20130318 Last few Weeks

18th March 2013
It’s been around six weeks since I wrote anything in my news section and it feels almost as long since I ventured out with the camera.

Poor weather, work, family issues and dog minding have curtailed my opportunities for outdoor photography but wherever and whenever possible I have tried to do some photography. This has even included in work taking photos of various pieces of equipment for reports. However most of the photography I’ve done in recent weeks has been indoors at home or in the garden.

I took some photos of the dogs, a Shih Tzu and a Bulldog that we’d been minding and there were a couple of those I was pleased with.

Bear the Shih Tzu

Alfie the Bulldog

The subjects for the indoor photography have been mainly flowers, and perhaps abstract photography may be the best description of the other subject.

Flower Photography

The equipment for the flower photography consists of Canon 5D mkll, macro lens 100mm or 180mm, tripod and cable release. Most of the shots have been taken using natural light although there may be some fill in flash or reflected light used.

Some of the resulting photographs were single shots but most are from three or four shots which are then aligned and stacked in Photoshop to produce a photo with an increased depth of field, which isn’t usually obtained in a single shot when using a macro lens.

Single flower shot using macro lens

Composite photo of a number of shots aligned and stacked in Photoshop

Abstract Photography

Most of the photographs are coloured lines and curves and if nothing else they are bright and colourful!

Lastly I visited the hide on Sunday and it was very poor morning. The only bird I saw for about an hour was a Robin and that didn’t come out into the open very often. The only other bird I got a decent view of was a Coal Tit and that didn’t stay long enough to photograph it. There were plenty of other birds around as I could hear them but nothing came near.

Robin singing in the bushes


C’est la vie.


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