Weekend Wanderings – Royal Botanical Gardens Through a Macro Lens
On Thursday was another Social Snappers Photography Excursion, this time to the Royal Botanical Gardens here in Melbourne. We had a gorgeous day for it, again, spring has certainly come to Melbourne. I took the Macro lens with me again and had already decided before I go there that I would probably shoot with it the whole time I was there. I did.
I was there just over twelve months ago and while I think there weren’t many flowers out at that time, on Thursday it was an absolute delight and we were greeted by new flowers in every direction we went. I took so many photos, and it was so wonderful to have the macro lens to take photos with. Again, I used auto focus with all of these and I was hand holding the camera. The weather being great meant I could get fast shutter speeds.
The bees were also out in force. I was surprised to get two bees on the one flower and I stayed there for a while to get them. The Tamron 90mm macro lens has been fantastic. I have really enjoyed using it, I have to say if I was looking for an alternative to Nikon or Canon, I would definitely consider it. It has been great having it, but with only having it for a short time, it also means that I don’t really get time to explore with it or experiment more. Though, I have used it far more than I thought I would. I have been finding ways of using it constantly, I think I will miss it a lot when it goes back.
One thing I think we forget when we use macro lenses is that you can use them as normal lenses as well. I tried to take shots that weren’t just close ups as well. I thought it would be good to take some photos of the overall things we saw, and the details.
There were so many wonderful flowers there, which is hardly surprising when you consider it is the main garden for Melbourne. It has lots of exotic and indigenous plants. I probably should have taken photos of the names as well, but I really didn’t think of it. So you will all just have to enjoy the flowers.
There were even eels in the water, and they were easy to take photos of. I hope they were eels.
It was a great first outing for the Thursday Social Snappers Photography Excursion, and we had a great time there. If you love photographing flowers then the Royal Botanical Gardens are fantastic right now. You won’t get bored.
Over all, the macro lens has been fantastic, it is fairly light and easy to use. I think it is a great alternative, as I said, to other more expensive macros. If you really can’t afford a Nikon or Canon macro, then I think the Tamron would do really well. I still don’t have any money for any right now, so I will have to wait.
My weekend is half over, and we are still getting the wonderful weather. I have a gallery for you, it was very hard to pick which photos to use, so you might see some more in another post. Enjoy your day.