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by Simone Lee (subscribe)
I enjoy freelance creative writing and being a Mum to my two awesome boys.
Published October 3rd 2018
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I recently participated in an Orchids Photography session at Ezi-Gro Orchids Nursery in Darch, organised by Cyrus Roussilhes of Lighthouse Photography through the Perth Learn Photography Meetup and as part of the Act-Belong-Commit program.

Combining both the interests of photography and flora in one convenient location, the 2-hour experience started as a group and allowed for individual freedom to wander. As the activity got underway, it was pleasantly relaxing to take in the beauty as each person desired.

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The main idea of this meetup was to learn more on and sharpen "general photo taking skills," around the basis of using manual settings on your SLR camera, compact camera or smartphone, rather than the automatic functions we are so accustomed to.

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The $39 per person session Cyrus created allowed for the initial instruction and certain tips together to efficiently maximise time, which led into the flexibility of one-on-one questions or tutoring as needed.

I found Cyrus to be quite patient, accommodating the attendees personally and showing a great interest in the importance of the Act-Belong-Commit program. The meetup was casual yet informative with no pressures going over time.

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What you choose to learn on the day of a Perth Learn Photography Meetup is all up to the user. Smaller groups will inevitably allow for more tuition tailored to suit. I carried my usual smartphone (Samsung S8) and additionally my digital camera (Olympus E-PL1) to endeavour to learn some basic manual settings.

Honestly, smartphones are so convenient and comparable in the world of photo taking today. Dare to select what photos here come from the respective device. Smartphones can take absolutely crisp, vivid photos. Choosing which ones to keep is more of a problem.

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orchid photography; Perth Learn Photography; Meetup; how to take better photos; Ezi-Gro Orchids; orchids Western Australia; buy orchids Australia
Image courtesy of: Simone Lee Hepburn

orchid photography; Perth Learn Photography; Meetup; how to take better photos; Ezi-Gro Orchids; orchids Western Australia; buy orchids Australia
Image courtesy of: Simone Lee Hepburn

Before the end, I had already reverted back to the automatic functions of both devices and enjoyed the process just as much as it alleviated the need to get bogged down in specifics and concentrate on taking a picturesque photo. This defeated the purpose ultimately, albeit I had learnt a few new things on the day.

Keep an eye on different photography meetups that are directed at either the beginner, intermediate or professional and this will further add to gaining the most out of your experience.

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Also, if you love orchids, horticulture/floriculture or flowers in general, the Ezi-Gro Orchids Nursery is a delightful sight to see while orchids are in full flower. They sell wholesale direct to the public at reasonable prices and are one of the largest stockists & distributors of orchids in Australia.

Plants are grown, bred and imported, exported and also sold overseas. There is a large range of orchids with an information pamphlet provided to those who buy or wish to learn more about orchids.

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You can visit the Ezi-Gro Orchids Nursery at 76 Evandale Rd in Darch free of charge from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday and peruse the many greenhouses they have available on the 2-hectare site. Gaye will be more than happy to strike up a conversation and help with any enquiries you have regarding orchids.

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Why? Purchase or simply view exotic orchids from around the world
When: 9am to 5pm; Monday to Saturday
Phone: Local 1800 999 707 or 61 8 9343 2761 from overseas
Where: 76 Evandale Rd, Darch WA 6065, Australia
Cost: Free
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