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Lamberton Conservatory

The voters have spoken and it’s a tie. As the vote for Lamberton came in first, I will post it first. But not to worry, Letchworth will be coming up very soon.

For those of you who are not familiar with Lamberton, it’s a small but very well kept conservatory in Rochester, NY. They’ve got a great variety of tropical plants like orchids and bougainvillea.

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Garden Roses (and lighting tips)

As I’ve mentioned outdoor lighting–in other words, sunlight–is the best lighting when you can get it. That doesn’t mean it’s perfect though. Having such a bright light (and at an angle you can’t control unless you have all day) can pose problems. For instance I wanted to photograph my mom’s new David Austin roses. But no matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t get a good shot of them on the bush; the¬†blooms are so heavy that they sag and point down and, therefore, end up in shadow. So I cut off one of the prettiest blooms so I could move it into the light. That’s my best advice for shooting in direct sunlight:¬†move what you are shooting, if at all possible, so it is in the best light. (If it’s something that can’t be moved there are other tricks, like using your camera flash or an alternative light source to help light up shadowed spots.) Continue reading “Garden Roses (and lighting tips)”