Longwood Gardens

I was invited to Erynn’s high school field trip to Longwood Gardens.  I was thrilled to be able to go.  I have seen a lot of images from Longwood, and some are nice, don’t get me wrong, but mostly I see the same vision over and over again – the cutesy flowers, the perfect rose.  I wanted something different.

I decided to challenge myself with my 70-200/2.8.  This is not my first choice lens for shooting beautiful vegetation – I’d prefer a macro, but I gave Erynn one of my cameras and felt she would probably like shooting with a macro lens for her personal vision, and my second macro is currently out of commission.

We arrived almost midday and the lighting was terrible.  Someone there kind of scoffed when I was shooting in direct sun and said, “You need to come back when it is overcast, this is not the day for photographs.”  I kind of smiled and said, “But there are some good angles that still work.”  I knew he thought I was just a hobbyist and had no idea what I was doing.  But here’s the thing.  While midday is not the ideal time for any photographer, a true professional will find the light, the angle, the composition that works.  Challenge is what pushes an artist to better technique and new vision.  I was challenging myself to find interesting patterns and that special light hiding inside of all that harsh midday sun.

Here are some of the results…. fernflowerlongwoodcactus-rockprofessional-photography-longwoodlongwood-gardens-photographylongwood-gardensbonsailongwood-gardens-paplants-at-longwoodorchidfountainsgrapefruit-longwoodphotography-at-longwood-gardens

About Jodie Otte

Maryland Newborn Photographer and Child Portrait Artist, Jodie Holstein-Otte, specializes in unique photography of newborn babies, kids, and families. She works on location in Harford, Howard, Cecil, Anne Arundel, Baltimore and other areas throughout Maryland. She uses both both natural lighting and soft studio lighting techniques.