Date: August 08, 2010
In the 7 1/2 years I have been in Bangalore, I’ve never seen the annual flower show held at Lal Bagh Botanical Gardens leading up to August 15th (India’s Independence Day). So this time, I told myself I wasn’t going to miss it.
Also, I haven’t clicked in a while.
So on a bright Sunday morning, I actually forced myself to get up at 7:30am and made my way to Lal Bagh with my Canon 7D and Tamron 28-75 f2.8 lens in tow.
Lal Bagh had it’s usual early morning joggers but I wanted to make it here early before it got too crowded.
Lal Bagh on a rather calm Sunday morning
I paid the entrance fee of Rs. 40 (it’s Rs. 30 on weekdays and I didn’t qualify for the Rs. 10 ticket for children either). As I made my way in, first up was a vegetables.
Boring. Then I realized the main flower show was inside the glasshouse.
The Lal Bagh glasshouse
Every year, the organizers put up one big show piece all done up using flowers. Last year’s big attraction was a dinosaur but this year, the organizers paid tribute to our soldiers.
And with that, I began clicking…
There were a lot of 1st prize signs, so I'm not sure who the clear winner was
From a distance, these looked like sushi rolls to me
India Gate was sprinkled with water internally from time to time
This is a panorama comprised of 7 shots
With the dripping paint, more like 'Saliva'
I don't think this was real
If only sharpening pencils produced such beauty
Not to be confused with Bangalore Muncipality's 'malaria'
This was the most interesting looking flower they had at the show -- called the Cockscomb
Everybody wanted to touch it
From a distance, this looked like cauliflower flower(?)*
The good old fashioned rose
Spent a long time shooting this bee
There were a LOT of photographers...
... and I wasn't the only one enjoying macro photography :)
If I had my Canon 10-22, I could have got this photo in just one frame -- but this is comprised of 8 shots
All in all, I was very happy with the photos I took. I don’t usually shoot macro, simply because before I bought the Tamron 28-75mm, I couldn’t have been bothered. But now, I’m hooked!
Man's best friend couldn't be bothered. Sunday after all...
*if you are wondering whether I often have food on my mind, the answer is ‘yes’
Tags: bangalore, botanical garden, canon 7d, close up, flower show, flowers, India, india gate, lal bagh, macro, tamron 28-75