I went to the gardens mistakenly thinking I had a photography class which wasn’t until the next day. That got me there early and without restrictions brought by following the group. It was before sunrise and I noticed people planting their tripods near this scene. They were stuck in one spot, not wanting to move their tripods, while I could move around for the best composition. ISO 1600, f/9, 125th sec. Canon R5 w/ RF 24-105mm lens.
I have vacillated between making it dark to hide unattractive soil and making everything a more even exposure. I don’t recall if reflections are supposed to be brighter or duller than the actual object but I went, finally, for duller. I abandoned putting deep black swaths on the right lower area and lightened them. They were naturally lighter.