Photography at Meadowlark: Early Morning / WWPW 2012

Some of you may know that this year I am leading a World Wide Photo Walk (WWPW) at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens on October 13. Join the photo walk here and mark your calendars for Sunday, October 13, at 8am (2 hours  BEFORE regular public admission to the gardens).

WWPW is a global social photography event when people with a shared love of photography all around the world gather for two hours to walk together and capture photos of their “corner of the world” and to share them with fellow walkers, to get to know other local photographers and to enjoy taking pictures. WWPW was created by Scott Kelby (one of the world’s top photoshop gurus) five years ago and has since generated more publicity and participation each year. I took part in the 2009 photowalk in Georgetown in Washington DC as a “walker” and in 2010 organized a photo walk at the Arlington National Cemetery as a photo walk “leader”. Having taken a break in 2011 (I had a good reason, I was eight and a half months pregnant with my second son), I am excited to re-join walkers world wide and to serve as a walk “leader”. This year I chose one of my most favorite local photography spots – the Meadowlark Botanical Gardens in Vienna, VA.

Today, thanks to the help and the wonderful company of William B. Folsom – a local photographer and a long time “resident photographer” and photography instructor at Meadowlark,  I was privileged to get to photograph at Meadowlark during early morning hours, before public access at 10am. What can I say? It was absolutely magical!

Here is a glimpse of what type of photos walkers can expect on October 13 – a few of my favorite images from this morning! I can’t wait for the walk in October!

Early morning photography is amazing for many reasons, but mainly for the gorgeous “golden hour” lighting when the sun is just beginning to rise and one can get backlit photos with a lot of contrast. Also, dew is incredible to photograph!

photography at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens in Vienna, VA

photography at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens in Vienna, VA

photography at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens in Vienna, VA

photography at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens in Vienna, VA

Can’t decide if I like this photo of the lake in color or black and white.

photography at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens in Vienna, VA

Okay, did I mention “dew” earlier? I mean – it was everywhere! Grass, flowers, leaves, bugs, catepillars. I went overboard photographing a fairly big spiderweb at the “experimental meadow” – these dew drops look like pearls, or beads or “planets” (this astronomical comparison belongs to my 3-year old).

photography at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens in Vienna, VA

photography at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens in Vienna, VA

photography at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens in Vienna, VA

Here I photographed a very outer age of the spider web with a very fast shutter to darken ambient light and focus on the pattern of dew drops.

photography at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens in Vienna, VA
The best part of photographing in the morning is birds! Now, I am not a bird photographer, I am not even good at spotting birds, but Bill gave me a few tips about where and how to photograph some of the avian residents of Meadowlark and voi-la – I got this really nice photo of a hummingbird (granted this is one of several dozen “missed” shots : ) .

photography at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens in Vienna, VA

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