I bought some pencils.
By luck I had stumbled upon it at exactly the right time of year, everything was in full bloom.
It was also perfect weather, sunny with a nice cooling breeze.
I took many photos. So many in fact that I can’t post them all in one go.
This selection is of the more abstract ones.
The next lot will be close-ups of bees of butterflies.
This was the first time I’ve used the macro lens and tripod outdoors to take photos of flowers and plants – it worked out quite well. I should do it more often.
I still have more Lake District photos to add too, so it’s a bit of a photo flood at the moment.
As always, all photos added here also automatically appear on Flickr (it’s all done with magnets, magnets and XML).
Messing around with depth of field, a macro lens and some roses.
I found a red leaf in a bush outside my house.
I’m always on the lookout for such things as they make great macro subjects if they are in good condition (and this one was in excellent condition).
I set up my macro lens on a tripod pointing straight down on to the leaf.
I then shone a torch onto the leaf (no expensive lighting rigs for me) and started shooting.
As the centre of the torch beam had a visible ring to it I moved the torch back and forth as the exposures took place – this smoothed out the light.
The white background (in the first photo) is the edge of a glass table that has a white border underneath the glass.
The black backgrounds are the same table but a clear glass part with a black cloth underneath.
For some I shone the torch from below the leaf and for some I shone from above.
I then tired of the red leaf and found some other leaves to shoot.
By altering the angle of the torch and lowering depth of field (by opening up the aperture) I was able to achieve some nice effects.
Some shells we found on a beach when in New Zealand, subjected to the macro treatment.
Macro photography can give great results, but it takes a lot of effort.
I took about 30 photos over the space of an hour to get the ones below and even then I still wasn’t 100% happy with them.
Things that you can barely see with the naked eye really stand out if they end up in the photo.
The corners of the photo can be annoying too, you can’t really see them in detail until you look at it on a computer screen, but I tend to do that after I have finished. I could stop and proof as I go but it’s quite disruptive to work like that.
Oh for a wireless network conection from my camera.