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Macro Photography – Denver Botanic Gardens

One of the problems with Macro Photography is getting the backgrounds right. Some folks will solve this by bringing their own background and placing it behind the subject.  Tony Sweet suggests taking pictures of out of focus flowers and bringing the picture.  Other folks I know will just bring dark cloth.
Orchid at Denver Botanic GardensIn this shot, I solved it by getting very close, and using the flower itself as the background.
My plans that day, was to shoot some flowers to experiment with montages.  When I arrived at Denver Botanic Gardens, I discovered that they are holding an Orchid Showcase.  If you like photographing Orchids, they have a photo contest going on.

While this Orchid isn’t a good candidate for a montage, I have other shots that will work for that and will post one when I get a good one.

 

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Photographing Christmas Lights

Back in December I was out with Efrain Cruz’s Illuminate Workshops night photography group. It was an interesting experience since the protesters were out as well, and the Mall shuttle wasn’t running for a while.

Civic Center Park

We finally ended up at Civic Center Park and I caught this shot of the ampitheatre.

Civic Center Park

Civic Center Park

I liked the green lights toward the ceiling. I was wondering if it was ordinary cfls but came to the conclusion they were being festive with their holiday lights. This shot made me appreciate the L bracket I was using with the tripod head.