The Victoria State Rose Garden Werribee, Victoria – Australia proved to be a lovely photography adventure for hubby and I. Not far from where we live, and not too difficult to get around – with lots of beautiful blooming roses to view with they delightful scent to appreciate. It took two different visits to capture this selection of photographs. The first time we came a number of weeks before the opening show, and the second time, on the actual weekend opening, where we found most of the roses in full bloom! The Rose Garden has been in existence for 25 years. During that time it has been awarded the ‘Garden of Excellence’ which is easy to see why when strolling through its maze of rose garden beds. There are more than 5000 roses in the garden and approximately 600 rose varieties. Upon our departure and just outside the rose garden, we also spotted Masked Lapwing birds also known as Spur-winged Plovers stalking across green lawns, looking for embedded insects; and Red Wattle-birds high up in beautiful Silky Oak trees feeding on its bright yellow/orange flowers.
PHOTOGRAPHY EQUIPMENT USED
During this photography exercise – I used a compact system camera, a Sony A7 Mark II – Full Frame with a Sony A FE24-240mm F3.5-6.3 OSS Lens for the landscape photographs – hand-held and fixed to gimbal. For the bird photography I used the same camera but with my new (bird) lens, a Sigma150-600mm F5-6.3 DGOS HSM with a Sigma Mount Converter MC-11 mounted on a Wimberley WH-200 Gimbal Tripod Head II with quick release base. I also used my Apple iPhone 8 Plus mobile phone for quick spontaneous photographs and gain GPS location readings.
On my return home, I downloaded all the photographs into Adobe Lightroom Classic CC. I developed a small selection of photographs. During the process of developing them I was able to see what I needed to address during my next photographic adventure. Please find both above and below, the best of what I took during this photography adventure!
Being out-and-about experiencing the natural wonders of the world and the creatures it inhabits – really does rejuvenate the body and soul. Photography is just another way to improve one’s sense of wellbeing and at the same time – be creative!
Happy photography all – © Karen Robinson – December 2018
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