Because I’m a bit obsessive about purple smoke trees I managed to photograph this one in Monet’s Garden from all sorts of angles, making it a perfect choice for this challenge.
What I learned, after sorting through the photos, is that on a sunny day the lighting changes, often dramatically, depending on the angle.
A close-up of the bloom of a Purple Smoke Tree in Monet’s Garden. I was crouched down, shooting up, causing the bloom and leaves to be almost silhouetted against the bright sky. But this angle shows off the detail of the bloom and there’s just enough light filtering through the leaves to show off their spectacular colouring.
This time I was still shooting upwards, but into the sun, causing the colour of the leaves to become a bright russet. A shot from the side, showing the purple smoke tree cascading over the pond. From this angle the colouring isn’t as rich, but I like the contrast between the dark burgundy of the leaves and the murky green of the pond.
Shot from the other side the lighting again changes, with both the pond and the plant substantially lighter in tone. I’m not sure if I like this version as much, but it does explain the name of the tree, with it’s blooms looking exactly like puffs of ‘purple smoke’. Also, I’m a bit further away so it shows the tree more in the context of the garden. More photos of Monet’s Garden on my Albatz Travel Adventure Blog