as it’s a bank holiday it still counts as the weekend, right??

After a hectic and somewhat stressful weekend, Little Whirlwind decided we needed a day at home – and we didn’t disagree!  The weather was (finally) blissfully warm and conducive to Neglected Garden tackling.

We grow some of our own fruit, veg and herbs – using my tried-and-tested method of mostly hands-off gardening.

Neat and Tidy Allotment-Style Gorw-Your-Own this is not.

Basically, I don’t have time to tend to it as much as I should do, so we have a few hardy things that survive my skills – like rhubarb, blueberries, raspberries, boysenberries and loganberries! Each year I attempt to grow peas and beans.  Sometimes we win, sometimes the slugs win.  Tomatoes usually do well, and so did the potatoes until I gave up because we get so many in the veg box that we get delivered from Riverford.

With all the late snow we had this year, we’re very behind with the garden. So we took the opportunity to start to tack it today, and I decided to capture the process as part of today’s challenge.


Challenge #35 was all about taking documentary-style photos of a Family Mission To Tackle The Neglected Garden!

At this rate we’ll be planting the peas and beans in May!

I chose to use my 24-70mm lens because it’s the most flexible lens I have, and the distortion also gives the photos a more documentary-photography feel.

Techie Details:
Camera: Canon 5D Mk III
Lens: 24-70mm f2.8
Other Kit: tripod, remote control

I decided to try to get myself into some of the photos by setting the camera up on a tripod and using a remote control to trigger the timer function on the camera (so at least the photos would look less posed).


Hmmm… Well, the gardening part went well and we made loads of progress.

The photography side?  Well, I’m happy with some of the moments I’ve captured (and yes, the boys did get distracted with bug hunting!!). But I didn’t get any photos of me.

I set up the tripod, and some of the photos here were taken with the remote control/tripod combo. The trouble was I couldn’t quite get the angle right to trigger the remote with me in the “right” place in the frame.

Yes, I could have moved the camera and fiddled and faffed about to get a decent shot with us all in, but to be honest I was happy pottering in the garden and spending time with my family. I knew I’d got some shots of Little Whirlwind and Long Suffering Husband that I was happy with, so I decided to put the camera away and enjoy family time.

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