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Destination Largo, Part 2: The Florida Botanical Gardens

I must have looked strange photographing every blooming thing in the Florida Botanical Gardens at 5 different camera settings, but no one looked twice.  The Florida Botanical Gardens is a great place to take a stroll, stop and smell the flowers, and practice photography.  On this particular visit, I was practicing photographing flowers up close at different apertures.  With the right setting, you can draw more attention to the flower and blur out distracting branches or leaves.

Bird of Paradise. Photographed at f/3.5.
Bird of Paradise. Photographed at f/3.5 in McKay Creek Plaza.

 

Cypress trees and more growing along McKay Creek within the Florida Botanical Gardens. Photographed at f/22 for maximum detail/depth of field.
Cypress trees and more growing along McKay Creek within the Florida Botanical Gardens. Photographed at f/22 for maximum detail/depth of field.

 

Turk's Cap Hibiscus. Photographed at f/3.2.
Turk’s Cap Hibiscus. Photographed at f/3.2 in the Herb Garden – the Turk’s Cap Hibiscus has an edible flower.

 

Bananas, from left to right: The Zan Moreno Banana, The Thousand Fingers Banana, and the Ice Cream Banana. Photographed at f/1.8 in the Tropical Fruit Garden.
Bananas, from left to right: The Banana Zan Moreno, The Thousand Fingers Banana, and the Ice Cream Banana. Photographed at f/1.8 in the Tropical Fruit Garden.

 

Beautiful bridges and walkways connect the different gardens within the greater Florida Botanical Gardens. This particular bridge, photographed at f/1.8, leads to the McKay Creek Plaza.
Beautiful bridges and walkways connect the different gardens within the greater Florida Botanical Gardens. The bridge in the background here, photographed at f/1.8, leads to McKay Creek Plaza.

 

Water Lily. Photographed at f/22 just outside the Visitor Information Center.
Water Lily. Photographed at f/22 just outside the Visitor Information Center.

 

Hungry Koi. I think this poor fish thought food was coming when I showed up with my camera. Photographed at 1/200th sec. shutter speed, ISO 10,000, aiming into the Visitor Center's Koi Pond.
Hungry Koi. I think this poor fish thought food was coming when I showed up with my camera. Photographed at 1/200th sec. shutter speed, ISO 10,000, aiming into the Visitor Center’s Koi Pond.

 

Kapok tree in black and white. Photographed from below at f/22.
Kapok tree in black and white. Photographed from below at f/22 because sometimes you don’t want to blur out the branches.

 

I had to use a flash to capture these backlit Kumquats.
I had to use a flash to capture these backlit Kumquats.

 

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I hope you have enjoyed the first two parts of Florida Illustrated’s “Destination Largo” series.  I will likely continue the series as I explore more of what Largo has to offer.  Anytime you want to view Florida Illustrated’s posts by city, you can always select that city from the top navigation menu under “By City.”  Now where to next?

Jennifer Ring

Jennifer Ring is a freelance writer & photographer living in the Tampa Bay area, on Florida’s west coast, home to some of the best beaches in the state.

http://flillustrated.com
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