Some different takes on flower photography this week.
The first is the studio shot of a freshly cut rose. This was an experiment into 3D ( or stereoscopic ) photography and this is only one of the pair of images I took. Sadly at the moment I can’t show you the 3D effect – but maybe later.
This one is a table decoration in a local coffee shop. A grab shot on an iPhone with natural light. I left the ‘order number’ and the books in the shot as added interest.
These last two are of wild flowers on a recent visit to Switzerland : the first a worm’s eye view, and the second thistle-like ( or clover? ) plant attracting the interest of an small insect.
You can see I’m not at all clued up on the names of Flora and Fauna – but in my mind, it’s the image that counts!
Last Sunday we took a ride out to Southend-On-Sea. It was a busy, bustling place – everyone encouraged, no doubt, to be outside in the lovely weather!
Passing the fairground near the shore-end of the pier we noticed this agitated crow – apparently concerned by the rumbling of the inverted people passing by on the yellow track.
We then discovered why he was agitated – the crows had chosen to build their nest inside the metalwork of the roller-coaster. Not a great shot, but you can just see the crow standing on its nest INSIDE the framework! We guessed this was the first day that the ride had been opened this year – and we wondered how long it would be before the nest was abandoned?
But at the other end of the pier things were a little more peaceful – but we were a couple of hours early for the anticipated ‘Folk Music & Beer’ event. ( Not its official title – and we didn’t stop for it.)
But we did spot the young Turnstone on the end of the pier. He (?) seemed a little distraught and kept calling but seemed to be completely alone. Lost or abandoned, I wasn’t sure – but I managed to get quite close to him and get these two shots. My favourite is the second one. Just a bit more movement!
As a follow on from last week’s post, I’ve re-tried the image of the wine glass against the dark background.
Most of the shoot was taken up with trying to eliminate the reflections in the bowl of the glass – the difficulty I highlighted last time! And I think that I got there, apart from those two ‘vertical’ ( ish ) lines near the centre of the frame. I think they are reflections of the light source – maybe even reflections of reflections – the glass being curved, there must be light being bounced all over the place.
All of the other reflections – of what was either side and behind the camera ( the contents of me garage – were eliminated by draping a black cloth over the whole set and down behind the camera. It made it a bit difficult to fire the camera – perhaps I should have used a remote or tethered it to the computer ( but I didn’t ). Anyway, here’s the result!
Another quite photographic week, but yesterday morning we walked along the River Stort going north out of Sawbridgeworth towards Bishops Stortford.
I didn’t even take my Olympus along with me this time – but, as they say, the best camera is the one you have with you – and I had my iPhone. These were all taken using the Lightroom app on the iPhone enabling you to capture RAW images on the phone, and wirelessly transfer them to your computer!
This is one big animal – enjoying a box of old apples with a younger family member.
For those into vintage cars, this appears to be an old Ford. ( Shame about the No Parking sign – ironic, I suppose! )
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!! )
In Northumberland for a week with some photography friends from our club. The weather for the week doesn’t look too kind but yesterday we went to the Breamish Valley on the east side of the Northumberland National Park.
This is a shot of the River Breamish running across the rocks forming a small weir. Taken at f/22, 1/20 sec at ISO 320.