Tulip Portrait

Pink Tulip

I love the sculptural quality of tulips because they make such clean, simple images … you can’t go wrong really, can you? I find this type of flower lends itself well to using a black background. Removing a petal allowed the stamen etc to be photographed from the front instead of from above.

Inner World

One of the challenges of photography is to present something that is a common and favourite subject for photographers in a fresh way – otherwise it can be a case of ‘if you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all’.  As with all ‘Art’ – in the end it’s all about Ideas.

From Above

Petal

Water Drops

Could have been a little bit sharper, but I quite liked the softer look – a bit more dreamy perhaps ….

Tulip Trio

That’s all for now folks, see you again soon I hope.  Your ‘likes’ and comments are always very appreciated,    Eileen

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Swans

Swan at Ifield Pond

These images are all of the same swan. His mate was on the far side of the lake sitting on their nest and he had conveniently come alongside the walkway. I always feel slightly guilty that I never take any bread with me because he obviously thinks he’s going to get some …. but I can’t juggle bread as well as the camera. Usually there are other people feeding them, but not today.

I made a huge mistake in not watching out for my shadow falling across him so when I got home I had to delete a lot of the pics. Not only was it my shadow, but the metal mesh at either side of the walkway cast  shadows too. Some of them I was able to rescue with a little bit of ‘cloning’. Anyway  – I still had plenty that I was pleased with and again – I enjoyed making them look a bit different with my PSP and ON1 plugin.

Swan 2

Swan 3

Swan 3

Swan 4

 


More From the Pond

Skimmimg the Lake

I’ve taken so many photos over at the Pond now so I thought I would get a bit of ‘creativity’ going by using some ON1 effects on these.  Normally I don’t like images to look too unreal/unbelievable, but I think I can get away with these … not to the purists’ taste of course, but I’m all for a bit of experimentation!  How wonderful that our Creator has given us the ability to create from His originals!

The lake

Evening Light

Nature Walk

Please leave any comments or constructive criticisms …. I’ll be posting some swan pictures later today/tomorrow.  Take care,  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 ….

Pink Rose 2

Pink Rose 4

Pink Rose 3

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


The Ifield Pond in Winter

Still WaterThis was taken on one of the few sunny days we’ve had recently. There was ice floating around on the lake and parts were really completely iced over.  I loved the clear reflections of the trees and a pair of swans sunning themselves on the far side.

Just humour him dear !

Just humour him dear !

When I got round to the other side this photographer got himself a prime spot  – it was amazing they let him get so close. They weren’t bothered by him at all.

On Thin Ice

It was quite a comical sight to see the various ducks, coots etc trying to keep their balance but they took it all in their stride , if you’ll excuse the pun ….

We can DO this chaps !

We can DO this chaps !

Coots

I added a warm ‘sunset’ effect to this image….

No Fishing Today

No Fishing Today

At various places around the Lake the local Council have built several platforms to fish from –  there were no takers this day though.

Ablaze

Ablaze

Amid all the dark, bare trees this one stood out because of it’s blazing orange colour against the clear blue sky – I’ve no idea what tree it is !! in the pic below it shows the clear image of the moon above it.  It really was a glorious day !

Ablaze 2

Ablaze3 As I got nearer to it I kept taking shots  and zoomed in on this one.  The colour did change in camera as a result, but I did a bit of artistic ‘tweaking’ afterwards on some too, but all within what I call enhancement I hope and not overdoing things.  It was truly a glorious colour au naturelle – honest !

I’m going to try to be more active on my Blog –  the trouble is that I have a finger in too many pies I think, as I belong to several photography sites. The good thing about blogging though is that I can post as many pics in one go as I like.

till next time,   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


The Ifield Pond in October

Waters Edge

This is the first year I’ve visited the Pond in Autumn and that’s because there is a now this lovely new path bordering the Lake so I don’t have to get my shoes wet in the mud. However the fallen leaves can be a bit slippery to walk on when it’s rained. These pics were taken before the rains came …

Autumn Colour

View from the Bridge

View from the Bridge

The Pond

The Pond 2

There were a lot of seagulls on the Lake and many of them were lined up on the side-rails of the walkway. I knew they would fly away as I approached so I went slowly and had to use the camera’s zoom before I got too near –  not nearly as good as having a camera with proper zoom lens attached, but I was quite pleased with the results ….

On The Rails

Have you got my best side?

Have you got my best side?

The original shots of the gulls were a little bit sharper and deeper in colour, but I liked the soft effect I got while messing around with the effects in my PSP. Another bit of artistic licence [which I’m prone to do cos I enjoy it!]

see you soon dv,   Eileen