Black & White

In looking back over the pics I’ve posted here, I realised to my surprise, that I’ve never done a post solely of my black and white images. So, as I’ve recently gathered some black & white and infrared pics into their own folder on my computer, it seems a logical follow- on to post some here: all taken at the Ifield Mill Pond & Bewbush Water Gardens.

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Infrared again

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Well – there we are folks …. the last few I used an ‘infrared’ effect on in my Paintshop Pro software, because I love the sunny, soft look it gives !

See you soon,   Eileen

 

 

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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


Shades of White

This is my second attempt at posting this – very frustrating as I’d done the whole thing and even posted it, but there was a long, long blank insert on it that I couldn’t get rid of. So I had to delete it all …. apologies to anyone who’d already viewed it!!  Let’s hope this one will be successful cos I might just go out and shoot myself !

I really like doing white on white, high key pics – especially as I seem to have accumulated a collection of white ‘objects d’Art’ – posh word for bric-a-brac ! Actually, some pieces are really nice ….  this little lady was a recent birthday pressy  and the cup and saucer are Coalport ‘Country Ware’.

Still Life with SwanDeer and Teacup 2

 

It’s gawn ‘n put ’em in the wrong order now!!  The Deer pics are supposed to follow each other and the Swan with border should’ve been 3rd – grrrr   Ne’ mind eh?  Lol !


Catching Up

I must admit I was quite shocked to see how many months have gone by since I last posted here – so now I must catch up and will start with some Hawthorn blossom.

I went over to the Pond last week , but it was very cold and very lean pickings for any water birds etc. The saving grace were lots of blossoms on the many Hawthorn trees around. They were actually all white but I fancied doing something different with them and discovered a set of ‘Retro’ effects in my PSP that I haven’t used before. I was pleased with the lovely pink colours and that it harmonised the background colours too….

I bought myself some tulips – I love their sculptural qualities and strong colours. The black background suited them very well I thought.

Other tools I haven’t really used are the Dodge and the Smudge Brushes. I really enjoyed using them to get these blending , softening effects.

I will endeavour to post again soon.   blessings,  Eileen


Stitch

These pics were my interpretation of a Flickr macro theme called ‘Stitch’.  They are of a lovely Christmas table runner that I bought a few years back…..

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On the last one I added a ‘glow’ effect called deep forest which I thought rather suited this embroidered leaf. I used to love doing embroidery myself in my younger days, but sadly arthritis caused me to give it up …. but I can do photography instead !

As always – thanks for dropping by,    Eileen


Shell Abstracts

A few pics of my adventures into my  shell macro world :

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Technically, getting the focus right in macro is always a bit tricky [ I’m still learning what my lens can do]  and I know that really patient photographers do ‘focus stacking’ – taking many shots with different focal points and then merging them into one whole with everything sharp. However – I haven’t got that sort of concentration , not to mention the acquired back-ache from sitting too long at pc plus  I’m useless with Layers. But, on the other hand, I’m quite happy to have one spot in the image sharp[ish] with the softer areas leaving  a bit ‘mystery’. Normally, to get everything in focus I would use a higher f number but when using my macro lens – the higher the number, the more temperamental the camera gets.  Well- that’s the end of my excuses folks….

Hope to see you again tomorrow …. Eileen

 


Pearlised Shells

I love shells – especially the ‘pearlised’ ones. Not living by the sea-side or in an otherwise exotic place , I have to buy mine from shops. As these are invariably located at the sea-side too, there’s not much chance of me adding to my collection. Of course I can shop on line for them, but it’s never quite the same as seeing them in the flesh is it?

I’m hankering after a large nautilus shell -pearlised or skeletonised. For years I had a really beautiful one but one day when I was setting it up for a still life, I dropped it! [I’m sure I’ve mentioned this on my blog before] anyway – it broke my heart, but I decided to ask my son to have a go at ‘skeletonising’ what was left of it – and guess what? It got dropped again and that was the end of another bright idea!!!

I’ve seen them for sale on line but so far haven’t ordered one , partly because they are soooo expensive now and partly, again, it’s best to see what you’re buying methinks …. hmm – Christmas is coming ….

Anyway – here are some post-processed offerings :

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Back again tomorrow –  I seem to have a back -log of quite a few pics to upload. You know the old saying about waiting for a bus don’t you?   God bless,   Eileen