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

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Still Life of Course!

Trug & Jug

Been stuck indoors a lot lately but amused myself with setting up some more still life subjects. The trug and especially the brown jug have been favourites of mine from way back – I like the ‘rustic’ look and feel of them.

It seems that there are people out there who haven’t heard of, or known about ‘trugs’.  I believe they are unique to Sussex ? so generally called ‘Sussex trugs'[obviously Lol]  I love the shape and sturdiness of them.  This one is a mini size, but the full-size ones can be really quite large. Very useful too. The only drawback is that they can also be expensive – that must have been why I settled for a mini one at the time!  But I’m glad I did because it’s ideal for a table-top still life set-up.

Still Life 2

This second shot, although much the same, has a nice glow from the orange onto the nut which I hadn’t noticed when I was actually taking the photograph. The not-so-good point is that the handle is full on and sort of blocking entry into the picture.

Orchids

It happens to be my birthday today and my lovely daughter took me out on HER birthday a few days ago and bought me this beautiful orchid. I complemented it by buying myself the mini one. Together with the oriental gentleman taking tea, I thought they would make a nice harmonious still life group, so out came the camera. I thought the colours went well together and added a border to finish it off.

Oriental

Not sure that this one completely ‘worked’ but I cut out the tall orchid [ not because I didn’t like it but wanted to experiment a bit] and made a more compact group.  It meant using my Paintshop Pro software to crop out the other orchid and erase the stalks and sticks etc and boy – did that take a long time and a lot of doing! Anyway – I hope my perseverance was worth it … not sure about the two large leaves though – a bit like bunny rabbit ears – but I tried to make them less obtrusive by fading and softening somewhat. The thing is, you can’t overdo these things because it can end up looking too artificial.

The main thing is that I had a lot of fun doing it and I’m always learning new things, which is a good thing at my age!

Please click the ‘like’ button if you feel so inclined -[ just to let me know you’re there]  and as always, constructive comments and suggestions are very welcome ….  see you soon –   Eileen

 


How Did I Get in Here?

Climbing Out

Climbing Out

After doing some ‘still life’ with this little chap I tried to use my imagination in other ways to involve him in a story and this is the result. It took  several days to do stuff in my Paintshop Pro , mainly because it’s fiddly trying to get accurate selections and then reversing them to enable background alterations. I wanted to keep the objects fairly sharp but not the backgrounds. I’m sure I could have made a better job of it if I knew how to use Layers properly, but sometimes you need even more patience I think – and mine is in short supply these days!

Anyway – I hope it brings a smile …. Eileen

Easy does it ...

Easy does it …

OK so far ...

OK so far …

Whoops-a-daisy!

Whoops-a-daisy!

aaaaaaah!

aaaaaaah!

Phew - nearly there ....

Phew – nearly there ….

Terra firma.

Terra firma.

See ya’ll soon I hope – don’t forget to use ‘like’ button[ if you do]or leave a comment – they are always welcome – as well as any constructive critism or suggestions.   Eileen


Rain Drops

Sedum

 

What I love about Sedums is the way rain drops collect and stay put on the leaves  – so convenient for taking photographs. The plant has fleshy, succulent stems and leaves and as it’s clump-forming it makes  it very easy to control and also to propagate. I found out by accident that if a stem breaks off  you can just stick it in the ground and it will grow into another plant …. even better – you can give them to your friends [if they want them].

So, after the downpour the other day, I saw the sedum covered in bright droplets, looking like little jewels with the sun shining on them.  My photos don’t really do justice to what I saw as they can’t completely capture the beauty of God’s creation. Just shows you though what marvelous inbuilt lenses He gave us !

Raindrop

In spite of the monochrome colouring, the sculptural quality of the plant makes it really interesting [at least, to me] and it wasn’t until I uploaded the pics to my laptop that I saw the ‘debris’ in the close up shots of the single raindrops.

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Then I had a go at isolating a green droplet against a black and white leaf and stems. I love my Paintshop Pro software! Always found it easier to fathom out than Photoshop – cheaper to buy too….

Black & white

Bye for now – you are very welcome to comment by clicking the ‘comments’ word at the end of the opening paragraph info.     Eileen


For a Short While – The Rain

Splash

I took these photos through the window a few days ago when we had rain as a respite from the heat wave. The forecast seems to be for a bit more of our usual weather shortly, but that’s ok cos I don’t like the heat that much! It’s probably an age thing as all the ‘olds’ I know feel the same , but the young absolutely love it!

Rain

When it rains it makes everything look different and it creates opportunities for me [when the rain stops] to search out things in my otherwise ‘samey’ little patio garden. Plus I can shoot through the glass if it’s pouring down outside. I was very pleased to capture some ‘splashes’ in front of Ollie the owl and his companion [who I haven’t thought of a name for yet].

Ollie and Friend

Ollie and Friend

I will post some sedum/raindrops later today hopefully,  take care all –   Eileen


New Arrivals

 

 

 
Meadow Brown

For weeks I’ve been bemoaning the fact that I haven’t had any butterflies in my garden  – well today there have been several fluttering about and even resting long enough for me to take some pics.  I think this particular lot are called Gatekeeper [Pyronia tithonus] because they have twin black eyespots with white pupils on their forewing. Anyway – I only know that because I did a google search!  I’m delighted – especially as I’m getting more used to using the zoom on my camera instead of the macro setting [which I still haven’t figured out!].
Gatekeeper

I amused myself no end cropping and trying to be generally more ‘artistic’ without it looking too artificial  … BUT – I do try to get the best pics I can ‘in camera’ as is always recommended.  I tend to take loads of shots and discard the majority as many of them are almost the same –  it’s just a matter of choosing the best of the bunch. It’s been a bit on the windy side today, so as well as the butterflies and bees being on the move all the time – so are the plants they land upon unfortunately.

Gatekeeper2

I’ve deliberately kept some images high key to reflect the beautiful sunny weather  – although I appreciate some butterflies suit a bit of drama more.

With Sedum

Even though this Sedum isn’t in flower yet, the butterflies are obviously attracted to it. I’m fortunate in having several Sedums which I love – especially this dark red variety called Purple Emperor.

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Butterfly & sedum

I’m looking forward to posting some photos I took  through the window during a downpour yesterday.  I was going to post them today but the butterflies took priority!

see you soon,    Eileen

 

 


Busy Bees

 

Bumbly

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.

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Bumbly3

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Next time I hope to post something completely different to my recent wild-life offerings.  More ‘still life’ or abstracty.  See you soon,   Eileen