Half Moon

Half Moon

The other evening we had a super clear sky – not a cloud in sight, so the moon really stood out against the blue.

moon

It was an opportunity to see if I could capture any detail with my inbuilt camera zoom. I’d been very happy with the results I’d got for close-ups, but I wasn’t sure if it would be any good with distance as there was no detail showing in the moon to the naked eye.

vignette

I’ve included these distance shots to illustrate the lack of detail. This one I ‘vignetted’ but I’m not all that thrilled with it as I’d absentmindedly forgotten to ‘save’ the one I really wanted!

moon & birds

I’ve included this one because I’d accidently captured a couple of birds as well ….. I just didn’t see them!

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Marbles

Five Marbles

In my ‘artistic’ days when I did a lot of painting in water colour and oils, the subject I enjoyed most was Still Life. So, in the times that I’ve exhausted garden stuff to photograph, and when there are no ‘hoomans’ to hand, I turn to setting up objects indoors to get creative with.  It’s essential not to have a distracting background, and in the absence of a proper studio, I bought a small Light Tent some years ago that came with a couple of spotlights and several different colour cloth backgrounds. It easily sets up on a table top, but I need to sort out my little ‘office’ so that I don’t have to keep setting up and dismantling every time I need to use it. I still have stuff to dispose of since downsizing.

marbles

Anyway – back to today’s offering:  I have some marbles ‘donated’ by my grandchildren which I’ve photographed a few times before.

Four Marbles

I placed some on a mirror tile and eventually managed to get them to stop rolling around …. what a palaver!

Marbles again

I guess it’s just been an exercise in using shapes, reflections and lighting. I do love a bit of sparkle, don’t you?   Eileen

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Rain Drops

Sedum

 

What I love about Sedums is the way rain drops collect and stay put on the leaves  – so convenient for taking photographs. The plant has fleshy, succulent stems and leaves and as it’s clump-forming it makes  it very easy to control and also to propagate. I found out by accident that if a stem breaks off  you can just stick it in the ground and it will grow into another plant …. even better – you can give them to your friends [if they want them].

So, after the downpour the other day, I saw the sedum covered in bright droplets, looking like little jewels with the sun shining on them.  My photos don’t really do justice to what I saw as they can’t completely capture the beauty of God’s creation. Just shows you though what marvelous inbuilt lenses He gave us !

Raindrop

In spite of the monochrome colouring, the sculptural quality of the plant makes it really interesting [at least, to me] and it wasn’t until I uploaded the pics to my laptop that I saw the ‘debris’ in the close up shots of the single raindrops.

raindrop2

Then I had a go at isolating a green droplet against a black and white leaf and stems. I love my Paintshop Pro software! Always found it easier to fathom out than Photoshop – cheaper to buy too….

Black & white

Bye for now – you are very welcome to comment by clicking the ‘comments’ word at the end of the opening paragraph info.     Eileen


For a Short While – The Rain

Splash

I took these photos through the window a few days ago when we had rain as a respite from the heat wave. The forecast seems to be for a bit more of our usual weather shortly, but that’s ok cos I don’t like the heat that much! It’s probably an age thing as all the ‘olds’ I know feel the same , but the young absolutely love it!

Rain

When it rains it makes everything look different and it creates opportunities for me [when the rain stops] to search out things in my otherwise ‘samey’ little patio garden. Plus I can shoot through the glass if it’s pouring down outside. I was very pleased to capture some ‘splashes’ in front of Ollie the owl and his companion [who I haven’t thought of a name for yet].

Ollie and Friend

Ollie and Friend

I will post some sedum/raindrops later today hopefully,  take care all –   Eileen