Photowalk in Golden Gate Park

I went into Sunday’s photowalk not really knowing what to expect, but planning on making the most of it. I was pleasantly surprised to not only make some new friends and have a great time talking with other like-minded photographers, but also to receive some fantastic tips on using light to its best advantage when photographing people, and on bringing depth and interest into your photos when dealing with flat, overcast light. It was a great experience, and I plan to do my best to attend next year’s walk, as well.

This photo was taken in the Japanese Tea Garden, pictured earlier in my blog. Nearly every photographer on the walk stopped to capture this little meditation garden, and each of us caught it in different ways – one of the most interesting things about group photo expeditions like this.

Meditation Garden

Japanese Tea Garden, San Francisco

Victorian grace in modern San Francisco

Another Golden Gate Park image from a couple of years ago, this time stunning Victorian-era greenhouse, the Conservatory of Flowers. Built in 1878, it’s the oldest building in the park, and is said to have been modeled after the renowned Kew Gardens palm house. It’s well worth a stop if you’re in the park. The building itself is stunning, and the collection of rare and exotic plants & flowers inside is beautifully curated and maintained.

Conservatory of Flowers

Conservatory of Flowers, Golden Gate Park

Tales of the Orient

The Japanese Tea Garden in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park is one of those mysterious places you’d never expect when looking at it from outside. There’s a Japanese-style gate, but the foliage and fences surrounding the garden completely hide all sign of the magic inside. When you walk into the garden, it’s as if you’ve been transported across the Pacific to Japan. The garden is exquisitely landscaped and manicured, and although it’s a tiny little enclave, it’s easy to get lost in your surroundings and spend hours in there, finding new tiny little details. I took this a couple years ago, but wanted to go ahead and put it up today, since I’ll be heading to the area tomorrow for the photowalk being hosted by Catherine Hall of TWiT Photo fame. Stay tuned!

Japanese Tea Garden, San Francisco