Azalea Forest 1
Socal - Azaleas in Forest 1
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Early Spring offers a lot of photographic opportunities in Southern California if you like gardens, flowers, and plants. I went to Descanso Gardens to photograph tulips and found these beautiful azaleas growing in the oak forest. This happens a lot in photography. You intend to shoot a specific subject and end up shooting something else. I'm not complaining. I've been to Descanso many times over the years and often end up with nothing.
Despite the draught, this was a really great year for the tulip bloom. I suspect too much rain in prior years may have caused the tulips to suffer from disease. The tulip images can be seen in the Spring Bulbs section.
Technically, I did learn an important lesson photographing the azaleas. Full frame cameras have a lot less depth of field than I'm used to with cropped frame cameras. This issue has been the subject of a lot of discussion on photography blogs but I was quite surprised how much more depth of field I experienced on my cropped frame D7100 with 17-70. I actually wrote a little note on my FF camera and lens combo to shoot at F11 instead of my normal F8.
The above image shot was taken with a full frame, 36 MP DSLR with 24-105 F4 zoom lens at on carbon fiber tripod.