The Denver Botanic Gardens, December 2015. Christmas Lights!

[Categories: Photography, Travel, Travel photography, Photography 101 Forever]

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M’lady and I visited The Gardens the night of 14 Dec. when it was a dry, chilly +or- 35F. The next day’s 12″ or so of snow had not yet arrived.

Coincidental with the Christmas holidays The Denver Botanic Gardens were decorated with multi-colored electric lights though no religious symbols were present.  At least one display had a Christmas tree with gifts underneath so conclude what you will.

I took the slightly aging but still very able Nikon D5200 camera with the 18-55mm zoom lens. I attached it to my flimsy-legged Vanguard tripod and used the Nikon ML-L3 remote shutter release for the first half of my pictures.

With the camera set to Night Landscape the remote allowed picture-taking without camera disturbance.  In this mode I found the ISO settings around 800 and the shutter speeds very slow (1/4 to 1/2 a second or so), thus the remote was a must.  Focus sharpness was marginal.  In hindsight perhaps I should have set it to hold manual focus and then released shutter with the remote.

I later switched to Auto/No Flash mode and found the ISO greatly increased to around 3200 with the shutter speeds faster at 1/10 to 1/30th a second.  Focus was much better in many shots and I was able to shoot with the tripod legs together like a monopod, manually focusing and releasing the shutter.

The camera performed well despite the fairly frigid temperatures.

It was pretty!

Other Denver Botanic Gardens posts:
The Denver Botanic Gardens, July 2015
Chihuly Glass at Denver Botanic Gardens

8 thoughts on “The Denver Botanic Gardens, December 2015. Christmas Lights!

  1. Awesome. I just went to a local zoo where they lit it up at night. It was fun to see all of the lights but you couldn’t see the zoo animals. Lighting up a botanical garden makes so much more sense!


  2. Having unsuccessfully attempted to take night lights recently, I’m very impressed with your photos. I wonder how many light bulbs were required! Although its not cold here in Africa, we still have Christmas lights, and we still call it Christmas, and we still have annoying Christmas carols playing in the supermarkets!

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