Dandelion Clock

 

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Our weather here in dear old England is back to normal again …. you don’t know what it’s going to do from one day to the next. Anyway – I’d been looking out the patio window at the surrounding grassy area and admiring the buttercups. The men had cut the grass a week or so ago, but you’d never have believed it.

I noticed a few Dandelion clocks left over, so in between rain showers I dashed out [hmm , that’s a slight exaggeration at my age] to cut a fine-looking speciman to photograph indoors.

For a bit of drama, I draped a piece of  black material over a chair near the window and stood said Dandelion in a little pin-holder.

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From this angle it looks almost heart-shaped.  I’d taken loads of pics because  I knew there would be many with ‘camera shake’ as I’m not as steady as I used to be. Yes – I do use a tripod at times but I found the results, in this instance, didn’t justify all the messing about.

I’m still learning to use this camera and am experimenting with both the Macro setting and the zoom lens. I never use  flash.

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I love doing a bit of ‘post production’ on my photos and use the ‘soft focus’ on my Paintshop Pro quite often when I think it will suit the subject.  I also tried doing some background gradients in different colours, but they lost a bit of the drama.

Your comments or advice/experience is always very welcome …..

see you soon,    Eileen


Photo Art

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When I can’t find fresh inspiration I sometimes go back and have look through my photo library to see what I could have a bit of fun with. I love using my Paintshop Pro to get creative and try out different effects.

Tulips have a lovely sculptural quality to them and I experimented with ‘Gradients’  using the Flood Fill tool on the image background. I’m quite pleased with the results.

grI thought the Rose needed something a bit softer …..

bye for now     Eileen


Wakehurst Place,Sussex

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I don’t get out and about very much, so it was a really nice photo opportunity  when my good friends, Jean & Harry, took me to Wakehurst Place for the day. It has a little Mansion , beautiful grounds and several ponds/lakes etc.  These are just some of the pics to give a flavour…..

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See you soon …..    Eileen


Sunny Weekend

 

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I’m not sure what this little fella is  –  moorhen perhaps?  There – I should have looked it up before posting  …..

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He’s a handsome chap ain’t he?

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From a compositional point of view, I guess the squirrel maybe too central … I dunno , I know the rules but I can’t always follow them!


Wild Life

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For the first time in years I went away for a long weekend break . My family treated me to a Centre parc hol with them for the Bank holiday. It was wonderful to have a change of scenery and the opportunity to use my new camera on the wildlife . I was keen to try out the longer zoom lens on it and I was not disappointed.  This lovely Jay came to visit the chalet , plus lots of ducks and squirrels.

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As a footnote …. I must say here that I inadvertantly deleted all my previous Post  images  and I don’t think I can retreive them. So – as there’s no point in having the text without the pics, it looks like I’ll have to delete everything and start again from scratch. I’m currently seeking advice on the Forum but I don’t hold out much hope !! Any suggestions here therefore will be most welcome ….   Eileen