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After a week of unseasonably warm, Chicago, April weather, Mother Nature delivered a traditional April day: rainy and cold. But that did not stop the photographers.
Taking pictures, drinking tea, more pictures, and loosing feeling in our trigger fingers! And even a few tours of the gardens for our new visitors. Was it worth it? We think so, but decide for yourself. Take a look at some of the pictures.
And for you, our loyal readers, here are a few that we did not post anywhere else.
We had so much fun we will have to do this again. Based on so many conversations about cameras, technique, and even some technical details we are tweaking the program a little. Make sure you sign up for our newsletter and follow us on Facebook to be the first to know about the next Photo Day at Keeler Gardens.
This past Monday I had the chance to present on this topic on the Gardening Live Stage at the Chicago Flower and Garden Show. The full video is below for those of you who were not able to join us. The goal of the session was to help more people find a meaningful way to connect with nature.
One way that I connect with nature is through photography. I have been doing so since I got my first 110 camera when I was five years old. Very quickly I learned I was better at taking pictures of nature than people, although I did have a lot to learn.
Fast forward to today and we all have portable cameras in our pockets. What better way to stop and connect with nature than to take a picture. And not just snap a quick photo, but to stop, enjoy what we are experiencing, and then take a picture.
During the session I broke it down into simple steps to help us take photos we can be proud of and want to share with others. Some of the tips were:
Rule of thirds (don’t center the subject)
Use your camera’s grid
Keep camera in Auto mode, then switch to HDR
What’s Next? Instameet @ Keeler Gardens
Put your skills to use, meet with other photographers, and learn. Whether you have your smart phone, a DSLR, or an old 35mm camera, all are welcome. We will meet at Keeler Gardens at 1:30 PM on April 30th. If you need some help, come early at 1:00 PM and we can get you ready for the day. For more information and to RSVP head over to our Facebook Event Page. (If you don’t have Facebook, you can always send me an email for more details).
In my wilderness work there was a common phrase, “Take only pictures, leave only footprints.” Show us your pictures by using the hashtag #KeelerGardens so we can see your awesome pics on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter.