Comfortable, attractive outdoor living spaces never go out of style. Ideas from one part of the country can usually be adapted to other regions, so a photo of an inviting space makes a great magazine cover.
I photographed this deck at the home of Ginny Crump, co-owner of Kent’s Garden and Nursery, back in the summer of 2008. She and her husband had opened their garden to a tour for the member of the Birchwood Garden Club and I asked permission to return another day and photograph the garden. She graciously agreed and I spent several pleasant hours working my way around their large garden late on a summer afternoon.
This image, which also appears as a two-page spread inside the magazine, was photographed as a horizontal with a 24mm lens on my Canon 1Ds Mark II, a full-frame digital SLR. I squeezed myself behind the wicker love seat and positioned the camera so it was level to keep the strong vertical lines straight up and down.
This is the full frame. I’ve added the clouds in post production. In the original the sky is blown out to white. That’s often a problem when exposing for a shady area while including the sky in the frame. In the magazine the designer cropped in from the top and right and eliminated the sky completely.
I don’t get a lot of magazine covers, so I just had to share this one.