Photos: Camellia Gardens in Winter

Camellia Garden at Descanso Gardens

A busy bee harvesting.

Camellia Garden at Descanso Gardens

Camellia Garden at Descanso Gardens

Oak forest in the middle of Descanso Gardens.

Camellia Garden at Descanso Gardens

Seeing as how it was winter.


Photographer’s Notes:


Cameras Used:

  • Nikon D700
  • Nikon D7000

Lens Used:

  • Nikon 50mm f/1.4
  • Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8
  • Nikon Telephoto AF Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8

My goal this time was to go Descanso Gardens and photograph a bee in a flower.  So why not try the new Nikon D7000 out. Strapped to that body was the 105mm macro lens, meaning on an DX body (APS-C sized sensor) I was able to get ~157.5mm telephoto zoom out of my pics.

The 50mm f/1.4 came in handy for general walking and shallow depth of field shots.

After a little more walking, I got to the middle of the gardens where oak forest stood. I just had to use the 14-24mm lens to capture the massiveness of the trees. That HDR shot was from 7 bracketed shots.

Descanso Gardens is a natural “bowl” in the San Rafael hills that provides a secluded setting for an urban retreat of year-round natural beauty, internationally renowned botanical collections and spectacular seasonal horticultural displays. Very few people know about Descanso Gardens and how such a beautiful place exist on the outskirts of LA. If you haven’t been there, you should go!

Location Details:

Descanso Gardens

(818) 949-4200

1418 Descano Dr.

La Canada Flintridge, Ca 91011