I am a mum who is learning how to use my camera. I post on Instagram janes_photo_gallery. Having so much fun.
Published March 17th 2017
The forest in the city
Autumn has arrived according to our calendars, but our Adelaide weather has had different ideas. So until the autumn colours come in abundance go for a "macro walk" around the gardens. There's still plenty of colour around, which means bees and lady bugs if you look hard enough.
I use my Nikon camera and just change the setting to macro. I have a macro lens but it depends on the day and what gear you have. You don't have to spend a lot of money, just use what your camera settings allow, and enjoy. Always walk slow, I don't know how butterflies have seen me before I have seen them. The cactus area near the Palm house is beautiful when they flower.
I usually put lunch in my backpack and find some nice in the shade to sit and decide my next area to investigate. When I take my photos, I try to remember to take a photo of the name of the flower or animal and keep it on my computer for reference.
The ponds and creek through the gardens bring insects and ducks, so be ready to change from macro to a normal setting. It's a wonderful calm place to learn how to use your new camera or get back in touch with your old camera.
The Bicentennial Conservatory is beautiful. The rainforest plants and canopy make for a good photo opportunity. It has wheelchair access. The paths take you through the canopy. Watch for insects and spiders for those macro shots.
The Dahlia flowers are beautiful and there are many colours to see by late summer. And allow time for the International Rose Garden. One thing to remember is to not feed the birds; a lot of people give ducks and birds bread and that's not real good for them. So just watch them look for their food, you may get that one great shot. Enjoy and relax right in the heart of our city.