The Stokes Bay Bush garden is a wonderful place to visit on the north side of Kangaroo Island, it is a native garden paradise for photography. If you love Australian native flowers and plants then you will love visiting this garden.
I toured this garden solely with my 105mm f/2.8 Nikkor, Micro lens as it is a lens which is very suited for this type of close up photography.
The first flower below is a yellow banksia and there were many varieties and colours of banksia flowers in the garden.
Yellow Banksia, Stokes Bay Bush Garden, Kangaroo Island
I carried a tripod with me for this outing as I wanted to get the sharpest images possible with the Macro/Micro lens.
The second image below is of a pink banksia flower. Most of these images have been captured at an aperture of around f/10 and a shutter speed of between 1/500 to 1/1,000 second, I find that these settings will be sufficient to give adequate depth of field and a shutter speed sufficient to avoid any camera movement.
Pink Banksia, Stokes Bay Bush Garden, Kangaroo Island
The next image below is of a budding kangaroo paw flower.
Kangaroo Paw Bud, Stokes Bay Bush Garden, Kangaroo Island
When capturing images of flowers I always like to get some additional subject matter in the image to give some extra impact. In this one below I have captured a bee on a daisy flower.
It can be noted that Kangaroo Island is well known for its honey production and here we have a bee hard at work.
Daisy and Bee, Stokes Bay Bush Garden, Kangaroo Island
The equipment I currently use for my photography is as follows:
I really like some of the Hejnar Photo brackets and equipment; it is top shelf equipment from my experience and I have used the following from them:
- Camera L-Brackets
- Multipurpose Rails, suitable for nodal rails and flash brackets.
Kangaroo Island, South Australia – Part 1 – Photographing Sea Lions, Kangaroos and Koalas with the Nikon 300mm f/4 Lens
Kangaroo Island, South Australia – Part 2 – Photographing Echidnas, Pacific Gulls, Pelicans and Fur Seals
Kangaroo Island, South Australia – Part 3 – Pelican in Flight, Starscape, Lighthouse and Seascapes
Kangaroo Island, South Australia – Part 4 – Wildlife with the Nikon 300mm f/4 Lens, Sea and Sand with the 28mm f/1.8G Lens
Kangaroo Island, South Australia – Part 5 – Stokes Bay Bush Garden, Beautiful Flowers with the Nikon 105mm f/2.8 VR Micro Lens