Saturday, July 24, 2010

Chicago Done Naturally (Post 9 of 10) - Lincoln Park Zoo Conservatory

Right next to the LPZ is the Conservatory. Basically, it’s a zoo for plants. Like the LPZ it’s free, and it’s a great place to warm up if you do the zoo in the winter. Just know that all your lenses will fog up if you go in when it’s cold out. (eyeglasses, camera lenses…)

The larger front part is pretty interesting – lots of plants I’d never heard of, but that are plenty interesting - but I like to spend a lot of my time in the orchid room in back.

Okay, in this shot.. does anyone else see people? Women in Victorian gowns and bonnets or something? Just me? Okay.

Everyone’s good with tripods and flashes, and there don’t tend to be many people, let alone kids, tripping over you. In fact, you’re more likely to run into other photographers than anyone else.

One of the reasons I like to shoot flowers here is that it’s inside and you can do some slow shutter, narrow appature work without having to worry about the wind blowing your flowers around. Also, everything is pretty clearly labeled so you know what it is that you’re looking at.

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