Dominoes

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Playing Games

These dominoes must be from the 1930s/40s I think. They were my father-in-laws originally. I thought they would make an interesting still life subject as well as lending themselves to some macro shots too.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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I must say that I’m really enjoying using my macro lens….. after struggling for a while on my own to get to grips with my Olympus camera and macro lens , I managed to find someone who could spend a couple of hours with me and explain its mysteries. It was well worth the tuition cost to have practical demonstrations and have questions answered. It’s simply a matter of much practise now so that it’s embedded in my brain rather than keep having to look up my notes all the time. Mind you, the old memory ain’t wot it used to be!!

Bye for now   Eileen

 

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Macro Spree

Softly Lilac

I’m really excited to have a new macro lens for my new camera! So – I went on an indoor macro spree.  I’d bought some fluffy feathers from a craft shop and tried spraying some water drops on them. This took a bit of time in itself as the water flattened the feathers down somewhat. It’s marvelous how the droplets stay put and God created feathers, skin etc to be waterproof!

Airy-Fairy

Purple

Purple Haze

Deep Purple

Purple Drop

Another post will follow showing less ‘abstracty’ pics …. see you soon   Eileen


An Apple a Day

An Apple a DayMy favourite subject to photograph is Still Life [ which I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned before] and we had several days of rainy/windy weather which kept me indoors. I’d bought some of these lovely red apples with an image idea in  mind, as well as looking forward to eating them.

I’d seen a still life image somewhere that featured one of the objects with a ribbon tied around it, so I thought I would put a green ribbon around the red apple, the colour being the complementary of red  i.e. opposites on the Colour Wheel.

For those who may be interested , in the Genesis Garden of Eden historical story, it says that Eve took and ate of the fruit of the Tree of knowledge of good and evil. But in the popular telling of it, people usually refer to her eating an apple. I puzzled as to why this was and found out that the ‘olde’ English word for fruit in general was actually appel/ aeppel.  That word gradually came to refer to specifally the fruit we now call an apple.  Mystery solved!

Gotcha!

Hit and Miss

For this more abstracty image I placed the apple against a setting of kitchen foil to see what the reflections would do. It looked so obviously tinfoil and not very exciting, so I tried out a few ‘effects’ with my software and came up with this one , it’s called ‘colour blast’ which I thought also made a good title for it.

colour blast

The next pic – as you can see is not an apple!  But I thought I would post it anyway cos it is a Still Life and comes from trees too. I think Autumn is a favourite time among photographers and the glorious landscapes they’ve posted on line are a real treat to view. As I am limited in the scenery I have access to, what better than to use colourful, fallen leaves to get the creative juices flowing ….

Leafy Garland Thank you so much for stopping by  –  please leave any comments , they are always most welcome. I get so few visitors let alone comments that it makes me wonder if there’s anyone out there? [ Ha ha – that isn’t a sympathy seeking statement – just stating the facts]  I’ve long given up puzzling about the mysteries of ‘getting more traffic’ in the world of blogging, but I do thank friends who support and encourage me. It means a lot and much appreciated. [typically family show no interest whatsoever in what their Ma is doing [- another ha ha  or Lol !]  again – not a complaint – things are as they are and that’s ok!  The main thing is that I really enjoy what I’m doing and thank the Lord for my hobbies and for keeping me sane!!

many blessings,  see you soon,  Eileen


Pearls

Pearls

Decided to go high key as well as minimalist with these beautiful shells, then did a few variations in my PSP software. I had a lovely pearlised nautilus shell until I dropped it on the floor the last time I used it in a still life. I was heart-broken … so I’m on the look-out for a replacement.  What a shame I don’t live at the seaside.  I will have to buy on line I guess but it’s not the same as seeing it in real life is it?  Anyway – I hope you like these pics.

Golden Glow

Well – this is going to be another very short post, but maybe that’s a good thing!

Hope ya’ll have a good day,  many blessings,  Eileen


Lone Ranger

Breakfast Still Life

My favourite subject when I used to paint was Still Life and that seems to be what I like to do best with my camera too.  Sometimes I thrash around for ideas and sometimes a lone object just pops into my head and I begin to plan what the eventual picture will be. I was trying to think of something that would be more minimalistic and an Egg seemed ideal. The first image presents it in the context of food we eat for breakfast. To make it less boring, I thought I would try balancing a little white feather on top and this pic came after a couple of attempts. Because I’d taken it from the fridge the shell began to get a bit moist and so when I dropped the feather this time it got caught at an angle – oh goody!

Lone Ranger

This is a much more minimalistic picture and more true to the idea I started out with.  Hope you like it ….  it’s forcing me to experiment more with lighting my subjects and I’ve learnt the hard way how highlights can glare and look ‘burnt out’, and as my room is very, very bright I’m learning to adjust my camera’s exposure settings to compensate. I’m really hankering after getting a CSC – which I may have mentioned before – they come under various names – Compact System Cameras, four-thirds cameras, mirrorless cameras et al.  The thing that appeals to me is that they are lighter to hold than DSLRs and have separate lenses. It’s a bit scary for me, but I get a bit frustrated with my present cameras’  limitations [good as they have been for me]  and I would love to learn to use a proper Macro lens.

That’s all for this post folks, see you soon dv,   Eileen


Cherry Ripe

Cherry Ripe

I had to resist eating the cherries I’d bought while I had fun photographing them. I can’t claim originality for the idea of using forks in a still life image, but I tried to do my own thing with them ….

Kissing Cherries

Kissing Cherries

Three of a Kind

Three of a Kind

Two Atop

Two Atop

And Two More

And Two More

Hope you liked them … I hope to show some Roses next time,   Eileen


Tulip Poses [posies]

tulip closeup

There are lots of bunches of tulips around in the shops at this time and I just had to buy myself a couple. They were in bud so only showing a slight hint of their colour. One lot was a bit disappointing because they appeared white with pale purple-coloured streaks but turned out completely white. The others were this lovely pinky shade.

tulip sculpture

tulip sculpture 2

tulip and twigs

tulip and twigs 2Till next time folks,   Eileen