I had been to the park nearby yesterday, so my daughters can cycle and walk the dog. The park does get different flowers planted into its flower beds each year. This year was the year for Gazanias and Rudbeckias, two of my favourite varieties of flowers.
Hence I decided I needed to go back again to shoot these flowers – I was determined to bring my tripod and not use flash. Hence I was dependent on the wind and weather cooperating with me.
Fortunately, there was enough calming down of the winds for me to take all the images I wanted; but this process did take much longer as a result, and I had to resort to using ISO 800 and F8 in aperture mode. As a comparison, I tend to use ISO 200 and F11 when shooting indoors, which requires 3-stops more exposure.
I really like Gazanias as there are so many different varieties, and each has a different UV and IDS signature. My wife thinks these are weeds (and evil-looking) but I disagree. I think they are the clowns of the UV world, perhaps to give the pollinators a visual feast while they go about their hard work.
Equipment used: Olympus EM-5, Coastal Optics 60mm F4, Baader U filter, Baader UV-IR cut filter, IDS1 & 2 filters, Giottos YTL-8354 tripod with Velbon V4 boom arm, Sirui ball head.