Mar 15, 2011

Greenhouse Garden Photography

Last week I went back to the local botanical greenhouse at Wellesley College. It is only a 20 to 25 minutes drive from my house and I only discovered it recently. It is a hidden gem and it helps me to stay focused on my flower photography during the frigid New England winter months that otherwise would not be very productive. This time I shared the greenhouse with a garden club on a tour.

I first encountered blooming lilies that I captured in macro mode. I then moved on to the next area where ivory yellow tulip like flowers were in full bloom. The scent in this area was amazing and a delight for all of us. Here I also found a single Camellia flower blooming. I isolated the floral from the branches and focused around its center. I choose to underexpose this image slightly to bring out its beautiful colors. The soft focus gives it a dreamlike feeling.

My next stop was the tropical area where a huge screw pine in the middle of the room dominates. It immediately catches your eye when you walk in and I hadn't been able to come away with a decent image until this very last visit. That day I used my macro lens and focused on the leaf edges with their red sharp teeth. In "How am I Different" I located one tooth that stood out from the others in color and composed around it. In my second photograph of the screw pine I composed an abstract nature photograph around the lines of leaves.


  1. What amazing pictures. They really are something special, there detail and colour are attractive and vibrant.

  2. Thanks so much for commenting GHWH ... you made my morning! Glad you enjoyed the post and my flower photography pictures. My best, Juergen