Roses and Orchids

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt was my Birthday and Mothers’ Day in quick succession this year , so I had lots of flowers, of which these are a sampling,  to keep me happy with my camera !

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As they are all ‘cultivated’ florist flowers/plants, I can’t give their botanical names – only that they are Roses and Orchids – but you already know that  …Lol!

It’s a rainy day again today, so not much hope of me venturing out , but at the moment there’s plenty to keep my interest indoors. Living in a flat can feel quite isolated at times, but the Lord always manages to lift my spirits and there’s nothing like His beautiful flower designs to do that is there? I’m so glad He made us creative beings !

See you soon,    Eileen


Catching Up!

Daffs and Solidago

After a long absence from My Photo Blog, but not my camera, I’ve quite a bit of catching up to do here!

I thought I would start with some pics taken with my new Lensbaby Composer Pro 35mm. I’ve found it difficult to get the hang of, but when I get it right I’m very pleased with the artistic results ….

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The lens itself is moveable so that you can choose the part of the subject you want in sharp focus. Much depends on your distance from the subject as well as the f/ used. For ages I couldn’t figure out why I couldn’t change my f/ number using the usual dial on my camera, till I realised I had to change it on the actual Lens – silly me !

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It seems particularly suited to flower subjects – at least it is regarding the 35mm. Lensbaby have a whole variety of different lenses available and I’d hankered after owning one for ages, but as I can’t necessarily see the subtle differences between them and they tend to be very expensive, I don’t think it will be likely that I will buy any more – I’m very happy with what I’ve got !  I’d treated myself to this one as a Christmas pressy.

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Ha ha – this looks like a rogue macro of the same rose, but no matter – I’ll need to look up the techy info to check, which I can’t seem to locate here ….

Well, I’ll leave it at that for now and will post some more macro flowers next I think. Bye for now,   Eileen


Birthday Flowers

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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 :

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I hope to post more tomorrow – Mother’s Day flowers have arrived too! Lol….

 

 

 

 

 

 


Hedgerow Finds

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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 ….

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More tomorrow I hope ….. my thanks for viewing and if you feel inclined please leave a comment,  take care my friends,   Eileen

 


Fine Art

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Pink Whispers

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.

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Pink-a-boo

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Pink Blur

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In The Pink

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Gerbera Dream

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

 


The Ifield Mill

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The Ifield Mill

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.

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The next few pics are from the hedgerows along the path leading to the Mill.

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Wild Rosehips

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Time to say au revoir and see you soon dv,     Eileen


Macroland

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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.

 

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This is a Lisianthus from a bunch of flowers I bought … gave it the ‘soft’ treatment.

 

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Till next time ….    Eileen

 


Mothers Day Flowers

Pink RoseI 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 ….

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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


Roses

Rhapsody in Blue

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.

Deep Forest

I quite liked this ‘effect’ which is called ‘Deep Forest’  it gives it a depth of colour with a more hazy look.

Reflection

This is a more ‘faded’ bloom which I set on a mirror tile …

see you next time with another rose,   Eileen


Patio Garden

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This is a corner of my little patio garden.  As you can see  – there are still gaps to fill as I only started planting it up last year and wanted to see how much room the plants would need.  I’ve tended to go for ‘clump forming’ plants because I don’t want the hassle of invasive ones.  I know from past experience what a nuisance they can be – even if the flowers are beautiful [you can have too much of a good thing!]

The poppies, I think, will easily  divide, so I’ll be able to give some to friends. For the most part the chosen plants have all behaved themselves, but I bought an achillea that has spread far too rapidly – the flowers are a deep pink and appear to be more invasive that the lovely pale yellow variety I had in my old garden. So – I will get them dug out and passed on to my daughter who likes the feathery leaves.

I’m not able to do the digging and planting [because of arthritis/hiatus hernia etc] so I have to rely on a gardener to do it for me. Unfortunately he is very busy and tends to fit me in when he can …. I also rely on my son to take me out to Garden centres etc. when I need more plants.

At the moment it seems to be all reds and pinks showing , so I’m on the lookout for some pale yellows/blues. Irises [which I love] would probably fit the bill but the one I bought last year must have made a nice meal for the slugs as it hasn’t re-appeared.  Either that or it didn’t like the sun [no shade here whatsoever] or the soil isn’t right.  P’raps someone  could enlighten me?

My all-time favourite rose is now blooming – it is called Cream Abundance, so I just had to take pics of it again….

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Please feel free to leave a comment so that I know you’re there!    many blessings,    Eileen