The W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory is a historic Victorian style conservatory that was built in Tacoma’s Wright Park in 1908.  There is an ever changing assortment of tropical plants and flowers that make great photographic subjects.  I visited on a combined field trip with the Olympia Photographer’s Meetup group and the Olympia Camera Club.  While most of my photography is centered around human subjects, I love the combined challenge of floral and macro photography.  It’s an opportunity to take something fairly common place and present it in an interesting and even abstract way.  I had just purchased a new macro lens, the Sigma 150MM f2.8 and was itching to try it out.  The majority of these shots were taken with that lens and I was impressed by it’s sharpness, color rendering, and bokeh (the characteristics of the out of focus areas of the image).  Shooting at its maximum aperture created a very shallow depth of field but the area of the image that was in focus was quite sharp, especially considering that I shot all of these images handheld.  You can see more from this shoot on my flickr

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