It's Spring time and we can't really go past the Botanic Gardens for magical macro closeup photography. Everything is budding and new.
Let's make it a later-in-the-day meeting to get the softer light with long shadows and hopefully less or even no wind so our little subjects are nicely illuminated and sitting patiently waiting for us to photograph them.
I'm a big fan of the ornamental lake down in the Gardens with the conveniently placed Terrace Cafe alongside it. So I for one will be bee-lining for that first to charge up on coffee, cake and splendid atmosphere darling before letting my lens take the lead (the cafe shuts at 5pm). As you like. The gardens is open to sunset which by my calculation means about 7:30pm.
This is the Royal Botanic Gardens website.
Entry is free, yay, we love freeeee!!
I propose a brew in the city afterwards how's about Young and Jackson's on the corner of Swanston and Flinders Street? Head over there when you're ready as we will surely get separated. No need to ring me on that, just head there and go upstairs to the 1st floor where Chloe is.
Buddy up with the new people to make them feel welcome.
We look forward to seeing you and we're disappointed at no-shows: please as a courtesy keep your rsvp up to date.
Please check your trusty maps and GPS's to locate the Observatory Precinct which contains the main visitor's centre, shop and a cafe, on Birdwood Ave. I'll wait outside.
Technically you don't actually need a macro lens, but we do tend to use this type of lens for closeup photography. In fact I don't own one, and I will use either my zoom lens at 70mm with the aperture wide open on F2.8 and I'll get in physically as close as that lens allows. Otherwise I may pull out my fun baby 50mm F1.2 and get that soft and dreamy look that I just love. Not a tripod fan and you shouldn't need it in the daylight. Just bump up your ISO a bit as the shadows creep in. The main thing is to make sure your subject is sitting in soft light, so no direct sun on those gorgeous soft little petals and leaves.
Delicate subject = delicate light.
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