Gazanias in the park

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.

Group photo Gazanias
Group photo Gazanias

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.

Group photo gazanias
Another group photo

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.

Striped gazania - visible
Striped gazania – visible
Striped gazania - UV
Striped gazania – UV
Striped gazania - IDS1
Striped gazania – IDS1
Striped gazania - IDS2
Striped gazania – IDS2
Orange gazania - visible
Orange gazania – visible
Orange gazania - UV
Orange gazania – UV
Orange gazania - IDS1
Orange gazania – IDS1
Orange gazania - IDS2
Orange gazania – IDS2
White gazania - visible
White gazania – visible
White gazania - UV
White gazania – UV
White gazania - IDS2
White gazania – IDS1
White gazania - IDS1
White gazania – IDS2
Pink gazania - visible
Pink gazania – visible
Pink gazania -  UV
Pink gazania – UV
Pink gazania -  IDS1
Pink gazania – IDS1
Pink gazania -  IDS2
Pink gazania – IDS2
Cream gazania - visible
Cream gazania – visible
Cream gazania - UV
Cream gazania – UV
Cream gazania - IDS1
Cream gazania – IDS1
Cream gazania - IDS2
Cream gazania – IDS2
Striped gazania - visble
Striped gazania – visble
Striped gazania - UV
Striped gazania – UV
Striped gazania - IDS1
Striped gazania – IDS1
Striped gazania - IDS2
Striped gazania – IDS2I

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.

Boon

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.