Playing In The Park

I had some time while waiting for a family member and, as usual, I had a camera with me. Since I was near Leif Erickson Park and the Duluth Rose Garden, two popular parks in Duluth, I took time to wander around and see what would catch my eye.  The roses are not yet in bloom, but other flowers were and there were other subjects that caught my attention.  I used three different lenses and once again experimented with depth of field and framing.
Later, when examining the images, I decided that next time I will try expanding my focus points to allow more of certain subjects to be in focus.  Some of the flower shots could have benefited from more overall focus.  However, the bokeh is pleasing in some and I want to improve upon the selective focus used in a couple of others.

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Como Park

On Sunday, June 3rd, I met with a couple of fellow photo bloggers at Como Park in St. Paul.  We wandered around the Japanese Garden, through the conservatory and checked out a few of the animals.
I used the visit to play with selective focus and unique framing.  Below are a few of the results.
Afterwards I paid a visit to a Dual Citizen Brewery, also in St. Paul, which I heartily recommend if you are in the area.

Industrial Long Exposure

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Another outing to perfect my long exposure settings.  This image was taken with a solar filter that I used for photographing the eclipse last year.

ISO 100, 200 mm, f/11, 60 sec

Snow Day

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On a whim, I took a short drive on a snowy day to see what I might see.  Snow was falling, the temp just barely above zero and large chunks of ice were floating on Lake Superior.  As I drove along a gravel road, the snow dusted shrubs caught my attention.

Canon 5D S, Canon 50mm 1.8, ISO 50, f/2.2, 1/640th sec.