Kew Gardens With Samsung Memory Cards

Five lucky ePHOTOzine members go shooting at Kew Gardens with Samsung Memory Cards and garden photographer Clive Nichols.

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From left to right: Sandra Crook, Joshua Waller (Technical Editor), Mike Smith, Clive Nichols (Garden Photographer), Vicky Fry, Mark Chamberlain and Susan Barton.

ePHOTOzine partnered with Samsung Memory Cards to find 5 ePHOTOzine members who could join us for an exclusive photography shoot at Kew Gardens with world-famous flower and garden photographer Clive Nichols. The five lucky winners were chosen a few weeks ago and on Tuesday 17 April 2012, Clive Nichols, ePHOTOzine's Technical Editor, Joshua Waller, and the five ePHOTOzine members met for a day of flower photography lessons and shooting sessions at Kew Gardens.

The five lucky members were given Samsung 16Gb SDHC memory cards to use and Clive Nichols was on-hand giving guidance and advice on how to take the best shots.

Here are some of the best shots from our members, plus their feedback on the day, followed by Clive Nichols comments:



Mike Smith




Mike Smith Thumb
Mike Smith Mike Smith - MikeSmith

Shooting with: Nikon D7000

Favourite part of ePHOTOzine: The feedback that comes from fellow ePz members, the comradery of others, their willingness to help fellow photographers and generally the whole "community" aspect of the site.

Favourite part of the day: The whole experience! It was good to work outside my comfort zone and great to hear Clive's comments on the shots as we took them.

Comment on Samsung memory card: Fast and responsive.

Clive's comments: "There are some great shots here. I love the perfect reflection of the water lily and the low angle that Mike has chosen to capture it. His shot of the iris has a lovely shallow depth of field but still shows some fine detailing in the petals. My favourite image is the fern in the glasshouse – superb composition and strong use of pattern."




Sandra Crook




Sandra Crook
Sandra Crook Sandra Crook - CrookyMonsta

Shooting with: Nikon D7000

Favourite part of ePHOTOzine: I love the community critique on photos and the wide variety of comments you get on your photos. I feel I have learnt more from member's critique on photos than anywhere else.

Favourite part of the day: My favourite part of the day at Kew Gardens was our time in the Alpine house, with Clive on hand to demonstrate some of the many possibilities it offers. It was great to have so much space to photograph plants which were so perfectly displayed and I can't wait to go back.

Comment on Samsung memory card: The Samsung memory card worked straight out of the pack and the download speed of RAW files is very impressive. It's great that it's waterproof, shockproof and magnetproof for the safe storage of photos.

Clive's comments: "Sandra has taken some unusual shots that are well observed - I especially like the image of the gardener in the water. She has used backgrounds well in her close up work – the poppies against the stone wall work well. My favourite shot is the delicate flower of the fritillaria – beautifully backlit with the morning sunlight."




Mark Chamberlain




Mark Mark Chamberlain - MarkTC

Shooting with: Canon EOS 500D

Favourite part of ePHOTOzine: As a learner I think my favourite element has to be ePHOTOzine's tutorials. Photo Month is a great feature too!

Favourite part of the day: My favourite part was when we all crammed into the Lily House as it was a great source of inspiration and Clive's guidance made it perfect.

Comment on Samsung memory card: The card looks good in its combat grey colour. When capturing an image it stored the image quickly and the transfer rate from card to PC seemed to be superior to the usual SD card I used. Yes, you read right, used as the Samsung card has now replaced it. I took the Samsung card out again on a shoot on Friday and was very pleased with its performance.

Clive's comments: "I was pleased to see that Mark took my advice and shot the orange flower with his macro against a purple flower behind – the image works really well. I also like very much the branch of the cherry tree in full flower with the Palm House out of focus behind."




Vicky Fry




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Shooting with: Canon EOS 60D

Favourite part of ePHOTOzine: The Photo Gallery

Favourite part of the day: The whole day was fantastic so it's difficult to pick one part. If pushed, I'd say meeting Clive, listening to his advice and getting to know fellow ePHOTOzine members.

Comment on Samsung memory card: Cool design, worked perfectly and downloaded quickly.

Clive's comments: "Vicky was very keen to get low to the ground so that she could capture some really nice close up details of flowers with her macro lens. The pictures show that in the alpine house she was able to get some nice shallow depth of field images of the alpines. Vicky also spent a lot of time photographing the amazing jade vine – one of the highlights of the day."




Susan Barton




Susan Barton Lily House
Susan Barton Image View Susan Barton - SusanBarton

Shooting with: Canon Powershot G11

Favourite part of ePHOTOzine: The friendly and helpful community and being able to easily make contact with photographers with like-minded interests.

Favourite part of the day: The Lily House as there were so many photo opportunities there. I am going back to Kew Gardens as soon as possible to improve on what I have already taken.

Comment on Samsung memory card: Very fast to download the pictures from camera to computer.

Clive's comments: "Susan loved the water lily house and she has taken a wonderful shot of the inside of it, showing off the delicate architecture of the metal and glass building. She also enjoyed shooting the individual water lily flowers and the image of the pink flower is striking."

For more information on Samsung SDHC Memory cards have a look at our Samsung SDHC MicroSDHC review.


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StrayCat 15 19.1k 3 Canada
28 Apr 2012 7:33PM
Who is standing in front of Clive in the group picture?

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vickyf 14 8 8 United Kingdom
29 Apr 2012 8:11PM
That's Natasha from Samsung. She certainly deserves a mention! Vicky
JJGEE 14 7.6k 18 England
29 Apr 2012 8:29PM
Looks like you all had a great day out and got some excellent images. Smile

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