Another year is slipping away – but at least it gives us the technicolor beauty of the autumn season



Taken in Blake’s Wood near Danbury in Essex, the visit was initially to take shots of the bluebells ( for which Blake’s Wood is renowned ) – but I came across these Fiddleheads : developing ferns – before they have unfurled into the adult plant we are more used to.

Backlighting with Flash

Something I’ve been meaning to try for a while – and this morning whilst out for a walk I picked up a Sycamore seed ( there’s probably a proper name for this. Oh well! ).
Anyway, it lead me to this …

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Strawberry, Kiwi Fruit, Grape … and the Sycamore Seed. All taken on perspex backlit with a single flash – and captured on the Nikon D800 with a 60mm macro lens.


ORCHID by John Allen

A focus-stacked shot – forty-five images taken on the D800 and focus-stacked in Photoshop CC. The idea here is to increase the amount of the Orchid head that is in focus. Without the focus stacking the depth of field would be extremely narrow.

Poppy Seed Head

I’m trying to get to grips with the detail of Macro photography.
This was taken on the Nikon D800 with a 50mm prime lens reversed onto the camera ( using a suitable lens reversing ring ). This gives almost a 1:1 magnification : that is, the size of the image as it falls on the sensor is the same as the size of the object in real life.
From what I have read, that is the definition of true Macro photography. Of course, the magnification can – and does – get greater. but we have to start somewhere. 🙂

The shot was lit with a single Nikon strobe turned down to 1/8 power and fired through two layers of tracing paper to soften the light.
A polystyrene sheet to the right acted as a reflector to soften some of the shadows.

The depth of focus is not great – it’s certainly not sharp all the way through the image. It needs a dose of focus stacking. Maybe next time.

Ice Patterns

I changed the water in our garden birdbath this morning – and found these amazing patterns in the ice!

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All taken on the Olympus EM-1 with a 60mm macro lens and a tripod. There’s a lot of ‘noise’ in the first couple – the ISO was much too high – but the last one is much cleaner!