The National Botanic Garden of Wales

Last year I got myself a new camera - and I absolutely love it but I haven't been very good recently at getting out of manual mode and experimenting with it. Improving my photography is definitely high up on my list of things to do in the coming months, both for personal use (photos of my family) - but also for my business and taking shots of products for the shop and blog. A few weeks ago I went for an outing to the National Botanic Garden of Wales, and it's such a beautiful place, I thought it would be ideal for having a play around and getting out of manual mode. 

The thing in particular that I want to play with was depth of field - you know the classic - thing in the foreground is crisp and everything in the background a beautiful blur. So I dialled down the number on the aperture and away I went. I am really happy with how some of these photos turned out. Especially the purple flowers below with the blurry feet in the background. 

I definitely still have A LOT of work to do and so much room to improve its ridiculous. One thing I have discovered though is that I really enjoy photographing flowers so wandering around the walled garden while the little monkey below played with his grandma was a treat. To be honest I really love a walled garden. I have visited a few recently and I enjoy seeing the work and creativity that goes into how they are arranged and laid out - and the different features that are used. 

What do you enjoy taking photos of and do you have any tips for improving your photography?