We decided to get out of here for the day to Longwood Gardens, in Kennett Square, PA (about 1:45 from home). Sue wanted to get new instructional images for a presentation and I wanted to wring out our new D800E. We had bright overcast, which spread the soft light evenly throughout the conservatory. When getting into the conservatory, there was a lot of work going on cleaning, replanting, and preparing Longwood for the spring shows. It was interesting, because rather than being inundated with photo ops, I had to look a little harder and dig a little deeper. I didn’t shoot much, but for some reason had a high percentage of keepers.
The place was perfectly still when shooting the blog lead image, which enabled me to shoot a series of images for blending in Helicon Focus when we got home. I took 5 images, focusing on different places to get extreme sharpness in the stamen only.
I really like the D800E. Aside from the huge file sizes (220gb @ 16bit), the difference in sharpness from the D3X is slight, but the difference in dynamic range and file quality were very noticeable!
Here’s a small gallery from the day.
Among other topics, we’ll be talking flowers and getting geared up for spring flower photography at our March 17 Digital Photography Creativity Seminar in Essington, PA, just outside of Philly!
Thanks for visiting and we’ll see you online!