Much of my time is spent indoors and I love using cut flowers as my photographic subjects, sometimes in Still Life but mostly exploring them in macro.
I don’t think I’ve spoken much here about the cameras and lenses I use. Some years ago I decided to upgrade from the simple auto ‘point and shoot’ cameras I was using because , although they do take marvelous images, I wanted to achieve more. I was, and still am, an avid reader of helpful articles and tips – I wanted to learn all I could to develope my camera skills.
I asked for advice in a Parks camera shop what camera to start with and the Olympus Stylus1 was recommended, so that’s the one I went with. I couldn’t really afford to go for an all-out DSLR and lenses – too heavy for me anyway! So it was a matter of initially learning what I could with this camera before moving on when I felt ready to buy a camera with separate lenses.
As the Olympus Stylus had served me well [and I still use it for convenience when I’m out] I decided, mainly because of it’s light weight, to stay with Olympus. Started with Olympus OM-DE-10 and now learning to use the Olympus OM-DE-10 mk lll. My favourite lens is the 60mm macro – used for these shots.
The big nuisance for me though are the over-complicated menus , which, at my age and the accompanying tired and less efficient brain, are a pest to navigate and remember. I’m awful with the techy side of things and hope I can get by with the artistic side instead. [I learned about composition, colour,texture etc when I used to paint almost every day!] And now, over time, certain camera settings have become a habit with use and practice , so it’s easier to find things !
I often admire the work I see from other photographers and find myself looking at the equipment they use and it’s very tempting to think ‘if only I had the cameras and lenses they have, I could achieve so much more !’ But, as the saying goes ‘the grass is always greener on the other side’ and I’ve learned to be content with what I have and thank the Lord for His creative gifts … ha ha – there’s no way I’d have the strength to hold that heavy DSLR and goodness me – those Lenses !!!
Well, that’s all for now dear friends, hope I will have helped someone who may be just starting out on the same journey , Eileen
I 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 ….
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
This rose is called ‘Rhapsody in Blue’, although in truth it is more a magenta/purple colour. The buds start off a deep magenta and then change to purple, lilac, and an almost grey/lilac as it fades. It was much too windy to photograph outdoors so I set it up indoors and spent a couple of happy hours taking photos and then trying out various crops and effects.
I decided I would put a droplet of ‘rain’ on the petals but after it wouldn’t stay where I wanted it to, I just let it fall where it may.
I quite liked this ‘effect’ which is called ‘Deep Forest’ it gives it a depth of colour with a more hazy look.
This is a more ‘faded’ bloom which I set on a mirror tile …
see you next time with another rose, Eileen
This is a corner of my little patio garden. As you can see – there are still gaps to fill as I only started planting it up last year and wanted to see how much room the plants would need. I’ve tended to go for ‘clump forming’ plants because I don’t want the hassle of invasive ones. I know from past experience what a nuisance they can be – even if the flowers are beautiful [you can have too much of a good thing!]
The poppies, I think, will easily divide, so I’ll be able to give some to friends. For the most part the chosen plants have all behaved themselves, but I bought an achillea that has spread far too rapidly – the flowers are a deep pink and appear to be more invasive that the lovely pale yellow variety I had in my old garden. So – I will get them dug out and passed on to my daughter who likes the feathery leaves.
I’m not able to do the digging and planting [because of arthritis/hiatus hernia etc] so I have to rely on a gardener to do it for me. Unfortunately he is very busy and tends to fit me in when he can …. I also rely on my son to take me out to Garden centres etc. when I need more plants.
At the moment it seems to be all reds and pinks showing , so I’m on the lookout for some pale yellows/blues. Irises [which I love] would probably fit the bill but the one I bought last year must have made a nice meal for the slugs as it hasn’t re-appeared. Either that or it didn’t like the sun [no shade here whatsoever] or the soil isn’t right. P’raps someone could enlighten me?
My all-time favourite rose is now blooming – it is called Cream Abundance, so I just had to take pics of it again….
Please feel free to leave a comment so that I know you’re there! many blessings, Eileen
This is a super Heuchera , appropriately called ‘Marmalade’ that I bought last year. I love heucheras and I love marmalade- so what more could a person ask for? They are such undemanding plants and have spires of tiny starry flowers in early summer. I like them because they are clump-forming – and they look beautiful in the rain too.
I’ve shown images of this lovely rose here before – Rhapsody in Blue – but this time it had a visitor. It looks like a ladybird, but it is yellow and black, so that has thrown me a bit! Anyway – as yellow is the complementary colour to the purple rose [on the colour wheel] I thought it looked rather nice. The bug isn’t as sharp as it might have been ‘cos it was on the move the whole time ….
I thought I would throw this one in rather than make it a new post …. it almost looks like the snails and debris are on the sea shore, rather than on the paving in the garden – just a bit of flotsum and jetsum.
see you soon, 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
When I can’t find fresh inspiration I sometimes go back and have look through my photo library to see what I could have a bit of fun with. I love using my Paintshop Pro to get creative and try out different effects.
Tulips have a lovely sculptural quality to them and I experimented with ‘Gradients’ using the Flood Fill tool on the image background. I’m quite pleased with the results.
bye for now Eileen