For some reason or other my energy levels seem to have taken an upward turn recently – maybe it’s the effect of the lovely sunshine we’ve been having or the fact that my frequent ailments seem to have spent themselves for a while …. not only that – the garden has suddenly come to life with poppies and roses and has inspired my hobby!
However – I’ve chosen to entertain ya’ll with pics of a wild flower I spotted on the other side of my fence. I think it’s Love-in-a-mist but p’raps someone could enlighten me?
I’ve titled the one above ‘Catching the Drops’ because it looks as if there are a couple of tiny hands holding on to the water-drop!
That’s about it I think …. hope you like them!
Many blessings, Eileen
I must admit I was quite shocked to see how many months have gone by since I last posted here – so now I must catch up and will start with some Hawthorn blossom.
I went over to the Pond last week , but it was very cold and very lean pickings for any water birds etc. The saving grace were lots of blossoms on the many Hawthorn trees around. They were actually all white but I fancied doing something different with them and discovered a set of ‘Retro’ effects in my PSP that I haven’t used before. I was pleased with the lovely pink colours and that it harmonised the background colours too….
I bought myself some tulips – I love their sculptural qualities and strong colours. The black background suited them very well I thought.
Other tools I haven’t really used are the Dodge and the Smudge Brushes. I really enjoyed using them to get these blending , softening effects.
I will endeavour to post again soon. blessings, Eileen
A few pics of my adventures into my shell macro world :
Technically, getting the focus right in macro is always a bit tricky [ I’m still learning what my lens can do] and I know that really patient photographers do ‘focus stacking’ – taking many shots with different focal points and then merging them into one whole with everything sharp. However – I haven’t got that sort of concentration , not to mention the acquired back-ache from sitting too long at pc plus I’m useless with Layers. But, on the other hand, I’m quite happy to have one spot in the image sharp[ish] with the softer areas leaving a bit ‘mystery’. Normally, to get everything in focus I would use a higher f number but when using my macro lens – the higher the number, the more temperamental the camera gets. Well- that’s the end of my excuses folks….
Hope to see you again tomorrow …. Eileen
I love shells – especially the ‘pearlised’ ones. Not living by the sea-side or in an otherwise exotic place , I have to buy mine from shops. As these are invariably located at the sea-side too, there’s not much chance of me adding to my collection. Of course I can shop on line for them, but it’s never quite the same as seeing them in the flesh is it?
I’m hankering after a large nautilus shell -pearlised or skeletonised. For years I had a really beautiful one but one day when I was setting it up for a still life, I dropped it! [I’m sure I’ve mentioned this on my blog before] anyway – it broke my heart, but I decided to ask my son to have a go at ‘skeletonising’ what was left of it – and guess what? It got dropped again and that was the end of another bright idea!!!
I’ve seen them for sale on line but so far haven’t ordered one , partly because they are soooo expensive now and partly, again, it’s best to see what you’re buying methinks …. hmm – Christmas is coming ….
Anyway – here are some post-processed offerings :
Back again tomorrow – I seem to have a back -log of quite a few pics to upload. You know the old saying about waiting for a bus don’t you? God bless, Eileen
Another reason I love autumn is for the conkers …. but I don’t seem to have any in my immediate surroundings, nor have I seen any at The Pond, so I got my son to have a scout around further afield for me and he brought me these.
I thought I would try some low-key shots of them ….
I arranged some on my black glass-topped desk. I think the reflections have added a sort of abstract look to the image. I like the contrast of textures ….
I think I may try out some more ideas with them today though ….. bye for now, Eileen
Either side of the path leading to, and going around the lake [Ifield Pond] there’s a mixture of trees and hedgerows and in autumn it’s the bright little things among the bare branches that catch the eye – the variety of God’s creation is amazing and I’m always thanking Him for my hobby and these treasures and pleasures ….
More tomorrow I hope ….. my thanks for viewing and if you feel inclined please leave a comment, take care my friends, Eileen
I have the utmost confidence in saying that everybody loves Autumn [ I think !! Lol]. I went over to the Pond especially to seek out leaves that have changed to their autumn glory.
There were quite a few that had got caught up among other trees and shrubs on their way to the ground, and some were still attached to their parent tree, but without exception , they were all yellow! These pics are all in situ as found ….
I’m getting a bit like Busses – you don’t get any posts come along for a while and then you get several at once …. more from my autumn walk very soon, take care all, Eileen