Sunday, 13 May 2012

Kew Gardens - EPIC photography post

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.

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Starting off near Temperate House, some ducks investigated us:


And then a peacock!
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He eventually ran away, and we moved on to the Japanese Garden.

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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.


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Then we strolled up to the Bluebell Wood, where I found pretty flowers and shadows to play with.

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And then there were bees!
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And then I found the monochrome setting on my camera again, and also some nice branches against the sky.
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And then more bees! ... with forgetting that my camera was set to monochrome.

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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.

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Of course, being a very old glasshouse (one of the oldest in the world, I was told) there was some interesting architecture.

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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.