A great aspect of any botanical garden or conservatory is the sheer number of absolutely beautiful things to see (and photograph) nearly any direction you turn. The photographic challenge becomes how you compose your shots. How I usually do that is by focusing on small areas of a plant. As you start looking closely at the components of a leaf, flower, frond, it opens up an entirely different word of details, textures, and colors that you didn’t notice in passing.
This photograph is of water droplets sitting in the leaf of a tropical plant in Conservatory of Flowers’ Aquatic Room. Besides being very warm and humid in this wing of the conservatory, tripods are not allowed in the building. The walkways are not very wide and I can see how a tripod would just impede everyone else’s movement and enjoyment of the space. So to counteract the muted lighting, the small breeze from the overhead fans, and hand holding the camera, I had to rely on the higher ISO, the vibration reduction feature in the lens, and trying to use every trick I can remember to keep my body still.
EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center-weighted metering mode, ISO320, 200mm, f/5.6, 1/125 sec
San Francisco (CA), Droplets, Leaf Detail. San Francisco, CA. February 21, 2015. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.