Selby Botanical Gardens
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Consider the dizzying array of photo ops and overwhelming beauty of the Selby Botanical Gardens before balking too much at the $20 entry fee, (unless you are a member), and the distance between Sarasota and Tampa, as reasons to ignore this workshop, which even with no camera at all is still worth the visit.
Our DPA instructor presented us with the challenge of editing 129 of his images of the property and the selection we made does not do justice to the wonder and splendor of Selby Botanical Gardens.
Your camera will be overjoyed at the saturated colors and variety of flower photos, and your instructor will help you focus on them in a number of different composition techniques whether a Leading Lines of splendid single colored blossoms for the viewers of your images to get lost in, or a Depth of Field technique to blur a background and focus on a single specimen. Focus on Macro photography to create a photographic parallel universe or go for a broad panoramic peppered with different colors, shapes and juxtapositions for results that create a metaphor of a happy little world with hidden elves and other fanciful friends.
Learn the technique of contrasting color photography as well as blended colors which invite a viewer to endlessly gaze at an image that channels the old world created by the Impressionist painters of centuries ago. Fill your frame from edge to edge to allow your photos to bring you beyond the objects themselves to a study in vibrant colors and shapes no matter what the specific objects and plants may be.
As you meander with your instructor and group along winding soothing wooden walkways, you have the option of glorious flowers of every color, alien looking cacti and other-worldly Banyan trees with above ground tentacle-like roots which seem to go on forever and ever. Beyond the splendid flowers, develop your shutter speed priority options with the waterfall, caught in stop action clarity or velvety smooth flow.
Then there is the waterscapes, colorful and zany sculptures within the gardens, set off by oversized proportions, or an array of buddha sculptures nestled within the foliage with bamboo backdrops to create tranquil still lives. Even the ground coverings offer close ups for photographic abstract art as does the glass structure of the arboretum.
Make time for the Selby Botanical Gardens. They are quite spectacular.
900 S Palm Ave,
Sarasota, FL 34236
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