Cropping Beauty

This remains my all-time favourite photo that I’ve ever taken. I think it’s magical. It was a lucky shot, not something I’d planned. As always when I see a dragonfly, I follow, trying to get a photo. This one (a female Common Darter) perched in some long grass on a beautiful sunny day in theContinue reading “Cropping Beauty”

Blurred Petals

In order to focus closely on the stamens in these lovely spring Celandines, I have let the petals be blurred and out of focus. When taking close-up photos, you are constantly making decisions about which bits to keep in focus and which to blur. Even when you are using a tripod it’s hard to takeContinue reading “Blurred Petals”

Gusty winds moving in from the south west

I have a day off today and I decided I had to go outside no matter what! Luckily it was not raining, but there was quite a gusty wind and this made life a little difficult. When you do close-up shots even a small breeze can be a pain as the movement is magnified. TheContinue reading “Gusty winds moving in from the south west”

Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus

As you surely know by now, if you follow this blog, my favourite type of photography is macro. With this type of photography, perhaps more than any other, focus and depth of field are really important. Using a macro lens you can get really close to things, but getting so close means your depth ofContinue reading “Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus”

Serene Duck

I’m in Bournemouth at the moment, visiting my sister. The other day we went for walk to a local pond which has lots of ducks, and as it turned out a lot of gulls too. Anyway, I took a lot of photos, as usual, and this one stands out to me. This duck was fearlessContinue reading “Serene Duck”

Sparkly Experiments

I have a new toy to play with – a set of extension tubes. I was experimenting to see the effect of using them in different combinations and taking photos of a bit of pipe cleaner from my daughter’s arts & crafts pile. These are a few of the best shots going from just theContinue reading “Sparkly Experiments”

Holly Bokeh

My holly tree was all covered in shiny droplets yesterday, each one catching the light, giving a great chance for catching some bokeh. Here are a few photos that catch the holly bokeh quite well I think. I do like bokeh when it comes just by chance, although I have deliberately manufactured it on occasionContinue reading “Holly Bokeh”