What’s Inside the U.S. Botanic Garden

CactiInside the U.S. Botanic Garden are a huge collection of plants from Cacti, Orchids to almost endless collection of plant species. It is a placed not just for nature lovers, plants and flowers lovers but it is a great place for pro and amateur photographers. It is a place where you can make pictures, take close-ups and do some great macro shots.

There are three major places to go when you are inside the U.S. Botanic Garden all of which are great to photograph:

  1. The Conservatory
  2. Bartholdi Park
  3. National Garden which features the Regional Garden with Mid-Atlantic native plants, the Rose Garden, the Butterfly Garden and the First Ladies Water Garden.

Here are some ofย  my photos taken at the National Botanic Garden:

Arpophyllum Giganteum
Taken using a Canon Rebel XS 10.1MP SLR Camera with a Tamron AF 17-50mm F/2.8 SP XR Di II VC (Vibration Compensation) Zoom Lens for Canon Digital SLR Cameras at ISO 200, F/2.8, 1/40sec in Manual Exposure. Post processed using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2.7.
Epiphytes in an Amazonian Rainforest
Taken using a Canon Rebel XS 10.1MP SLR Camera with a Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens for Canon SLR Cameras at ISO 400, F/2.8, 1/30sec in Manual Exposure. Post processed using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2.7.
Aranda Floraweb Kensington-Orchid Family
Taken using a Canon Rebel XS 10.1MP SLR Camera with a Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM at ISO 200, F/5.6, 1/800sec in Manual Exposure, Flash 430ex II Fired. Post processed using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2.7.
The Busy Bee
Taken using a Canon Rebel XS 10.1MP SLR Camera with a Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM at ISO 200, F/5.6, 1/800sec in Manual Exposure, Flash 430ex II Fired. Post processed using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2.7.


Camera Gear / Equipment:

Note on Photography Inside the U.S. Botanic Garden
Handheld film or video cameras may be used at any time. The use of easels, tripods, or art material containing solvents requires special permission and a permit. To request a permit please call Sally Bourrie at (202) 226-4145.

Tripods are not allowed unless you get a permit. I would suggest bringing an external flash together with your camera and the best lens that you can bring in my opinion is an all around zoom lens like the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens
or the Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Standard Zoom. A macro lens would also be an ideal lens to bring if you have one. If you don’t have the lenses that I mention here, any lens will work or any camera even a point and shoot will work. Just like what Chase Jarvis always say, the best camera is the that’s with you. The pictures above was taken on separate occasions and on each of those occasions I have a different lens with me, so I take time to shoot and make the most of the equipment that I currently have.

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