A few days ago I made a second trip to the Elizabeth Park rose garden in Hartford. This time I brought along a tripod, my full kit of lens, lights, and everything else that would fit in my pack. At the time it seemed like a good idea.
The tripod helped while shooting multiple images to merge into a single photo, however flowers don’t appear to be enhanced much more than they already are. Colors are vivid to begin with. So a traditional hand held camera shot works just as well. And is a great deal less awkward.
We also brought along a small spray bottle of water. Just a little mist in the sun creates a beautiful sparkle. Of course it is critical not to leave it in the back seat of the car!
Babies should be cute. No matter what I did to these images that was not happening here. I didn’t even try to sharpen the featured photo on this article.
We have Turkey and Black vultures along the Connecticut river valley. Most are Turkey vultures so that’s what I am assuming here.
This youngster was on a pole near the Connecticut river, not far from what looked like a dense fallen tree and good nest site. When stretching his wings it was clear he was still growing the heavy flight feathers.
No fear at all, hanging out in the sun waiting for something to happen. At this size even an Eagle would probably ignore him.
While not a pretty bird by any stretch I had to get these shots. How many of us really see them up close and not simply circling overhead.
The Maher Infirmary building at the old Seaside Sanatorium is one of the largest single buildings I have ever seen. At some point a lighthouse was added on each end of the structure. I don’t know if they were ever operational, but being right on the water front it does make sense, looks good too so it doesn’t matter.
The guard rails shown above run along the length of the second floor. Children with tuberculosis lived here and at the time part of the treatment was to line beds outside for open air sleeping.
In the center of the building a tall spire looks over the property. On top is an incredible weathervane.
Below is the ocean view from the front of the building.
Plans have been made to create a park on the property but until then the land and buildings stand abandoned. Except for photographers who visit daily.
I’m fairly sure it’s called the Elizabeth Park Rose Garden, at least that’s how I’ve always heard it referred to as. Within the garden there are many other flowers, besides roses grown. None of which I can name for you.
Besides their obvious beauty I thought they could be a perfect way to use the HDR (click here for HDR details) technique again. I’m hoping to get better at knowing when to use it.
As expected some images were better than the last time I shot flowers, and of course many not so much. These ‘not so much’ are long deleted.
Now that I have discovered I enjoy this type of challenge we are going back in the next few days.