Floral Friday – Dunedin Botanical Gardens

Floral Friday - Dunedin Botanical Gardens

For the Floral Friday post today I thought it might be nice to show you some photos I took when visiting the Dunedin Botanical Gardens. I took a few, but have only prepared three.

Floral Friday - Dunedin Botanical Gardens

Floral Friday – Dunedin Botanical Gardens

There is no doubt that I love macro photography. However, when I was in New Zealand the biggest problem I had was no macro lens. Because I only had the Fujifilm X-T3 on loan, I had to compromise. It seemed the best way to do any was to use the XF18-135mm lens and see what I could get with it.

It is never easy using a zoom lens when you are so used to being able to get really close. I’ve been using a macro lens for a quite a few years now and I love them. It was interesting going back to how I had to do them before I had it and all the other macro gear I have. It was easy in a way, just open up the aperture and click.

One of the biggest problems I have with the idea of converting to a mirrorless system is that I have a lot of stuff for macro photography. It would cost me quite a bit to replace it all and I’m not sure I want to do that. I was given a lot of stuff too when a company closed down. Macro is something that I love too much to give up.

Time is something I feel I need here. I’ve been preparing my own garden for it, so I need to think more.


There are three images for this post. It seemed like an idea to pick just white ones. No idea why really. Well, why not. I hope you like them as well.

Oh, I should mention that I don’t know what they are. One might be a rose or a camelia. One a daisy, but who knows. The last, no idea at all. Just enjoy.

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  1. Really beautiful flowers, Leanne. The study in white is gorgeous, especially with the difference in the texture of the 3 flowers. Very striking! Please do not give up your macro gear. Love it.

    1. Thank you Tim, that is great to hear. Oh, I really don’t want to give it up, so it is something I am going to have to think about quite a bit.

  2. Lovely images Leanne. Since moving to Sony I use my 18-135 pretty well exclusively for flower images. I just love the focus peaking when in Manual focus and find that I can now get those stamens in the centre of the flower as sharp as a tack.

  3. The Fuji 80mm f2.8 is a stellar macro lens but not cheap. You could get an adaptor and use your Nikon macro lens with manual focus as an interim measure.

    1. It is something to think about and I think I need to think about it all for a while longer. It is all the other stuff I have that would be a problem. It isn’t good being a poor photographer. Thanks Murray.

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