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Bok Tower - Photo Assignment

Updated: Feb 16, 2022

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, a few photographers joined me during my photo assignment/adventure to Bok Tower Gardens. 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 the Tower. Sometimes I go myself and other times it with family and friends. Intrepid photographers I met online joined me this time. So, 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 completed most of my assignments, and I created a few others.

  • Skies and Trees

  • Something Green

  • Something Red

I was not able to complete the Timed Exposure or 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 used Capture One 21, Aurora HDR, Luminar 4, and Photoshop CC to edit the files.

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

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