Sea of Lavender in San Juan Island, WA

Lavender field in Washington State

[/caption] A great place to visit while visiting San Juan island is the small but awesome Lavender farm, which is found in the interior part of the island. It’s free and you can walk along the many rows of lavender. However, if you’re allergic or afraid of bees I wouldn’t recommend getting too close to them. Just like most busy bees I was able to walk among the rows and had no problem with any angry bees. There is also a nice gift shop that has, I believe, over 200 products that are made from lavender. There is also a nice picnic area to relax and look over the lavender fields. To get this shot I made sure to attach my CIR-PL and warming filter due to the fact that the sun was very harsh since it was a very sunny day and I was taking my photos around 4:00pm. Luckily the sun was at a 90 degree angle on my right side. I didn’t use my tripod since it was too difficult to get in close to the lavender without bumping them which was really upsetting the bees. However, I was able to get really close with my Sigma 50mm macro/prime lens as I crouched around them. However, this shot was taken with my Sigma 17-70mm lens at 23mm focal length. I wanted to get the most panoramic photo of the lavenders without having any distractions in the photo so I made sure to have the correct focal length as well as stand in the best spot within the acres of flowers. I had the camera in Normal/Program mode and I set the ISO to 100 and the white balance at -0.7 so the the aperture was at F5.6 and the shutter speed was at 1/100 second. I would recommend visiting the lavender farm since it’s an easy place to get to and offers something a little different.

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