The Seymour Conservatory

iPhone macro of a flower at the Seymour Conservatory

iPhone macro of a flower at the Seymour Conservatory

If you have followed me either here on my blog or on any of the social media outlets that I frequent you will know that I am a big fan of local camera clubs.  Camera clubs have been around a long time, long before the advent of digital photography and the entire online social world we are not a part of.  While the social media circles that we all run in are great, and there is a huge pool of knowledge to pull from, they are no substitute for actual face to face interaction with local photographers, and local camera clubs are a great way to accomplish that.  Take this past weekends Olympia Camera Club’s field trip to the Seymour Conservatory in Tacoma.

It is very easy to get wrapped up in the online world of photography.  You make friends and share images, but the sad fact is that you rarely get the opportunity to meet those people and shoot when them.  With a local camera club, you are meeting people face to face, interacting with and becoming friends with other local photographers.  If you are lucky, you local camera club has regular trips out shooting.


iPhone snapshot of the OCC President, Colleen, during a recent field trip

This trip to the Seymour Conservatory is a perfect example.  I carried 2 camera bodies and a tripod.  I was setup for some serious macro photography, but when all was said and done I spent more time chatting with other club members and actually made more images with my iPhone than I did with my Nikon D7000 and D610 combined.  As a matter of fact, all 3 images in this blog post were made with my iPhone 6.


Two scarecrows on display at the W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory in Tacoma during a recent OCC field trip

If you aren’t a member of a local camera club I would encourage you to seek on out and see if it is a fit for you.  It is a great opportunity for local networking, education and discovering new places to make images.  Who knows, you might even make a new real life friend or two.

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  1. John West November 17, 2014 at 9:44 am #

    Hi Scott. I really like the tonal quality of the B&W scarecrow photograph here, and the photograph in general. Can you tell us a little bit about the process you used to convert this image to B&W and any other editing techniques you used, ie. editing software used, filters, platform used for editing (computer vs iPad), etc.? I am very interested in learning more about this. Thanks.

    John West

    • ScottWood November 17, 2014 at 9:50 am #


      The first shop of the flower was edited in SnapSeed on my iPhone. I used a combination of the HDR filter as well as the general image tuning. The image of Colleen was straight out of my iPhone with no edits at all.

      The black and white was actually edited in Perfect Black and White 9 from OnOne. I imported it into Lightroom and then edited it from there.

  2. Jay Taylor November 17, 2014 at 9:25 pm #

    Really dig the shot of the Spider Mum Scott! It’s one of my favorite flowers and I love how you’ve captured its essence. Nice work man.

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