Just add water

It is amazing how a little water can make things more interesting.  These day lilies are beautiful all on their own but adding water drops make the image quite different.  Those little spots of water shining in the sun and dripping off the edges adds another layer of things to look at.

Some photographers carry spray bottles or splash pond water onto subjects they are shooting.  I guess that is fine but I prefer to see this when it occurs naturally.  Catching the early morning dew or times just after a rain are wonderful.  These times also seem to have more interesting light in general so it is a great opportunity to get special images.

There’s no substitute for great light and an interesting subject.  With a little luck, you might get some water elements included.  This is the best!

Atlanta Botanical Garden
Gainesville, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
270mm @ f/16 – 1/40 sec – ISO 400

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Jewel of the Lily Pond

The Lily Pond at the Atlanta Botanical Garden in Gainesville is a serene spot that invites visitors to sit happily and enjoy the scenery.  This is one of the many beautiful blossoms that we saw on our visit last weekend.  It’s definitely somewhere we will go back to hopefully, soon.

Atlanta Botanical Garden
Gainesville, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
210mm @ f/10 – 1/250 sec – ISO 400

Allamanda schottii

The Atlanta Botanical Garden in Gainesville is covered with many beautiful plants and flowers.  This variety is a plant native to Brasil which appears to do very well in the Georgia climate.  Most of the plants in the family Allamanda are vines but this one is a bush form which is commonly known as Bush Allamanda.

I love the beautiful yellow flowers which were covered with raindrops on this cloudy morning.  I think we will have to return to the Gainesville gardens often to see how things change as the year goes on.

Atlanta Botanical Garden
Gainesville, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
300mm @ f/8 – 1/400 sec – ISO 400

White Lotus

The Atlanta Botanical Garden in Gainesville has a nice water lily pond just outside it’s main entrance to the garden.  There is a mix of Egyptian Lotus type lilies like this one and tropical lilies which you more often see.

This was much more challenging of a shot than I thought it would be.  This white lotus was near the edge of the pond but to see the yellow center, you had to go way off to the side and lean over the rail.  I wanted to get in as close as I could to capture the center of the flower and the rain drops that covered the petals.  It took some chair moving and lots of changing of angles before I found a good vantage point.

The calm water behind this flower made for a beautiful background and I am pleased with the final image.  Hope you like it too.

Atlanta Botanical Garden
Gainesville, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
300mm @ f/8 – 1/400 sec – ISO 400

Failure to Launch

I was invited to help with photography for the John Hunter Regatta at the Lake Lanier Olympic Rowing Course in Gainesville, Georgia this past weekend.  It was my first time experiencing a rowing regatta and it was a lot of fun.  This was a special treat because I was able to get in close on the teams while they were preparing for races as well as when they were on the course.

One of my favorite moments over the weekend was the scene above.  I was watching teams launch their boats and saw this one from Northwestern University.  They brought the boat down the ramp and went through the same routine as other teams – Lift overhead, filp the boat, reach out and in, then get the oars set and the rowers into the boat and they were off.  Or so it would seem…

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The next thing I knew, the boat was upside down and the team members were swimming.  It happened that just as the Northwestern boat was passing by the end of the dock, another team was in the process of dropping their boat in and the oars got tangled and capsized them.  The second team ended up with their boat sideways but they were able to pull it back out without going into the water.

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After a fair amount of effort to get the team out of the water and then haul the boat up on the dock, they picked it up and all that water dumped out on their heads.  As it turned out, the Northwestern team was able to re-launch and participate in the race but I bet it was very uncomfortable rowing out there soaking wet!

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John Hunter Regatta 2017
Lake Lanier Olympic Course
Gainesville, Georgia

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Nikon D7100
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G
85mm @ f/10 –  1/400 sec – ISO 400

Texture and detail

There was so much to see at the Simpson Farm that I had to return to my images and share a few more.  Vintage chrome and steel can’t quite stand up to the forces of nature.  The effects of rain and sun and wind wear things down over the years but this also reveals interesting patterns and colors.  I’m sure these cars were once bright and shiny but the slow deterioration of these metal hulks gives great textures to explore.

Nature always reclaims it’s own over time.  Watching the progress can give us some impressive images along the way.

The Simpson Farm
3930 Roy Parks Road
Gainesville, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Nikon 105mm f/2.8 AF Micro-Nikkor
105mm @ f/22 –  1/60 sec – ISO 100

Arrival of the Mayflower

It is interesting to look at old hood ornaments and discover how they came to be the symbol for a car company.  Plymouth was introduced in 1923 as Chrysler’s first low-cost model.  The logo featured the ship Mayflower which landed at Plymouth Rock in Plymouth, Massachusetts. However, the inspiration for the Plymouth brand name came from Plymouth binder twine, produced by the Plymouth Cordage Company, and was chosen due to the popularity of the twine among farmers.

The Mayflower appeared on Plymouth hoods from its introduction up until the 1940’s when the design morphed into a rocket-ship.  This one is from approximately 1939.

The Simpson Farm
3930 Roy Parks Road
Gainesville, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Nikon 105mm f/2.8 AF Micro-Nikkor
105mm @ f/2.8 –  1/1250 sec – ISO 100