Last Friday I popped over to RHS Hyde Hall as they had a free entry day, and I thought it would be nice to have a look about. It was a bit chilly, but I got a few pics, including these two.
The first (a Dogwood, in case you were wondering) is obviously lacking in some detail, but what drew me to the subject in the first place was the vibrant colour, so rather than show a tangle of coloured twigs, I decided to stand back, defocus the lens, shoot wide open and go for something with some oomph!
Pentax K-5, Sigma EX 105mm f/2.8 lens @ f/2.8, 1/180s, ISO200, handheld.
The second shot is all about the detail, a dead Gunnera leaf in the soft overcast light has masses of texture, and I liked the symmetry of this composition too. The muted colours are the polar opposite of the Dogwood photo, yet the two were taken just minutes, and feet, apart.
Pentax K-5, Sigma EX 105mm f/2.8 lens @ f/9.5, 1/10s, ISO80, tripod.
RHS Hyde Hall is a great garden to visit, and I can't wait to get back there again later in the year.