It’s been two weeks into the school year, and it’s so exciting. So many things to do and so many people to do things with!

However, I’m already missing the free time and solidarity that I had in the summer. Summer ended perfectly this year, when my church went on a retreat at America’s Keswick Retreat Center in Whiting, NJ. It was beautiful area, and one thing I really admired about their retreat site as their gardening. They had a lot of nice flowers, and they took really good care of them. I had a blast practicing some close-up macro shots that weekend. Look at them below 🙂

(WARNING: Photography Jargon Ahead!) All of these were taken with my Sony A57 DSLR, with my 35mm f/1.8 prime lens attached. It was really bright out, so I could use a low ISO and really fast shutter speed. I wanted to keep the f-stop (aperture) lower so only the flowers were in focus. Enjoy!EC Retreat 2015 Flowers Daytime (9 of 13)

35mm   f/4.5   1/250 sec   ISO 400

EC Retreat 2015 Flowers Daytime (8 of 13)

35mm   f/4.5   1/250 sec   ISO 400

EC Retreat 2015 Flowers Daytime (3 of 13)

35mm   f/2.8   1/320 sec   ISO 200

EC Retreat 2015 Flowers Daytime (7 of 13)

35mm   f/4.5   1/250    ISO 400

EC Retreat 2015 Flowers Daytime (10 of 13)

35mm   f/3.2   1/500 sec    ISO 400

EC Retreat 2015 Flowers Daytime (4 of 13)

35mm   f/2.8   1/3200 sec   ISO 200

EC Retreat 2015 Flowers Daytime (2 of 13)

35mm   f/5.6   1/125 sec   ISO 200