Easter Photo Marathon

Over the long Easter weekend, I took part in a local photo marathon: Ffoto Marathon Pasg (that’s Easter Photo Marathon in Welsh). As we’re all on lock-down, the idea was to take photos on various topics while staying at home. On each of the days of the 4-day weekend, a new topic was given out in the morning and we had to submit our one best shot on the topic in the evening. I didn’t win anything, but it was fun taking part, and I thought I’d share my photos here. If you’d like to take a look at other entries you can find the ones on Instagram (the medium of my choice) here: https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/ffotomarathonpasg/

On Friday the topic was ‘wood’. I pottered around the house and garden thinking about what I could take a photo of, and then noticed, in the garden, that the wasps were taking an interest in the shed, as they do. They like to nibble the shed, and my garden chairs to make their nests with. So I positioned myself where I could see them landing on the shed and pounced to get a shot of one nibbling. This is the shot I chose to submit:

If you look carefully, you can just see the mark of where the wasp has been nibbling, just behind his antenna.

On Saturday the topic was ‘yellow’. This almost made me wish I’d taken a photo of something else for the wood theme, as the wasp would have worked well for yellow too! But I had to come up with something different. The main yellow things that kept catching my eye were the dandelions in the garden. I took some photos of the dandelions alone, but in the end I decided on a shot with a bee in it. There were several to choose from, but I ended up choosing this one:

I was trying to get a shot of the bee side on, with his eye in focus, but he wasn’t cooperating, but I loved the colours and position in this one, and the view of the wings and furry body

On Sunday the topic was ‘number’. I was a bit flummoxed at this one. How was I going to find something natural that involved numbers. Of course I could step out of my usual type of photo, but that’s hard when it’s just part of who you are! I considered a dandelion seed head for a while, as when I was a child we used to pretend they were clocks – you’d blow it repeatedly until all the seeds were gone, and the number of blows it took was meant to be the time! Silly nonsense, but I thought perhaps that would work. In the end I decided to go for something more literal when I realised that an old outside light attached to the shed had numbers on it. And when I realised that the visiting solitary bees were flying past it quite a lot while investigating the bee hotel and surroundings, it made me choose this as my shot. I never managed to get any with a bee in focus, but in this shot you can see it’s a bee, and that was good enough for me.

See, that orangey blob with wings, underneath the word SUN?! 🙂

On Monday the topic was ‘reflection’. I was looking at the water in my pond thinking how it was a shame it wasn’t really showing me a nice crisp reflection of the garden, when I thought about the sun making it sparkle. Which then led me to remember a Lens-Artists challenge not so long ago where I included a photo with sun-sparkle bokeh from the reflections in the pond. So I decided to take a photo of my last Snake’s Head Fritillary with lots of lovely bokeh in the background from the reflections of the sun on the pond surface and fountain. This is the shot I chose:

It’s amazing what a bit of sunshine sparkling off water can do to make a photo really magical!

There were some close decisions with some of the photos I submitted so here are some of the almost-chosen photos…

These 2 dandelion photos were up against the bee in my decision making on Saturday:

Looking into the heart of a dandelion
Dandelion, with a background of more dandelion!

Also in the running for yellow was this much subtler one, but I wasn’t sure it was sufficiently yellow:

Hoverfly on Cuckooflower, with the pale yellow of primroses in the background

On the Sunday, the dandelion clock idea looked good but I wasn’t sure if people would get it:

Maybe about 3 o’clock?

I did also think about featuring some of my crochet being measured, but lighting for indoor shots is difficult so I gave up on that idea:

How much further until my cardigan is finished?

On the Monday I had 4 different shots with the Fritillary and the bokeh to choose from but they’re all very nearly the same so I won’t show you the 3 that didn’t make it. Instead have a look at my other idea for that topic, with reflections of the sun in the droplets from the fountain. I love the Fritillary bokeh, but I really came close to choosing this one instead. I find it a very joyful image, and I love how there are little lines of sparkly reflections like you get when you wave a sparkler around in the dark! I wished I could submit 2 for Monday as I was so torn. Anyway, you get to enjoy it instead 🙂

Hope you have all had a happy and peaceful weekend, and it isn’t too much of a struggle being back at work if that’s the case for me. I’m back to working from home today, and my brain was convinced it was Monday all day, which was very confusing!

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By Suzy Shipman

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  1. I would be struggling to pick a winner among these shots, Suzy! They are all wonderful! Bee on a flower brings back lots of happy memories of warm summer days out in the woods photographing with our boys. I love Cuckooflowers too, so I will also choose that one 😀

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