Last week my wife and I made a very quick visit to the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens. This article features a selection of flower and foliage images that I captured during our short visit.
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I wasn’t sure what to expect going to the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens so late in the season. All I could do was keep an open mind and look for whatever opportunities presented themselves.
It has been well over a year since I had the opportunity to use the M.Zuiko PRO 12-100 mm f/4 IS zoom lens. I spent most of my time just getting used to the focal range and trying a few different compositions.
We arrived about 2:30 in the afternoon on a bright, almost cloudless day… so not the best conditions for flower photography. I spent some of my time looking for flowers in dark shade. It was very breezy in certain locations which necessitated fast shutter speeds on occasion.
I selected a few different backgrounds for my flower images to see what kind of effects I could create. Some worked better than others.
I also looked for opportunities to photograph some fine details like spider webs on some of the flowers.
Finding some direct sunlight illuminating blossoms against a shaded background was a bonus on such a bright afternoon.
Framing a complex flower formation up against the monochromatic blue sky helped to accentuate some of its details.
The repeating pattern created by these tall grass stems caught my eye.
Doing a bit of work in post helped accentuate some of the natural contrast that I found during our visit. In the case of the image above, I darkened the shadows and also added some black to the image.
This single blossom was one of my favourite photographs captured during our 75-minute visit to the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens.
Photographs were captured hand-held using camera gear as noted in the EXIF data. Images were produced from RAW files using my standard process.
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