Before and After pictures of a garden
May 10, 2011 8:22 AM   Subscribe

StockPhotographyFilter: I need before and after shots of a garden.

I'm working on a video project that needs 2 shots of a garden from the same POV - one of just dirt, and one of the garden in full bloom. I'm basically wanting to fade between the shots, in a sort of super time lapse.

The regular stock sites don't seem to have anything like this, but maybe I'm just not using the right search terms. I thought Flickr would be good, but the best I can find there is just before and after pictures of entire yard redesigns

Does anyone have any tips for sites to check, or know where I could get pictures like this? I'm definitely willing to pay for images, and I wouldn't be opposed to finding a gardening blogger/photographer and purchasing images from them either.

Bonus points for fall planted bulbs, but at this point I'll take what I can get.

posted by Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug to Media & Arts (6 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
The controlled vocabularies that stock sites use may contain before and after or time lapse. This, however, is dependent upon the vendor or keyworder supplying the term. When I was a keyworder, I looked at hundreds and thousands of images and the concept you describe is uncommon. The most saleable imagery tends to be the most cliched!

A few agencies, like Inmagine, offer free research, so that might help. You may just have to composite several photos.
posted by Calzephyr at 11:51 AM on May 10, 2011

Have you tried
posted by cda at 3:11 PM on May 10, 2011

Try "landscaping" as one of your search terms, as the companies' websites may have some promotional before/after photos of work they've done setting up gardens.
posted by desertface at 3:32 PM on May 10, 2011

I can find a lot of before and after shots of gardens, but they all seem to have garden paths that were moved or something similar. I think I understand what you are going for. A shot that you can fade from one into another and have everything be situated in the same place.
posted by gregjunior at 5:05 PM on May 15, 2011

Calzephyr: I hadn't heard of Inmagine, and their 24 hour response looked very promising. But I filled out their research form a week ago...and haven't heard back. I guess I stumped them, too/

cda: Thanks for the tip, but unfortunately I still couldn't find what I'm looking for.

desertface: I have tried landscaping, but like I mentioned it tends to get me results full of pictures of terraformed yards. I really just need a garden bed.

gregjunior: Exactly! But it doesn't seem to exist. I guess I know what's first on my list of things to shoot if I ever start selling stock photography!

In the end, we're just going to composite a bunch of flowers into a picture of an empty garden. It's not ideal, but I should work for this project.
posted by Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug at 10:20 AM on May 16, 2011

Maybe too late, but i just came accross this cool gardening project in Berlin, and they have a pretty impressive before/after right here
Made me remember your question.
good luck with your project!
posted by PardonMyFrench at 9:33 AM on May 18, 2011

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