A Different View with a 18mm to 135mm Lens
Take a tour of the Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens, Night Lights in the Gardens. It is beautiful display of lighted, topical plants that delights the garden visitors. See the post Night Lights in the Garden for images taken with a macro lens, all with a much tighter view of the gardens and plants.
Tripods were not allowed due to the high number of visitors each night, so some images are a bit blurred. Plus, the lights were moving, and this made getting clearly focused photographs much more difficult. In the previous post, I used that motion to my benefit to get some very interesting abstract compositions.
If you want to get a handle on photographing motion, here is a great site you can use to calculate and understand shutter speed. The calculator is a help when shooting objects in fast motion. It gives you an idea what shutter speed is good for certain situations. But, also remember, ISO and f-stop will play in as well.
The South Park property was created from 156 acres of farmland. The conservatory consists of three domes with the building constructed of glass, wood and steel. It’s design was based on Kew Gardens Palm House and the Crystal Palace.
The Special Events House that is used for lectures, talks, parties, and large groups.
The building was designed by Lord & Burnham, Co. and cost $130,000 to build from 1897 to 1899. It is one of only two tri-domed large Victorian conservatories in the US. Less than a dozen large Victorian conservatories remain in the US today.
Another look at the dome.
A trolley car ride took thousands of visitors to the 1901 Pan-Am Exhibition to see the South Park’s conservatory and botanical gardens. There are plant descendants from those on exhibition during this time. Families took begonias home after the expo and kept them alive, taking cuttings through the years. Some were donated back to the Botanical Gardens and remain there alive and well today.
This room was truly magical. Dizzying colored lights bounced off all the surfaces.
Today I received a survey to rate the exhibit, and I gave them very high marks. My only suggestion was to add more lights and highlight some of the individual plants a bit more. So many architectural plants could have been illuminated, like they did in the blue bonsai below.
Some of the most interesting displays were those with layered lighting.
Some of the plants in the Cactus room were very well-lit.
The lighting in this space was a bit dimmer than I would have preferred as a visitor, not necessarily as a photographer. There is a very interesting image of the sculpture to the left in my previous post.
The Fern House and Tropical Rain Forest waterfall.
Here are some very quick images I took with my iPhone at the event I attended last night on Valentine’s Day. Hearts in the Garden was a fundraiser to help promote the National Garden Festival to be held in Buffalo in 2012. The event last night was attended by over 200 garden enthusiasts and many members associated with the summer long Festival. The event coordinators put on a first class gathering and many thanks go out to these hard-working individuals. It was a most enjoyable evening spent in the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical gardens, complete with food and drink.
Lighted Heart in the Garden Painting on Glass Over a Light Box
Cupid Painting on Glass Over a Light Box
W4W on February 22 will be the word time. Now time to picture TIME.