Of the 5 seasonal flower shows at the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory in Como Park, the one I visit the least is the Fall Flower Show. Now I know why – it’s boring. Some ordinary mums mixed in with some chili peppers and olives. Since I didn’t feel like there was much to shoot, I decided to process the photos in a more dramatic style. It helped, but there wasn’t much else I could do with them.
Every summer the water garden surrounding the Como Zoo & Conservatory has these amazing water lilies. The size, amount, and variety of lilies is so colorful and interesting, and I just love to shoot them. I wonder how hard it is to tend a water garden like this?
Summer evenings are great because the light lasts for such a long time and we’ve been having some very nice ones lately. Last night I took my camera down to Como Lake and walked the entire 2 miles around it, shooting some photos as the sun was going down. Even though it was near sunset, the sun was still pretty strong so I applied some presets in Lightroom to soften the images a bit. I didn’t use the same presets for each photo so it doesn’t look completely uniform, but I tend to treat each image separately when I’m editing, even if part of a larger collection. This is probably why I don’t feel like I have a very strong signature look or style like many photographers do. To me it seems to make more sense to treat each photo completely independently and edit it in a way that enhances that particular image.
Summer is officially here now which reminds me that I really should get over to the Como Conservatory to shoot the Summer Flower Show. This collage is from the most recent Spring Flower Show. I think for the summer show I’ll take my extension tube and try some macro shots.