Bok Tower - Photo Assignment

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

  • Something Green

  • Something Red

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


Cheers,

Dono

February 22, 2020

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