Well, would you believe it – I celebrated my 80th Birthday recently ! I have very mixed feelings about that …. but I had some truly lovely gifts and lots of flowers. Flowers, for me, are not something to simply leave in a vase – I love to let myself loose with my camera on them. Macro photography comes into its own and I also get trigger-happy with my little water spray bottle …. so here are a few resulting pics :
I hope to post more tomorrow – Mother’s Day flowers have arrived too! Lol….
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 do like to get a bit more ‘arty’ with my flower photography and so these few images show some of my results with a bit of post production – I hope you like them.
That’s all for now. I will be posting some pics [ hopefully tomorrow] of Teasels that I photographed at the Pond recently …. see you then, Eileen
Here are some more pics from my visit to the Mill. I’ve converted this one to a black and white image – it seems to suit this old Mill which dates back to the 1840’s. However – the first mention of a mill in Ifield was in 1274. I can’t quite make out from the Brochure exactly when the present [restored] Mill was built, but there are recorded mentioned owners throughout the 1600’s and 1700’s. Volunteers have done a wonderful job of restoring it from 1973 onwards , with the waterwheel being restored in 2008.
The next few pics are from the hedgerows along the path leading to the Mill.
Time to say au revoir and see you soon dv, Eileen
I’m loving using my new camera and lens and the hours fly by as I get lost in my happy Macroland. Been experimenting a bit with back-lighting etc. – all indoors of course!
These are pics of a shrub rose called Rhapsody in Blue that’s growing in my patio garden. Friends bought it for me a couple of years ago – it always makes a lovely show.
This is a Lisianthus from a bunch of flowers I bought … gave it the ‘soft’ treatment.
Till next time …. Eileen
I always look forward to receiving flowers on special occasions for obvious reasons. Roses, of course, are a classic subject for photographing against a black background, so here are my offerings ….
Please feel free to leave a comment or constructive criticism – it’s always nice to hear other people’s take on things. till next time, Eileen
This rose is called ‘Rhapsody in Blue’, although in truth it is more a magenta/purple colour. The buds start off a deep magenta and then change to purple, lilac, and an almost grey/lilac as it fades. It was much too windy to photograph outdoors so I set it up indoors and spent a couple of happy hours taking photos and then trying out various crops and effects.
I decided I would put a droplet of ‘rain’ on the petals but after it wouldn’t stay where I wanted it to, I just let it fall where it may.
I quite liked this ‘effect’ which is called ‘Deep Forest’ it gives it a depth of colour with a more hazy look.
This is a more ‘faded’ bloom which I set on a mirror tile …
see you next time with another rose, Eileen