Photo Spot Summary
Country: United States
GPS Latitude: 42.147167
GPS Longitude: -87.789864
Photo Spot Details
I visited Chicago and this garden in April when the weather was still cool but many of the spring flowers were in bloom. I visited mid-day and since I was mostly shooting macro images of flowers, I loved having the extra light outdoors for deeper depth of field even without a tripod. For the absolute sharpest results from high MP sensors, a tripod with a macro slider is probably your best bet but under the circumstances, hand holding the camera will make do in many situations.
Outdoors I really had the opportunity to shoot with relatively small apertures (not small in macro terms) or wider open depending on what image I wanted to capture. At times the wider apertures allowed for distractions in the background to drop away (e.g. the feature image).
One issues I did run into during the bright sunlit days was blown highlights. A sheet of wax paper could be used to diffuse some of the harsh noon day light but unfortunately I had none on me at the time of this visit.
One place that I really missed my tripod was in the indoor exhibits which were beautiful. Some areas were quite dark/dimly lit even during mid-day and required multiple exposures even with a stabilized lens to ensure that I had a single sharp image.
- Bring a macro lens for nice flower/plant images. If you are lucky and patient you can at times capture nice photos of insects especially in spring and summer.
- If possible bring a tripod with a macro slider for best results
- Wax paper makes a great diffuser for softening bright sunlight but use with caution as this may not work well handheld.
- Family friendly area with lots of wonderful things to see and photograph.