Philadelphia Flower Show 2013

On Sunday I had a few hours off so I decided to head downtown to the Philadelphia Flower Show. The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society produces the event that is held at the Philadelphia Convention Center in early March annually. There is usually a theme around which the participants create their art. This year’s theme was Great Britain nicknamed “Brilliant”.

It’s been years since I’ve been to the show and noticed immediately that the grand displays were a bit smaller than I remembered, but the venue was just as crowded. (They expect a quarter of a million people every year).

Now a word about flower pictures... I have been told never to include pictures of flowers in any kind of portfolio because of two reasons:

1.) There are billions upon billions of flower pictures everywhere. That is to say, unless the image I took was so memorable that it is head and shoulders above all other flower images most people will see... yet another flower.

2.) A flower is like the manifestation of nature’s beauty, a miraculous gift from God, each blossom is perfect in its own way. So if the flower doesn’t look amazing then the photographer probably made it look worse than it did in real life.


Nikon D4 Sigma 8mm f/3.5 fisheye@ 8mm f/7.1 ISO 400 1/160 sec with flash