Today was a great day. Jamie found out about an orchid show that was being put on today by the Toronto Artistic Orchid Association. So after we were done shooting yesterday, we decided to wake up bright and early at 6:45, and head over for their photography showing. From 8:00 – 10:00 this morning, photographers or people who wanted to grab some pictures of the beautiful orchids could go in and have semi-free range to be creative. The one limitation was that you couldn’t touch anything and that I completely understand. We got there shortly after 8, and got to setup for a few hours of shots. We tried to go prepared with a limited gear setup, but enough to allow us to grab some shots that can set us apart from the horde. This photo session is also linked to a photo contest they are running and the prizes are actually pretty decent. First place is an entry level Nikon DSRL that Jamie has his eye on for a secondary camera, which meant that we wanted to try and get the best shots possible. Armed with my camera, the rented 100mm macro lens and 2 flashes, I set about snapping away. In the end, I think I got a nice stock pile for the archive.
Today was an incredibly sunny and warm day. The kind of day that makes you excited for summer and want to take off your jacket and let the sun shine onto you. When we first went into the show, without thinking we wore our jackets and by the end of the photography session, I was definitely sweaty. They had an area where you could buy orchids should you want, and before we left we wanted to take a look. First though, we knew it was time to ditch the jackets in the car and being incredibly intelligent, I subsequently locked my keys in there with it. This lead to a 45 minute wait, and a $100 learning experience. This is the first time I have ever done this, so all in all once in 15 driving years, that’s a learning I can justify.
I used my Canon 7D Mark 1 with a Canon 100mm 2.8 Macro that I rented from Vistek, shooting at 1/160, F8, with an ISO setting of 100. Today was really beautiful and sunny.