A poppy from Alowyn Gardens. Taking photos of it last week and watching the bees having a great time.
Yesterday, I had a trip to Alowyn Gardens. I think it is one of the best places to test lenses for macro photography. Right now there are flowers everywhere. It was fantastic to see it all.
As I’ve said previously, I’m testing the Lensbaby Velvet 85 which I’ve been loaned by Lensbaby. I knew that Alowyn Gardens would be a great place to test it out. Up until now I’ve really only tried it out in my garden and the city. I loved it in the city, but I have struggled with my garden. I have to say I was really impressed with it today. I really enjoyed using it there. I liked how it was a bit easier to photograph flowers that were a bit further away.
I did take the Velvet 56 with me, and I knew if I wasn’t happy with the 85 I would swap to it, but I didn’t. I didn’t feel the need to do that. I think the Velvet 85 would be a great lens for me when it comes to the flowers.
I have two images for you now, one was taken with 56 and the other with the 85.
There are all these articles that were written when I was doing the Dynamic Range Magazine, and it seems like such a waste that they were written and will never be seen again. I thought it might be nice to show them here, maybe one a week, see how we go. I thought I would start with one of mine. It was the first article I wrote for the magazine on macro photography.
It has been raining here quite a bit and the flowers in the garden are suffering from it a bit. They seem a bit soaked, or drenched, not sure. It is also nice to see that many things are starting to flower. I planted quite a few bulbs, so I’m looking forward to them flowering. I want to be able to have a garden that I can photograph all the time. It would be nice not to have to spend too much time travelling to other places to get photos of flowers.
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.