This year I visited the Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm and spent time shooting tulips-still working on some of those-not as happy about them as I'd like to be. BUT, the Schreiner's Iris Gardens! I was past the season for the iris fields, but their garden is glorious. I tried some shots with the wide angle trying to capture it, but I didn't like them. There was no way they did justice. I did get some wonderful iris photos as well as several botanicals, peonies, and poppies.
While there another enthusiast told me about Adelman Peony Gardens - WOW! Simple, elegant and while not as extensive as Schreiner's it was beautifully laid out. Many of the Peonies were past their prime and the blooms were removed-but there were more than enough that I spent 2-3 hours wandering around with camera and tripod. I think in full bloom I would end up with more photos than I could process and decide which were the best.
One thing I am thoroughly happy with is I am more in sync with my camera and composition was flowing. I did very little post processing or tweaking, weather was perfect, cool, blue skies with enough clouds for great light and illumination to backlight some of the blooms. I love it when I can see light through the petals. I took a couple of pictures featuring Lupine with roses in the background. I couldn't decide whether I like the Lupine sharp and the roses soft or visa versa.
I hope you enjoy my latest photos and you can find them under All Photos - New Works