Now and then, I venture forth on a Self Photo Assignment. I assign myself tasks and challenges to create, what I hope, excellent photos. This past Sunday was one such adventure to Bok Tower Gardens. A few fellow photographers joined me, and it made for a great photo adventure. The weather was even helpful!
A self-photo assignment is where you task yourself to go out and capture images. Self-photo tasks are, for me, a way to challenge my photo craft. I've been to Bok Tower Gardens many times. It's a great place to walk around, enjoy the gardens and the central Florida landscape. It's one of the very few places where you can find a hill in central Florida. Since I've been there so many times, you might think I'd not have too many challenges left there.
Assignment - The Tower in the Reflection Pond
Even if I have photographed Bok Tower repeatedly, there is always some new aspect I've to photograph in the gardens and of the Tower. Sometimes I go myself and other times it with family and friends. Intrepid photographers I met online joined me this time. Some I've met before, and some I met minutes before I started. The photographers who joined had never been to Bok Tower before, so I became a de facto tour guide. My knowledge of the history of Gardens is rudimentary, but they seemed to enjoy it. I took them to my favorite places to photograph in the Gardens, and I had excellent companionship for the day.
I had a list of ideas I wanted to snag while I was out there.
Early morning shot along the road to the Tower.
The Tower in the reflection pond.
A photo walk around the Preserve Trail 1.5 miles.
Timed exposure with a Neutral Density filter.
Fun little Macro shots along the way.
I managed to complete most of my assignments, and I even created few others while there.
Skies and Trees
I was not able to complete the Timed Exposure nor the Photo Walk. Ah, well, there is always next time.
Here is a list of the equipment I used.
Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mkii
M.Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8 pro
M.Zuiko 75-300mm f/4.8-6.7
PRO Master HGX circular polarizer
Here is a sample of some of the images I captured. I processed the photos in Capture One 21, Aurora HDR, Luminar 4, and Photoshop CC.
Leave a comment below and let me know what you think!
Assignment - Along the road to the Tower
Assignment - Skies and Trees
Assignment - Something Green
Assignment - Fun little Macro/Close-Up stuff
February 22, 2020