There are times when things just seem to fall in place. Something out of the ordinary for me this week as I helped a friend by transporting her horse up to New Bolton Vet services in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania.
The best part of this is that the facility is less than ten minutes away from one of my favorite places to visit ~ Longwood Gardens. This time of year is Orchids and Blue poppies and if it wasn’t for this trip, I’m not sure if I would have made it this year. So I threw my Macro kit bag into the car along with a tripod and off I went.
Allowing myself an hour at the gardens before I headed off to pick up the horse I was hoping that I would be able to get some worthwhile images with in the short time I gave myself.
Beginning with my Canon 180mm macro lens on the Canon 5D Mark III, I set the kit on a tripod, and dialed in for maximum depth of field with an f/29 and quickly went to work.
But the real estate in front of the two small beds was tight, and I wanted to have some additional flexibility so off the tripod I went, handholding the kit. This meant that I had to have a more shallow depth of field to allow more light in.
But the true magic happened when I pulled out my newly acquired Lensbaby Velvet 56. Oh so soft and lovely it is. I’ve learned that when it is at a low f-stop like f/2.8 it intentionally softens the entire image.
Open it up to something like a f/5.6 then the spot of focus opens up and the lens softens the edges of the image.
I wish I could have more time in the gardens, but for a quick photo shoot I have to thank all of the years of practice, the weeks and months of photographing every day. Also, studying other people’s work like Denise Ippolito and Kathleen Clemons that helps me to get a vision of where to go with creating compositions in my floral photography.
The best part of the day though was coming across the path of fellow blogger Terry Jackson. I wish I had gotten more information from her, like..the name of her blog…as I would love to give her a shout out here. It was a great pleasure meeting her, and hopefully she’ll chime in here and share her images of the blue poppies from yesterday as well.
Off I go..it’s cherry blossoms tomorrow!