Late Summer Colour

So it’s said, there have not been many of these beauties about this year. But I found this one on a walk around Gt Bardfield, Essex. He (?) was sunning himself on a leaf and waited just long enough for me to fire off a couple of shots.

A lovely splash of colour on a late summer’s day!

Beach Hut Padlock

This was spotted on my trip to Clacton. It was on the door of a beach hut on the front at Clacton, bravely facing everything the North Sea could throw at it! In the subdued light of that damp afternoon I was attracted by the textures in the stained wood and rusting metal. In need of some tender loving care, perhaps. But then, it gave the stronger feeling of being abandoned and lost.

Taken on my Nikon Coolpix P100.

Colours of the Day

Went for a walk along the Thames this afternoon – Richmond to Kingston – hoping to catch some early signs of the colours of autumn.

Two lucky strikes: the first was this one of leaves in a puddle, the water somehow enhancing the colours of the dying leaves.

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And the second was of this beautiful pink sky as we left the train back in Harlow.

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Both pictures taken with my Nikon Coolpix P100 bridge camera set to aperture priority.

Dragonfly

ISO 1000, 1/800 sec at f/7.1, 70mm lens on my D800.

Taken at Fen Drayton, this dragonfly – a Migrant Hawker Dragonfly (I think) – landed on a plant beside a footpathand stayed there for a while, apparently just sunning himself. It even stayed long enough for me to change the lens on my camera to a 70mm macro, and for me to capture several images of this beautiful creature.

I’m particularly pleased with this image – pleased, that is, apart from the annoying highlight on the side of his head.

Black and White

We tend to think of wildlife images as being full colour, but as I was looking at this image of a butterfly after I had loaded it onto my computer I thought that perhaps there was another way of seeing the image.

Not wanting to deny in any way the beauty of the butterfly, I do feel that the conversion into black and white does add another dimension to the picture. Somehow it helps us to concentrate on the textures and the shapes it contains, elements that can sometimes be lost behind that blaze of colour. So maybe this is where Art and Nature meet, without either one denying the value of the other.

Controversial? Not me!

Garden Visitor

Found this chap (?) in my garden hiding under a pile of old logs and leaves. He posed happily for me until I got too close at which point he scuttled off under some foliage.

I was using that same 105mm macro lens plus the 1.4x teleconvereter on my D800, and I’m really pleased with the result.
But look how narrow the depth of focus is! And this was shot at f/14 ( 1/60sec with the ISO racked up to 1000 again ). I also used a touch of fill in flash just to lift the image.

Flower Time

I’m not usually a flower photographer, but I spotted these yellow flowers – somebody will know what they are called – and was taken in by their brilliant colour and the texture of that central dome. ( You can see how much I know about flowers! ) Anyway, this was a tripod shot with the ISO racked up to 1000 on my D800 to give me an aperture of 1/50sec and an aperture of f/4.8 – I was looking for that ultra narrow depth of field, the near and distant petals being thrown out of focus.
I was using a 105mm lens with a 1.4 tele-converter, a combination I had been experimenting with when I saw the flowers, and this is the whole frame, no cropping – just a slight tweak in Photoshop on the contrast and exposure.