I belong to the London Photographic Meetup Group, and they organised an outing to Kew Gardens today. It was bright and sunny pretty much all day - lovely weather for shooting.
I spent 6 hours there, for a total of 500 photos (some of which sucked and were deleted). The full gallery is here. I used all my lenses, a lot. I didn't use my tripod. Also, thank you crumpler for making super-awesome-comfy neck straps. And super-awesome bags. I got many complements.
Since I took so many photos, I'm only going to put the small versions of the better ones here, with a little commentary. Click go to larger versions. The full gallery is here. As always, feedback, critique and criticism is welcome.
Starting off near Temperate House, some ducks investigated us:
And then a peacock!
He eventually ran away, and we moved on to the Japanese Garden.
And then we found some Art. By a bloke called David Nash - apparently he goes around finding dead trees, then carves and chars them into artwork.
Then we strolled up to the Bluebell Wood, where I found pretty flowers and shadows to play with.
And then there were bees!
And then I found the monochrome setting on my camera again, and also some nice branches against the sky.
And then more bees! ... with forgetting that my camera was set to monochrome.
At this point, we went for a restorative cup of tea. It was 1pm, and the meetup had started at 10am, so it was definitely time. After tea was had, we trooped off to Temperate House, where I found flowers.
Of course, being a very old glasshouse (one of the oldest in the world, I was told) there was some interesting architecture.
It was 5pm, my phone was flat, I'd lost all the people I'd started with ... so I went home. It was a great day out, and I only saw a fraction of the gardens. I'm planning on a repeat visit very soon, once my feet forgive me.
Overall, I'm pleased with the quality of my photography, especially considering how long it's been since I've done a proper photo walk.