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  which is what, but then it’s the image that counts. Hope you agree. 🙂

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?

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EPPING FOREST WALK – 43

A walk through Epping Forest this morning just after a short rain shower.

The forest had everything – colour, sunshine, bright red fungi, old trees with nooks and crannies and the blazing oranges of autumnal ferns.

All images taken on the Olympus EM-1 with a 45 – 150mm lens. I travelled very light.

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Is there a better way to spend an autumn morning?

Poppy Parents

This clump of poppies appears each year on a service road behind a local Tescos supermarket.
It was one of those sites from which, last year, we collected the old poppy heads – and then the seeds. They produced the flower featured in yesterday’s blog post.
On a walk past the location this year I saw the poppies against that old painted hoarding, the blue paint beginning to flake off – and I was really taken by the textures on the panel – and the brilliance of the poppy ‘red’.

I only had my iPhone with me – no other camera – but the phone did the job! I hope you agree.

Home Grown Poppy

Last year I ‘harvested’ some of the many poppy heads that were left after these amazing plants had finished flowering.
I collected the seeds and we planted them in pots in the garden – I didn’t imagine that much would happen. I was wrong!
This is just one of the many poppies that graced our garden this year.

London Lumiere

On Saturday night we ventured into Central London for London Lumiere.

It was pretty hectic – thousands of people – too many in some places, but the light show was brilliant.

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Just a few shots here from the evening. All taken hand-held on the Olympus EM-1, most with quite a large aperture – f4 or 5.6 – and with the ISO racked up to 800 to give me a reasonable shutter speed.