Friday, May 9, 2014

Verbascum Pink Kisses

Spires of Verbascum flowers are beautiful in the garden ... if you've got the soil that they like!  This is one called Verbascum 'Pink Kisses' which is known under the common name 'Mullein'.  I've enjoyed doing some macro work with this plant during the past week though it's not a plant that I can successfully grow in my heavy clay soil.  
Verbascum 'Pink Kisses'
Verbascum 'Pink Kisses'

Sunday, January 5, 2014

My Lenten Rose Still Life Macro Technique

This past weekend the Lenten roses (Helleborus x hybridus) opened their first buds.  The lenten rose is a great long lasting flower in the winter and early spring garden and it's a good subject to photograph.  It does have the habit of having nodding flowers which are not as easy to photograph especially when the stems are shorter at this time of year. The only way I could photograph them was to pick a stem and bring it indoors.  Inside it didn't matter about the cold, the moisture or the wind.  I could control everything without having to lie down on the wet cold ground.

Earlier in the week  I was shooting witch hazel blooms indoors with artificial light and I wasn't happy with the colour saturation of the petals.  This time I wanted to work with as much of the natural daylight in the room as possible.
lenten rose hellebore macro still life
shot wide open at  f2.8 to give that soft and dreamy look  

Monday, December 16, 2013

All That Glitters Can Be Gold

What if you joined in with 500 other photographers from around the world and were given the word 'gold' to depict through photography or digital art?  How would you illustrate that word as creatively as possible? Well for me I decided to go the 'digital art' way rather than just taking 1 photo.  So I needed a bit of bling, a bit of glitter, a model, some inspiration from a few digital artists and loads of free time.  

Firstly back in September I 'recruited' my friend as a model.  She's so beautiful and her eyes are stunning but for this image I only wanted to take snapshots of her arm, hand and one with her hair tied back from her face with her eyes closed. 

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

The Fog and the Tree Hugger

I'd waited all year for this.  It was my first foggy autumnal morning of the season and I couldn't wait to get outdoors.  Breakfast was hastily eaten and by 7.30 am I was out with the camera capturing the hazy mood of the moment. There was a sense of mystery as I walked along the paths never knowing what lay ahead...

Autumn was still in its infancy.  Many leaves had taken to their autumn attire and plenty had already made their final descent to the woodland floor.  


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