Following on from my ‘Milestone‘ post earlier this week, my husband has been asking me for ages what I wanted for my birthday. I decided that I wanted to be selfish and have something I wanted rather than needed so after lots of research I decided on a new lens and it arrived this morning! The lensbaby Velvet 56 looks and feels sturdy and allows you to be really creative in producing abstract shots. My first love photography wise (after my grandchildren of course) is macro shots of flowers (often dead ones 🙂 ).
So although its a cold January day with very little around I’ve been ‘playing today. It’s a fairly steep learning curve and using manual focus needs more concentration but after just a few hours I’m hooked! I need to experiment a bit more but can’t wait for frosty mornings followed by spring flowers
The one below has been edited very quickly with ‘Formulas app’
Friday I lead an assembly at Springwell about raising funds for #Kakuma refugee camp – they have decided to do a #4000milechallenge! This is roughly the distance from their school to the camp in Kenya.
I played with flowers from the garden and a ‘jam jar’ yesterday. Tommy stayed overnight – this morning was bath time! xx
I’m waiting to go to the dentist so trying to occupy my head! I have areal phobia about this. I know it’s not sensible or logical but then phobias never are that’s why they are phobias!! I’m bad tempered and have already snapped at my long suffering husband and drunk 3 cups of coffee. I have work to do but can’t concentrate hence messing with photos!
As its election day we’ve walked to our local polling station. This being Barnsley it’s actually someones garage but at least we live in a democracy and can vote.
Yesterday I noticed that the flowers I’d picked from the garden were drooping nicely! You can never actually arrange them as nature itself does. I photographed them on the kitchen windowsill to get the colours from the garden. I called at the local antique centre in the morning and bought a couple of new glass jars – these rae very cheap – they start at 50p but I love adding to my collection of photographic props. I also found an old iSpy wild flowers book! Bargain x
Only an hour to go before the dentist now x
Dandelions in the garden on Saturday
Raindrops on Sunday
Bluebells wood walk on Monday
Following an assembly at a primary school in Sheffield http://www.janehewitt.blogspot.co.uk/2015/05/sometimes.html we called at Wentworth Garden centre for coffee and a quick wander round the gardens. It was actually very cold to say it’s May (frost on the car this morning). The trees were wonderful colours and the bluebells just appearing.
Tommy is now 8th months old – and he’s just gorgeous!
Beautiful spring day – a walk around RSPB Old Moor – signs of new life everywhere.
Yesterday was a Tommy day!! He now has teeth and can sit up xx
Today I’m tired! Just a quick walk to take some raindrop photos
Busy day today, hospital and doctors as well as work and Skype calls to sort! BUT I promised I would push myself so spent some time with some dried ( i.e dead) flowers – you get so much texture from these!
To get a white background – use natural light – place your flower in front of a window. Buy a sheet of opaque plastic (£3 Paperchase) and use this as a backdrop – this will allow light in but avoid having your garden itself as the background of the images.
Use spot metering.