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Click for moreFeb 2, 2013 - Indoor Oasis in Toronto - Allan Gardens

The day was overcast, so instead of trying to catch birds in the shade, a trip was made to Allan Gardens in downtown Toronto, a place I'd heard and read about, but never been.

In short, do yourself a favour and go! In sub-zero weather, I enjoyed shooting indoors in a lavishly planted series of greenhouses, wearing a t-shirt. It was quiet, full of an amazing variety of plant life, and photographically I'd highly recommend taking a trip!

The range of habitats for plants included humid conditions for orchids, dryer rooms for cactus, a colder room for spring bulbs such as daffodils, and much more.

I've gone many times to the Centennial Park greenhouse in Etobicoke, but this greenhouse series is significantly larger and is a great place to spend a few hours on a cold winter day.

Equipment-wise, I shot a lot using flash, extension tubes to allow me to get closer, a 70-200 Canon lens for many shots, the broader photos were taken with a wide-angle lens, and then as I worked my way back on the way out I used an 85mm prime lens to really bring out the details in some of the intricate plants.

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Click for moreDec 14, 2012 - Centennial Park Greenhouse

It's very nice to have a local Greenhouse/Conservatory that's open daily. No matter what time of year you go, there's something interesting to see.

On this occasion I spent most of my time shooting with extension tubes, which is an enjoyable way to get a close look at all the beauty right in front of us.


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Click for moreMar 21, 2011 - First Flowers of Spring

Sunday March 20th marked the last day of winter, and the start of spring. If you've got even the slightest green thumb, it's probably started itching by now. To get a taste of spring, I headed to the Centennial Park Greenhouse and Observatory, and as you can see, spring is in full bloom there already!

I've been meaning to visit this location for quite a while. I haven't been there for many years and as it turned out, it was a new piece of photography gear that got me to go.

The photos included in this post were taken with a point & shoot camera, namely a Fujifilm Finepix 3D W3, a camera that I've read reviews about since the early W1 version, and only now got my hands on. The camera is intended for shooting 3D photos, and is equipped with 2 lenses and a slew of features that go along with the 3D discipline.

I will be posting more in the way of 3D photos (red/cyan glasses required), however I liked these floral shots so much I decided to process them in regular 2D for your viewing pleasure.

If you have 3D glasses (red/cyan), take a look at my flickr 3D photo set, and be sure there's more of those to come!

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