A mixed bag

So, I’ve been in a bit of a Lensbaby mood these past few days. I’ve also done some macro photography, but I’ve definitely been leaning towards the happy distortion a Lensbaby brings…

I’m a bit contrary like that, focusing on one or two lenses then getting bored of them and needing something different to do. This is also due to the 365 project I’m doing, as having to take a “good” photo every day gets a bit tiresome at times. Anyway, some more photos 🙂

I opened an unripe poppy seed head to find little nascent seeds. Taken with my Tamron 90mm Macro Lense and the Raynox 250.
Another shot of the poppy seeds
A Blue/Purple Petunia, Taken with my Tamron 90mm Macro Lense
Sitting by the beach. Taken with Lensbaby Composer, Edge 35 Optic
Fishing by the sea. Taken with Lensbaby Composer, Edge 35 Optic
Fuchsia Sticking Out Of A Bush. Taken with Lensbaby Composer, Edge 35 Optic .

Getting Even Closer!

So, I’ve been experimenting with a Raynox 250, as I said in my previous post. This is essentially a lense that clips on to the front of a lense to get you even closer. When combined with a macro lense, you get even closer. This does have it’s problems though, in that even with steady hands there’s still some shake, requiring high shutter speeds and a bit of luck. A tripod would make life easier when it comes to shake, but also makes life more difficult if you want to freely explore an object.

If I was feeling brave, I could even throw in some extension tubes and get closer still, but there’s only so much you can do whilst retaining your sanity!

I will be keeping the Raynox close to hand as it’s useful, but will need more practice using. Here are a few images I’ve made using it, mostly clipped onto my Tamron 90mm.

The luminous colours of a Dianthus.
The petals of a daisy type flower.
A close up of the centre of the daisy like flower.
A close up of the entrance to a Trailing Petunia
This image was and experiment. It’s actually a curve of bubbles around a glass of coke. I lit it with an LED lamp, with a black background. The focus isn’t perfect, but I think that actually adds to the sparkle.
This little fella is only 1-2mm in size. Had to crop it quite aggressively. It’s quite amazing the detail you can get.
And to end on an orange Viola.

Captures Of The Week (5/6/19)

After a bit of a hiatus from my blog, I’ve decided to upload my favourite photos from the past week. I’ve also been experimenting by using a raynox 250 on my 70-300mm lense, with mixed results. It works well when it wants to!

I realised after posting this that I included photos from my previous captures of the day (doh!). I still think they’re captures of the week too, so they’ll remain.

Someone asked me for some photos of our dog… I didn’t skimp on them!
A shot from Gunwharf Quays. The water in the pool was a very strange colour, which wasn’t fully captured in this image.
Looking out to sea. Taken at Gunwharf Quays.
A very close up shot of a single lupin flower.
Beautiful blue skies, down by the sea.
Another from Gunwharf Quays. I was really interested by the curves of the structures, which I think was accentuated by the 11-16mm lense.
A false colour shot of some lupin flowers.
And finally, a macro of a poppy, just bursting out.

Captures of the Day (30/5/19)

We had a trip to Gunwharf Quays yesterday. The light was beautiful and I was able to get several good photos out of it. All shot with a Tokina 11-16mm lense.

I loved the reflections in this pool, which was an unusual colour.
I was interested in the curves of the buildings, which was accentuated by the lense.
Number one. This photo very much lended itself to a 2:1 crop. I really liked the strong lines.
I initially thought this photo hadn’t come out as I’d liked, but after going back to it and messing in Exposure X4.5, I managed to get something I liked.
Number two. I was very pushed to decide which of these looking out to sea I preferred, so they’ve both gone up.

Captures Of The Day (18/05/19) – or the tale of the forgotten battery…

So, I forgot to take my camera battery with me today, leaving me with just my phone camera. I’ve only ever used it for snap shots, so didn’t really know how it performed. It’s fine out wide. As soon as you focus up close you find it’s all digital zoom. Very disappointing as I wanted to do some macro photography. Even more disappointing was that the macro shots I did take looked good on the screen, but crap when I put them on the computer. I guess you win some, you lose some.

View through a tire swing.
Sweeping Flowers. False colour added in Exposure X4.5
Flowers given a red-cyanotype look.
Given a infra-red look in Exposure X4.5
A good use for an old bath