I have mainly used my macro lens for food & product photography so this was the first time I went looking for flowers to photograph, arriving at the Abkhazi Gardens in Victoria after the flowers had been watered and before other visitors had arrived. There was enough early morning sunlight so no additional lighting was required. Anything shot under f5.6 didn’t have enough depth of field – in fact f8.0 was the minimum and f11 was optimum. While the Image Stabilization feature on the lens was useful, nothing beats a tripod (check by phone first as it may not always be allowed). I travel with a Gitzo 2541L tripod with a Really Right Stuff BH-40 LR Ballhead. This tripod is light but solid and easily fits into a small suitcase for air travel – better to have a lighter tripod with you than a heavier one at home.
Photographed with a Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 100mm f2.8L Macro IS lens.