Bench – Descanso Garden
The occasion was National Public Gardens Day, May 11, 2012 sponsored by Better Homes and Gardens and the American Public Garden Association. I arrived early at Descanso Garden nestled in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains near Los Angeles, California. The morning was overcast with a forecast for sunny skies in the afternoon.
Looking for a unique image that would represent Descanso Garden, I set out on the misty trails. They had given me a trail map, but that was already buried deeply in one of the pockets of my cargo pants. I prefer to wander aimlessly anyway (always good luck for me). Before long, I was standing in front of a park bench in deep shade. There was a camellia growing next to it which had littered the bench with its pink blossoms. Descanso Garden is all about camellias and the people who love them. This scene was perfect. I set up my camera and tripod and waited. Five or six visitors with point and shoots stopped to take a picture and exchange good mornings. As they moved on, I knew they were wondering if I was ever going to take a shot. I did…as soon as a ray of sunlight came through the canopy shining like a spotlight on the bench and the ground beneath it.
Nikon D3 DSLR, AF NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8D, exposure: f/22.0, 0.6 sec., exposure index: -0.67, ISO 200, Exposure Program: Aperture Priority, Auto White Balance, capture date: 5/11/2012, 10:01 am, Nikon MC-20 remote cable, Manfrotto 3221 tripod with Manfrotto 3265 pistol grip ball head.