Got a chance to hang out and take photos in the CU Boulder 30th Street Greenhouse today.
At first I just wandered around taking photos of plants. The majority were elusive or not yet flowering, but with the help of my friend Chris Kemp I managed to nab a few decent shots.
I used a flash at 1/32nd and 1/16th power pointed down through the grate table from which this plant was hanging, near the top right, along with a reflector by the bottom left. That provided a nice, strong rim light with enough fill to get detail. The background turned out to be pretty good as well, so I did macro shots both with it and without.
After spending some time on the shoot above, both Chris and I agreed that we wanted to take some portraits in the "Jurassic Park" room, with its aggressively thriving plants.
After fooling around a bit, we got Tom (the greenhouses director) to model for us as well.
I like that peeking flash lens flare. The flash was on a light stand at...1/16th I think? Certainly takes a lot control to get it right though. More practice is needed. The flare on the 70-200 sometimes makes ugly purple splotches. My X100's excellent flare has spoiled me.