I missed this weekend’s Flowertown Festival. It’s a yearly festival held in Summerville, SC and it attracts, from what I have heard, about 200,000 – 300,000 people! That’s rather impressive, considering that the total population of Charleston, North Charleston, and Summerville added together only adds up to about 180,000 … maybe.
Today, there were just a few remnants remaining. There were a few picnic tables, disassembled vendor stands, etc. I wanted to go out and shoot this evening and thought that I’d take in a few pictures of some azaleas. After all, they are in bloom all over the place. I decided that since I’ve not used my wide angle lens for quite a while, this would be the perfect opportunity. Originally, I wanted to go out and do some macro shots, but it was a tad bit windy. Winds were blowing a solid 20 miles per hour with gusts to 35. It would have been cool to do some ‘wind painting’, but I decided to go wide.
I went to Azalea Park, near downtown Summerville. I saw a bronze statue of a girl sitting on a wall reading. I decided that I’d take all of my pictures at or around this statue. The sun was going down pretty fast and this was the only part of the park that had a bit of sunshine remaining.
I had forgotten how much fun it was to shoot with an ultra wide angle lens. I had to get right up in her face, nearly 5 or 6 inches away from the face just to fill the frame and have a good deal of background visible.
I’m glad that I took the time to take the lens out of the bag. In part, Earl inspired me to get the lens out of the bag. He purchased a 14-24mm f/2.8 (way out of my budget right now) and has been doing some nice wide angle shots.
It was worth the time and the little bit of mud that I got on my knees from kneeling down next to the bird house on the pole. It’s nice to switch up every once in a while. It was a reminder of why I bought the lens.