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Old Nov 5, 2013, 10:23 PM   #1
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Pittsburgh's Phipps Conservatory had a free admission day last Monday, and I just happened to have the day off.

The conservatory is a historical landmark, built by one of the city's Steel figures in the late 19th Century--a "gift" to the city, recognizing all of the hard work and horrible conditions for the workers by showing them some Victorian gardens and flowers. The Conservatory in the modern day is in the forefront of sustainable planting and LEED design. Mostly, I like the glass walls of the conservatory itself, but it's kind of difficult for me to do that architecture any justice here.

Anyhow, here are some hightlights, using the 14, 20 and 45. It's one of the times I wish I had a better zoom as I found myself changing lenses very often. Someone more horticulturally savvy could probably have found more interesting plants to photograph, but I don't know one thing from another.





The Conservatory has been home to many glass and sculpture installations over the years, and you will notice remnants here and there. This Chihuly piece is in the "dome" near the entrance.


A room where they rotate in and out seasonal displays:




The Desert Room:






Pink looking at pink:
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Orchids:











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Not much going on in the gardens outside this time of hear but I like this vine:




Around back. The tall building is University of Pittsburgh's Cathedral of Learning:


Anyhow, sorry so many . . .
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All very nice shots, great color and detail.
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Great shots. I think this convinced me to buy the 45. Also makes me miss Pittsburgh. I never got a decent shot of Phipps. I always walk by it in the afternoon and the lighting is wrong.
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Sammy, these are excellent to show the conservatory, well done. It surely looks like it is a place I would enjoy.
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Love the Flower Man Bob! And I certainly don't mind you including your image on "my" thread. I think it would be a really fun thing for more back and forth, and it certainly fits the "theme."


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Great shots. I think this convinced me to buy the 45. Also makes me miss Pittsburgh. I never got a decent shot of Phipps. I always walk by it in the afternoon and the lighting is wrong.
Thanks. I'm not always comfortable using the 45--it often seems either too wide or too "narrow" for what I'm trying to do. I feel like I've missed quite a few things trying. But in the few months since I've picked it up, almost every "favorite" shot I've taken has been with the 45. Perhaps that slight awkwardness makes me work harder to find a shot. More likely it just makes really nice images even with a hamhanded idjit like myself at the controls. Whatever the case I highly recommend it if you can swing it.

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Fantastic set Sammy, love the colors and sharp pictures.

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Fantastic set Sammy, love the colors and sharp pictures.

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Thank you Marcelo! I like them too, but I think I could have used a bigger DOF for some of the close up shots and not gone wide open. There were also some shots I just "missed" on, but that's ok.
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Excellent shots Sammy
All VERY nice . As per Marcelo , Colorful and Sharp
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1,3, and 4 in the orchids section are great. No complaints of DOF there.
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