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considerable success. “I don’t do nearly as much with my photography, as I could do – I used to do a lot more of sending them away to magazines and competitions a few years back”, he says. “I’ve had about a dozen portfolios published in magazines, including Amateur Photographer, Photo Technique, SLR Photography, Photon, (Minolta) Photoworld and Cameracraft.” His competition successes include honourable mentions in the Garden Photographer of the Year (GPOTY), with images used in their calendar and sets of postcards, also the RHS competition calendar and a (now gone) Australian international competition Gardens in Focus. His work has been exhibited at the Nikon Gallery, and the Arundel Art Trail in West Sussex in 2002-2004. Tony regards his current infrared work as a rebirth. “I stopped doing infrared in the 1990s and only came back to it last year. I go through phases where I do something and them drop it for a 22 March/April 2019 Cameracraft

Above: Highdown Gardens, exotic beech in misty light. G3 with 12-32mm, 1/25s at ƒ8. Below: Highdown pond, 1/200s at ƒ8. Tony has a photo book devoted to images of this garden. Above right: Nymans Gardens in June with bright foliage, 1/320s at ƒ8.

while. My photography has been about colour – it has a big impact on me; texture, shape and form. When I was at college, everyone was doing black and white and I was the only one doing colour. It’s reversed now, with most people doing colour and I’m shooting black and white. “I’ve got a passion for the ethereal, very pale greys that you get with infrared black and white on foliage. Plus, the contrast you get with the darker skies, gives a ghostly effect. I’m not so keen on the black sky with fluffy white clouds that often represent IR photography. I like the subtler things, like pale greys and offwhites. It’s a nice thing to have after you’ve looked at a lot of colour”.

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Tony Jones has published his garden photography as digitally printed Blurb Books – www.blurb.co.uk/user/tonystuart

Cameracraft will be looking further at IR conversion of digital donor bodies in a future issue.

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