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Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Earth laughs in flowers.” I had two out-of-town visitors last weekend, and I took them to the U.S. Botanic Garden Conservatory. Both ladies are photographers, which made it even more enjoyable. Nobody was rushed, and we helped each other with camera settings and offered composition ideas. I will write more about their visit in another post.

In the conservatory, the skylights provide plenty of natural light; however, this can produce harsh shadows — some flowers are illuminated nicely while others are not. This time I wanted to try some new techniques such as using my new  Canon Speedlight 580EX II for fill flash, and in lieu of my macro lens, I chose my manually focused Zeiss 50mm lens. I am happy with the results. What do you think? And, if I incorrectly identified any of the flowers, please let me know!

NOTE: Click on pictures for larger version, but please don’t steal my work — see my copyright notice below. If you’d like to use any of my images, send me a message. If you’re a charitable organization or an educational institution, my answer will probably be “yes.” But please, ask me first. Thank you.

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Cattleya aclandiae

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Cambria orchid

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