Sunday, June 03, 2012

City Life: A Quick Post about Strybing Arboretum in Golden Gate Park

I got a Nikon 1 for Christmas, a sexy little white camera with small interchangeable lenses.  I'm still learning how it works, definitely have to do some more shooting.  The pictures below are just a sampling I did after I got the camera.  The light was fading and it was a foggy afternoon.  Even with these limitations, I wanted to see what the camera could do.

Strybing Arboretum is located in Golden Gate Park right near the entrance at Lincoln and 9th Avenue.  It's a lovely contemplative stroll and a wonderful way to take a break.  This expanse of lawn and trees is right near the Arboretum entrance.

I had to push my way through some bushes and and branches to take this shot.  You can see the effects of the fading light and fog in how muted the colors are in these pictures.

"Rocky" and his friends are very friendly.  They run right up to you expecting a treat.  I had fun watching them run and leap around me while I tried for a decent shot.

I like the grayed edges of these leaves.  In bright sunlight they would probably look like they're on fire but everything was soft and quiet that day.

Macro (or so someone told me).  I was trying to get as close as possible to this plant.  The water drops are from the increasing fog billowing in.  It was getting to the point where I was worried there would be drops on my camera lens.  I like how silvery this plant looks.  So ordinary and unassuming until you get really close.

I would have stayed longer but the light was almost gone by the time I made my way back to the entrance.  The camera shoots very well in low light.  I didn't have to use the flash at all.

I'll do another post about the camera after I've played with it some more.

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