Another Visit to Greenspring, with a twist!

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Greenspring garden is a free county-run park near where I live in northern Virginia. It's a wonderful place to shoot (and the ponds will reopen August 1!). They have some very unusual specimens to shoot. On my most recent trip, however, I trotted out the 200/2VR (this is the twist!) with CP, and 1.4 TC; tripod mounted on the D300. What a wonderful combination. Here are a few of the highlights.

1. "Giant" Hibiscus f/13, 1/25.

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2. ???? f2.8, 1/1000. NO TC

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3. Daylily f2.8, 1/640

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4. Cardoon f/8, 1/100

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Rich,
Wonderful set, if I had to choose.... I'd have to say #4 is my first choice followed by #3. Really nice.
 
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Rich,
Wonderful set, if I had to choose.... I'd have to say #4 is my first choice followed by #3. Really nice.
Thank you Paul, the 200/2 produces some awfully nice bokeh. I think I have some even better ones of the Cardoon, I'll check on that later tonight.

Very lovely shots. I love #3 - great DOF and #4 is very nice also.
Thanks Birgit, I really liked that one as well.

Beautiful series, Rich!

#2 is some weird looking flower...
Thanks Jukka! Yes, this garden always seems to have something unusual/surprising to shoot. Fun place to go for quick trip, and I am hoping for a good dragonfly shooting place when the ponds reopen to the public in early august.

Beautifull shots but the last one is wow. Wonderful light on this one.
Thanks Torben, I had never seen those before. Very cool plant and the bees were just going nuts on them.
 
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Hey Rich,

Very nice work. I think I agree with others - 4 is probably my favorite followed by number 3. I'm going to have to pay a visit to Greenspring. Thanks much for sharing.
 
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#4 for me, as well
i love this series
the 200/2 is a great lens for this kind of work
but... with the TC-14... i'm going to have to try that as well

still don't have the CP, YET
 
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Hey Rich,

Very nice work. I think I agree with others - 4 is probably my favorite followed by number 3. I'm going to have to pay a visit to Greenspring. Thanks much for sharing.
Thanks Steven, it is a very nice spot, and the price is right. I thought things might be a little cooked right now, but there was plenty to keep me busy. They have some ponds that have been closed all season and are about to open up. Not sure if they attract dragons or not, but could be fun there for that as well.

#4 for me, as well
i love this series
the 200/2 is a great lens for this kind of work
but... with the TC-14... i'm going to have to try that as well

still don't have the CP, YET
Thanks Greg! I had also brought my 105VR along but it stayed in the bag as I was having so much fun. I want to try the 200/2 with tubes as well... I thought the CP worked very well, and with that noon-time sun, it help cut down on the harsh light. I think you would have a lot of use for it in Clearwater...
 
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All are nice, but 4 really stands out.

What does CP stand for??
Thanks for looking Tom. I thought I had a better one of the Cardoon (#4), but now I think the one posted was best. CP = circular polarizer.

Rich,
excellent shots, something tells me your gonna love the FX sensor.
just a hunch. : )
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Thanks Kevin, as I was shooting these, I was imagining how different things would be with the FX cam. I am really looking forward to it. It will be great for this kind of work... As least I think it will! It will be an adjustment for sure, but I am up for it. I just hope I get mine soon before the semester starts... Fall is always crazy for me, as I teach more students, and need to orient our new doctoral students as well... TMI... :redface:
 
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Lovely work Rich, the bokeh and IQ you get from the 200/2 is just divine. The background on number 3 almost looks like a painting.

Thanks for showing these, I look forward to seeing more from this optical combo soon.
 
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