Macro Magic in the Royal Botanic Gardens

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.

Meeting point

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.

Photo Tips

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.

Beth

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  • maria p.

    Great afternoon/day, well organised as always.
    Yummy scones at the tea rooms - must go back and do that again.
    Down load photos tomorrow - had another big day out today.

    1 · November 17, 2013

  • Scott

    What a wonderful day out. I arrived late but still meet a few people along the way. Looking forward to the next meet up!

    1 · November 17, 2013

  • Peter H.

    Great fun and very well organised as usual by Beth. Thanks for yet another great meetup Beth.

    1 · November 17, 2013

  • Chris

    A nice day and night, met great people and a bonus to have events transcend photography. Thanks for organising Beth!

    1 · November 17, 2013

  • Chris

    A nice day and night, met great people and a bonus to have events transcend photography. Thanks for organising Beth!

    2 · November 17, 2013

  • Christopher S.

    Thanks guys for the awesome time! Looking forward to the next trip. Fantastic company I must say :)

    1 · November 16, 2013

  • Robert S.

    Unable to attend Still recovering from hernia op Should be a good day All the best

    1 · November 16, 2013

    • Beth J.

      Get better Robert! See you at the next event

      1 · November 16, 2013

    • Barbsie

      take rest Robert!

      1 · November 16, 2013

  • Richard F.

    My first time - great to be walking around with like minded companions. Thanks Beth

    November 16, 2013

  • Jeffrey C

    Dinner at Petaling Street Restaurant at corner of Jefferson & Lt Burke.

    November 16, 2013

    • Jeffrey C

      Should be Heffernan Street.

      November 16, 2013

  • Igor Y.

    Great meetup as always, friendly people, great surroundings. Thank you Beth for organising it.

    1 · November 16, 2013

  • Beth J.

    Heading to the pub now be there by six 5:40

    November 16, 2013

    • William L

      Hey Beth, great to finally meet everyone today. Unfortunately I've just been told of a family dinner, so have to skip the pub this time.

      See you all next time :)

      1 · November 16, 2013

  • Michelle H.

    Sorry, got my days mixed up; thought it was tmrw. Was looking forward to it

    November 16, 2013

  • Beth J.

    Several of us are now down at the tearooms by the lake called the terrace 4:00pm

    November 16, 2013

  • David H.

    Tied up at work. Unfortuneately can't make it today.

    November 16, 2013

  • Barbsie

    Running late if any other late people will see you there and hope to find the group

    1 · November 16, 2013

  • William L

    Running a little late. I'll be therr in 15 minutes or so

    November 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    So sorry, last minute family issue....and I am overseas next week for 10 days. Really hope to try and join in when I return Have a great day, Jenny

    November 16, 2013

  • Gunawan

    cant wait for 3pm :-)

    November 16, 2013

  • Dawn

    SORRY! Thought the garden visit was Sunday not Saturday. Sorry (again), I can't make it.
    Hope you all have a good clicking day...

    November 16, 2013

  • Tobi F.

    Weather forecast is good!.. showers in the morning then clearing and sunny!

    3 · November 15, 2013

    • Beth J.

      Geez I hope you're right!!

      1 · November 16, 2013

  • Lucinda

    Hi All, this is my first photography meetup, really looking forward to meeting you and spending some time in nature today. See you at 3.

    November 16, 2013

  • Noryda R.

    Hi really looking forward to this afternoon and meeting everyone...and of course taking some awesome photos!

    November 16, 2013

  • Kristen

    I'll probably be late to this one so I hope to catch up with a few of you there ... I'll most likely be found in the herb garden, my favourite part.

    1 · November 15, 2013

  • Beth J.

    Looking forward seeing you all tomorrow nature lovers! Please be on time and keep your RSVP up to date, cheers! B

    3 · November 15, 2013

  • Arun K.

    Sounds fun wish I joined early to plan for this meetup...have some commitment at the same time :(

    November 12, 2013

  • Beth J.

    The gardens are a big area and it's hard to explain where you are once you get going. I'll be down at the Cafe by the lake after we meet

    November 12, 2013

    • David Q.

      I should be able to get there on time. Well I hope lol

      November 12, 2013

  • Jerry M.

    moving houses so cant make it. have fun togs!

    1 · November 11, 2013

  • David Q.

    I may be running a little late is there anyway of finding out where u guys will be

    November 11, 2013

  • David H.

    Am working in the morning and hoping to get there on time.

    November 10, 2013

  • Jade

    This sounds like a great Meet Up - unfortunately I can't make it as I'm overseas for the next couple of weeks. Have fun - looking forward to seeing some pics!

    November 10, 2013

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