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Floral Friday

Only one flower today, I’m afraid I’ve been a bit slack with the macros this week. I’ve been busy and I have the Canon 5D4 I need to play with before it goes back. However, spring is almost here and flowers are starting to appear everywhere, so I will be back getting heaps again soon.
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Last weekend I showed you some photos of the grounds at Alowyn Gardens and I said I would show you some of the flowers. I forgot until Julie mentioned it, so thought I should do some. I haven’t done many, if I’m honest a lot of the flowers were past it, and you could tell winter was starting to set in. I do love winter, but it isn’t a good time for flower macro photography.
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This afternoon a friend picked me up so we could go to Alowyn Gardens in Yarra Glen for some macro photography. I am still trying out the Samyang 100mm lens and thought it would be a great opportunity to use it.

There were a lot of flowers out, so it ended up being a quick trip, but that didn’t matter. I still got some lovely shots, have coffee and a catch up with Suzzanna.
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Here we are on Easter Sunday and I haven’t been doing a lot. This morning I spent some time in the garden with the Lensbaby Velvet 56 and Samyang 100mm Macro lens.

The garden is starting to shut down for the winter, but there are still enough flowers to get some photos. I was experimenting with the close up filter and one of the extension rings I have. It was nice. A friend came over and we found a praying mantis, so we set up a dahlia so we could put it on it and take photos.
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One of the benefits of being a contributer/writer for Digital Photography School is that I get to try out a lot of new gear. It can be good, see what is happening out there, but in some ways it can be terrible, especially when I really like something and have to give it back. Still I usually get over it and then something else arrives that I fall in love with.
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The Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show is almost over now and while I only went a couple of times it was great to be there again. I took hundreds of photos, some better than others, but still, it got me back into some macro photography. I really enjoyed playing around with the macro lens and the Lensbaby Velvet 56.
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Earlier in the week I received an email to tell me that my application for accreditation to the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show was accepted. I’m looking forward to spending some time there, for photography, and also to get some ideas for my own garden. I thought today I might take a look at previous visits from the last couple of years. I’m going to repost a blog from 2015. 
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This last week has seen me out and about a bit, and this morning was no different. I went to Alowyn Gardens in Yarra Glen, really for my weekend wanderings. It is a display garden and nursery, plus a great place for photography.

I love going there for macro photography and every time I go, there is something different flowering. It is fantastic, the garden I wish I had.

It is open every day from 10am to 5pm. There is an entry fee of $10 to go into the gardens.

There is also a cafe where you can get a coffee and cake after you have looked around, or before.

Don’t forget to check out the nursery to see what you might bring home for your own garden.

It is a very popular place for weddings and on weekends they are often getting ready for them.

Flowers through the Lens

Macro photography Class

I will be running a macro photography class on 4th of December at Alowyn Gardens. It will be starting at 10am and will go until 2pm and includes lunch. Here are more details.

Where: Alowyn Gardens, 1210 Melba Highway, Yarra Glen

Time: 10am to 2pm

Cost: $150, includes lunch

To Book: Call Alowyn Gardens (03) 9730 2400

The class will demonstrate many of Lensbaby lenses and optics. It will also look at other ways of doing macro photography and you will be given an opportunity to get out into the gardens to take your own photos.

Photos

I have some photos from the gardens this morning. I was experimenting with the Lensbaby Velvet 56. I have been taking macro shots with it for a while now, and today I wanted to try some other things. It was nice to do some things where the focus wasn’t totally on the flowers. I’m sure you will love seeing the gardens and what is there.