Our second Fan Photo of the Week (April 09-16, 2012) was captured by photographer Roger Maki.
He tells us:
I took this photo at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA. My wife and I spent several hours there in April 2008 while I photographed the tremendous number of spring flowers that were blooming in the outdoor gardens, as well as other plants inside the conservatory buildings. “Solitaire” was one of the last three photos that I shot before we drove off to another location. This group of tulips was actually outside of the visitors center entrance in a raised bed about eight to ten feet square and maybe two feet high. I was struck by the single yellow tulip in the bed and wondered if it grew there by accident or if it was intentionally planted there. I never asked, but I couldn’t pass up this great photo opportunity.
I have been a serious amateur photographer since 1975, shooting 35mm color slides for 30 years until I switched exclusively to digital in 2005.
Much of my photography is self-taught from reading and practice, although I have attended a few seminars and workshops, such as the one-day Nikon School of Photography. I also participated in a Great American Photography Weekend workshop with Galen Rowell in 1994 and another with Art Wolfe in 1996. In 2000 I attended a weekend workshop taught by Baltimore fine arts photographer Tony Sweet, and in 2004 I attended a workshop taught by retired National Geographic photographer James Amos. I was a member of the Newark (Delaware) Camera Club from 1976-1977, and of the Tidewater Camera Club of Easton, Maryland from 1987-2005 and 2007-present. Most of my photos are taken during family outings and vacations. I began using Sigma cameras and lenses with the SA-300 SLR in 1995, and then I bought an SD10 DSLR in 2005.
Visit Roger’s website to see more of his beautiful work!