|Dusk in a mid-century modern garden|
There is a real art to landscape lighting. In this article from Lighting Cast, they call out Depth as an important goal in lighting design:
Depth refers to the selective illumination of items and areas both near and far from the viewer. This brings a three-dimensional quality to the visual experience. In addition, it adds a participatory dynamism to the viewers world ...Such a design invites the viewer to participate in the illuminated world, to navigate among the illuminated objects, to see shifts in perspective, changes in shadows, and so on. Integrating depth into the landscape lighting design creates a rich and rewarding experience.I think our landscaper handled depth quite well. And economically, as we cut the lighting budget in half.
|Pathway lights add depth.|
But according to this article in gardenlightingproducts.com, you should avoid too many lights
|Up lights on a tree.|
I like this discussion of path lighting at lbartlett.com. Looks like we did it right!
Path lighting is probably the most popular and over used of all lighting techniques. Too much Path lighting creates a runway effect, a connect-the-dots game of lighting pathway areas ... The fixtures that are mushroom shaped work best as a directional ground light.
|Annie is still enjoying the quiet garden.|
|Bubbling pot is lit from inside and up lit as well.|
|Lighting really adds interest and the final touch to this mid-century|
modern landscape design.
|The moon comes up over the garden. The smaller light is a jet as|
we are in the flight path of the Orange County airport.
Eventually my photography assistant became totally dissatisfied with his behind the scenes job. First he tried his hand over the boiling cauldron.
Then he experimented by running down our path with the camera setting on low exposure.
Next he added a flashlight into the mix.
And finally he went back and changed into a black shirt for the full effect.
What do you think of the mid-century modern performance art?