The Rose Garden

The Rose GardenThe Rose Garden – Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, Exposition Park, Downtown Los Angeles, California, USA

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I’ve been thinking about a photograph of The Rose Garden ever since I moved Downtown. It was duly logged in my mental shot list, but never at the top. Now that I’m living practically next door to it, there are no good reasons left not to do it. Before leaving that morning, I did quick web search which revealed that 99.9% of photos of the garden were shot from the main gate so that made it easy to find a new angle.  One lap around on my GT Avalanche 2.0 and I found this gap in the vegetation where you could see The Rose Garden and Nature History Museum in the background with these surreal, twisted junipers in the foreground.

Copyright 2014 O. Bisogno Scotti,  All Rights Reserved.

Nikon D3 DSLR, AF NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8D, exposure: f/22.0, 1/60 sec., ISO 200, exposure index: -1.33, exposure program: Aperture Priority, focus mode: manual, M-up mode,  Manfrotto 3221 tripodManfrotto 3221 tripod with Manfrotto 3265 pistol grip ball head,  Nikon MC-20 remote cable release, capture: 14-bit RAW-NEF, white balance: Auto, capture date and time: 6/19/2014, 7:47 am, transportation:  white GT Avalanche 2.0.

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15 thoughts on “The Rose Garden

    • Thanks joshi. My father was a painter and photographer, and he was always talking about composition when I was a kid, what should be included in the frame and what should not. I listened to all this and after awhile it became automatic. It is no longer a conscious decision. It happens on its own, and I always trust that.

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  1. sukiyama02. I made this capture early when all the Korean senior citizens are out for their morning walk. As they walked by, they looked like they were thinking, “Why isn’t he taking a picture from the front gate like everyone else?” 🙂

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  2. To the casual eye, this seems like a simple capture but my experience is that it is not. The depth of field is amazing. I see how you go that but the details…the dappled light under the trees and throughout the vegetation, the individual blades of grass in the background, the roses in bloom, the detailed bricks and roof tiles…and then there is the color…

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    • “Lezlie Sokol” Painted Cloud Gallery: Nothing is simple in photography, but it’s not rocket science either. Large depth of field, which is critical to landscape photographers is all about finding the hyperfocal distance of the lens. You used to have to jump through hoops in order to find this, but now there are iPhone apps that will do it for you. There is also a digital image post-processing technique known as focus stacking. I am reticent to use it. It looks otherworldly to me. As the human eye looks out over a scene towards infinity, detail diminishes forming a feeling of three dimensionality.

      The foreground details you mention are about feelings.

      Color guides the emotions.

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