It’s been mild recently, and spring comes early to Southern California anyway. So that means it’s an early camelia season. Yesterday’s stroll through the gardens produced a wealth of camelia pictures. Herewith a few.
Technical: All shot with the Nikon D200. (On my previous visit to the gardens, I used the new Fuji X100. I have to say that I don’t think the Nikon lenses quite as sharp as the Fuji.) ISO 400. All shot with AF-S VR DX Micro-Nikkor 105 mm f/2.8. Handheld, VR on. Most images were shutter-priority, starting at around 1/200 sec. After the camera set the lens, though, aperture was sometimes adjusted to a wider opening if not there already to assure narrow depth of field. This usually ended up about f/3 or f/3.5. (A smaller aperture might have been sharper.) Some images were shot with fill light supplied by the ring flash on the lens. All shot Raw, adjusted in Lightroom and Nik. Some images have had detail increased and some have have been softened. (All images copyright Joanne Mason 2012.)
I’ll have to head back to the gardens (→Descanso Gardens) soon, this is just the start of the camelia season!