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….