I bought myself a huge bunch of Daffodils and enjoyed myself taking photos of them. As ya’ll know by now – I like to ‘enhance’ my shots in Paintshop Pro. This allows me to bring a bit more creativity into what can be just another run -of- the- mill subject … I hope you like the results. I’m really grateful for this modern technology that allows me to share something that I would otherwise just tuck away in an album somewhere. Ha ha – it’s a substitute for plying someone in my home with all those snaps that you have to be polite about! Bye for now, Eileen
I’ve been picking up tips about lighting for my still life subjects and decided to try using a couple of Led lamps that I nearly got rid of. They turned out to be useless for me in the living room as they weren’t bright enough. However – they are just what I need for taking photos. My ‘studio’ is a table top and I also make use of a light tent – which is simply a fabric cube about 16″ square.
See you soon, Eileen
The other evening we had a super clear sky – not a cloud in sight, so the moon really stood out against the blue.
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.
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!
I’ve included this one because I’d accidently captured a couple of birds as well ….. I just didn’t see them!
I love lavender plants and so do the bees …. ladybirds and butterflies are in short supply in my garden – well, non-existent really – but the bees are out in force. So, I thought I’d have another go at practicing with the macro setting on my new camera. Hmm – very disappointing I must say – goodness knows what I’m doing wrong. It must be because I’m treating it asin ‘auto’ mode I guess – I don’t know if I’m supposed to be selecting other things to help.
Fortunately I’d read tips from someone about using the zoom lens for flower close ups instead and so I’ve contented myself with experimenting with that. These are the results, but I know I could do so much better! I found it wasn’t much good my trying to set the camera for fast-moving objects either …. I find it all very frustrating as I really hanker after lovely sharp images. However – as I’ve said elsewhere – I try to make up for that with being more ‘artistic’ when sharpness isn’t crucial. And as I enjoy using my Paintshop Pro it becomes such a pleasure to do. I try to get as good a photo ‘in camera’ as I can though and I don’t like to be too obvious in ‘enhancing’ images. But there are instances when it’s ok to go to extremes and a lot of fun too.
Next time I hope to post something completely different to my recent wild-life offerings. More ‘still life’ or abstracty. See you soon, Eileen
Fortunately I’d chosen to visit the Pond a few days before the present heatwave really hit us. Nevertheless – it was a really bright,sunny day and I was armed with my brand new camera – Olympus Stylus 1 – recommended by a very helpful assistant at Park Cameras in Burgess Hill. Because I’m struggling with the settings etc I ended up going back to ‘auto’ . I know I could have done better, but hope I’ll get brownie points for trying!
I do feel the need for a kindly hand to guide me or a nearby class to join, but meanwhile , though it takes twice as long when you don’t know what you’re doing, I will learn by swotting and trial and error – and I will try to compensate by being ‘artistic’ …. But – I’m loving my new Stylus 1 and something I didn’t think I’d find easy is using the view-finder! My not so efficient eyesight means I prefer to use the screen to take my pics usually. But this viewfinder is a good size and switches from the screen mode automatically when you press said viewfinder to your brow. I’m sure it’s making me hold the camera steadier too.
As I took rather a lot of pics I will spread them over a couple of posts. Some are of the scenery, some of the wildlife and some of people and doggies.
This is taken from a small concrete bridge where the Lake leads into a somewhat stagnant looking canal. It is very quiet and secluded and the reflections of the surrounding greenery are lovely.
A little bit further along, the Lake narrows and is dissected by a road, the other side seems to be quite a little haven for the ducks and geese as they like to gather there to be fed by everybody. It’s a very picturesque part …
From another angle. I liked the shadow patterns of the tree.
Well folks, as usual, I would really appreciate any comments or thoughts on these images, if you have the inclination. see you soon with some doggie pics.
many blessings, Eileen
This Geranium [Crane’s Bill] is growing outside my garden border – from past experience I know how they can take over a garden. However pretty they are, I don’t like ‘invasive’ plants, but the Bees do and they were going crazy over this one.
I would have liked the bees to have been sharper, but they were moving about from flower to flower the whole time , so it was pure chance that I got a couple of reasonable shots.
It’s times like this that show my lack of camera know-how – and oh how I long for a guiding hand over my shoulder! Maybe one day I’ll find a photography class/course /day that will be conveniently near enough for me to attend …. but ideally – it would be lovely to find a knowledgeable companion to go on photographic walks with. Meanwhile, as usual, I have to learn as best I can from the many excellent photography Blogs here or my beloved books, but as when learning to use a computer, there’s nothing like a real person to explain things is there? Oh dear – I hope I don’t sound too sorry for myself!!
see you soon, Eileen
My good friends Jo and Terry invited me to lunch the other day so I went armed with my camera cos I knew they had some beautiful flowers and shrubs in their lovely garden. The image above shows some ‘keys’ hanging on the red-leaved Acer they have growing in a tub. Jo told me this is the first year they’ve appeared.
This is a gorgeous Meconopsis – Himalayan Poppy … isn’t it a heavenly blue?
And finally – an Anemone de Caen – one of my all time favourites cos they come in such jewel-like colours. Please forgive the stem cutting across – it was unavoidable!
How blessed we are to have such a wonderful Creator, who has provided for our aesthetic needs as well as our material necessities. To quote part of Philippians 4:8: Whatsoever things are …. LOVELY … think on these things. (Especially if you’re feeling ‘down’).
bye for now, Eileen
This is the shrub rose that my friends gave me recently. The label on it tells me it was ‘Rose of the Year 2003’ and I can certainly see why.
Colour may sometimes be called what it isn’t, eg in the Cat breeders’ world, a grey-coated cat is referred to as ‘Blue’ – as in Blue Persian, or a ginger cat is Red, as in Red-self. And so it is in the plant breeders’ world it seems – for it says clearly on my Rose’s label that it is a purple rose , changing to slate grey as it fades. But Blue? – no – that is the colour of the sky.
Still, leaving aside the anomaly, it is a truly beautiful rose and I love its name. It photographs well too. I love to get ‘creative’ and I have a couple of mirror tiles that I like to use sometimes.
The accuracy of reproducing the actual shades of colour may be a little bit off in these images , especially in the post production stuff I do, so I hope technical purists will forgive me. My artist’s eye tells me the purple of this rose has more red in it than blue, and part of its charm is its changing colour. I welcome any comments /advice …. bye for now, Eileen
Well, of course, being England – it couldn’t last long could it? … the sunny weather I mean ! After being spoilt with the most gordeous blue skies and warmth for almost a week – it turned nasty again. I don’t mind the usual showers or even the heavy rain we’ve been getting – it’s the sudden drop in temperature that chills me poor ole bones that gets to me. Still, I shouldn’t complain when there are parts of the world that suffer so much from earthquakes, tornadoes and the like ! Hmm – I’m living on easy street ain’t I?
Before the rains came I was able to buy some plants to begin filling up the little border. As I’m now the proud owner of a little pickett fence I decided a couple of Clematis would look good scrambling over it. No matter that I discovered too late that Nellie Moser grows 10ft x 10ft ….