Descanso Gardens

Up at 6AM for breakfast at IHOP. It’s my wife’s birthday, but we have full schedules today, so this was the birthday party 🙂 and she paid!! But, last Sunday, we celebrated early with a trip to Descanso Gardens. She loves flowers, so this was the perfect day.

All shots are with a Nikon D700 and Nikon 24-120mm lens. Many people put down this lens because it is ‘slow’ at f3.5 to 5.6 — and not a constant aperture. I love this lens! This is my second one, over the past nine years (dropped the first one in the Pacific Ocean). It is a ‘street sweeper’ — a perfect photo journalistic lens because you can shoot wide for an establishing scene, then zoom in for a close up. In fact, as you can see, in some of the following, it is a near macro lens, as well. The majority of these were taken in aperture priority, with the lens wide open for minimum DOF. All hand-held.

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