Flash In The Garden – 02

One of my previously broken New Year’s Resolutions was to get to grips with off-camera, outdoor flash photography – away from my usual safety net of a home studio and lots of time!

So eventually, a couple of days ago, I ventured outside into the garden with my Olympus OMD MKII, a 60mm macro lens and flash gun ( on an extension lead ) to catch whatever was about.

The first three images are of a clump of fungi Daphne had spotted growing in a sheltered corner of the garden. Fungi in January? A little unexpected – but then our winter, so far, has been quite mild – nothing to the atrocious weather that has struck parts of continental Europe. Our thoughts go to anyone who is suffering as a result!

01-garden flora by john allen02-garden flora by john allen03-garden floraby john allen

The final image is of grass growing in the crevices of an old tree stump (thanks, Trevor!!). This is probably the result of bird food left in the stump for the passing wildlife – but then again, we’ve not seen much of that over the past few weeks. They are obviously being fed somewhat better further down the road.

04-garden flora by john allen

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London Evening – 01

A couple of days before the New Year Daphne and I went for one of our favourite walks – along the South Bank of the River Thames, between St Pauls Cathedral and Embankment Station. These are some of the images I caught along the way.

All taken on the Olympus EM-1 Mk II ( I hear there’s a new one coming out later this month. Oh dear!! ) … and a 12-100mm f4 Pro Lens, handheld. ( Yes, I know!! )

St Paul’s Cathedralst pauls cathedral by john allen

The London Eyethe london eye by john allen

Skateboarderskateboarder-by-john-allen

Sleeping It Off?sleeping by john allen

Orange Stairwellstairwell by john allen

Xmas Fairgroundxmas fairground by john allen

Lookin’ Back #2 – 52

As promised last week, another four of my favourite images from the past twelve months.

Thanks for your interest over the past months. You’ve been great company.

All the best for 2019 πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

Storm Wave
Breathing Out
Holy Island Boats
Fruit

LOOKIN’ BACK #1 – 51

As the end of the year approaches I seem to find myself looking back over the last twelve months – thinking about what HAS happened, what IS happening and what the new year will bring.

In amongst all that I look for the favourite images that I’ve created over the year. So here are four of them – maybe another four next week to see out the tail end of 2018.

St Michaels Mount
Old Tulip Petals
Old Mine Engine House, Cornwall
Canned Flowers

Wherever you are, whatever you may be doing over the Xmas period – be safe and have a good one! And of course, my best wishes to you and yours for 2019. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

Studio Flower Shots #2 – 50

Not much incentive to venture outside in this cold grey weather. So I’ve hunkered down in my (Slightly) warmer garage/studio and taken more studies of shop-purchased flowers.

Fairly weak on identifying Β which is what, but then it’s the image that counts. Hope you agree. πŸ™‚

Orchid
Orange
Purple Macro

The ‘Purple Macro’ is a single shot. I’ve just rediscovered my Sigma Ring Flash and dragged it out for this shot. With the flower-head just a couple of inches in front of the 60mm macro lens, even lighting is always going to be difficult. There are still some dark shadows in the centre of the image, but I think I can live with those.


Ornamental Kale?

The “Ornamental Kale” shot is a focus-stacked image – 18 individual layers, merged together in Photoshop CC to give the deeper depth of field.

All taken on the Olympus E-M1 MkII with a 60mm macro lens. Will Olympus ever bring out a macro lens in their Pro Lens series?

Connaught Water – 48

An early morning walk in Epping Forest took us to Connaught Water, a large stretch of water near Chingford.

Not great light, but thankfully the rain held off. The second image is of some tree branches close to the water – a 25 second exposure taken with a ‘big stopper’ filter to give the water that soft, creamy look.

Connaught Water
Shapes
Texture
Old Tree
Fungi

Flower Portraits – 47

It’s been much colder this week – and the light outside has gone grey and flat.

So I’ve retreated into my small studio in the garage and been experimenting with studio shots of shop-bought flowers. Maybe as Winter passes and Spring arrives I’ll try something similar with the seasonal wild-flowers as they appear during the year. Maybe even try to achieve this outside where the plants are growing. Maybe!!!

Flower by John Allen-1Flower by John Allen-4Flower by John Allen-3Flower by John Allen-2

All taken on the Olympus OMD EM-II with a 12-100mm Pro lens and a couple of flash guns. Plus a little bit of Photoshop magic. πŸ™‚

Latton Common & Woods – 46

An early morning walk across a local common – Latton Common near Harlow – gave me these images.

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The light was amazing – the sun was creeping up, but there was mist amongst the trees, giving the woodland an almost fairy tale feel! I travelled light – just the Olympus EM-1 and a Pro 12-100mm lens.

Early morning has to be the best time of the day – especially when the photography is followed by coffee and porridge in the local coffee shop!