All posts tagged: Roses

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Tuesday’s Bits and Bobs

This last week has been great, not a lot happening around here, but as we run up into Christmas I’m sure that could change.  December already, and I suppose I should start thinking about Christmas a lot more. New Macro Lens Well I was at the grant presentation last week for my grant and got my envelope, so the next day I ordered my new macro lens.  It arrived on Friday and the two of us have been out a couple of times now.  Part of the grant was for a Nikon micro 105mm lens, so that is what I had to get. The lens arrived in  a lovely gold box, as all Nikon lenses do.  My first impression of it was that it was cold, the metal around the lens was cool to the touch and then it was heavy, it felt good, it was a good weight in my hand.  The next test was to take it out into the garden and see what I could get with it.  There isn’t much left …

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Quiet Thursday

This last week has been so hectic and I have taken so many photos, and I have several thousand photos to process, so today, I hope you don’t mind, but I thought I would take it easy.  I went away and spent so much time going to places and taking photos, then when I got back I had people to teach and then more photos to take.  Wow, I haven’t taken this many photos for a long time. For today’s post I thought I might just show you some photos that I took up at my mum’s place.  I really did take these at her house.  I don’t know if I told you that I got some Kenko extension tubes,  and I took them with me.  My mother has a beautiful garden, not an easy thing to have where she lives, and I thought her garden would be great for practice with the extension tubes.  I also thought it would be a good idea to post them after the Macro Up for Discussion on Tuesday. …

Playing with the Light

A few years ago when I was studying photography one of my projects was Playing the the Light.  We could do anything we wanted, but light had to be the focus.  I loved the project and I have wanted to do it again for a long time.  I needed a very dark place, a pen light and some things to light up.  I used my hallway with all the doors closed, very cramped space, but since it was my first attempt in a while it worked. See what I mean?  I put the light over and around the roses.  They didn’t turn out quite as well as I hoped, I couldn’t get a very good torch.  All the torched these days are LED, and they give too much light for this.  I had to put a heap of tape over the end with a small hole in it to try and close the amount of light coming out.  I also had to be dressed in black, with gloves as well so I wouldn’t be seen.  It is …

Experimentation on a Thursday

Today has been bad weather wise, I wasn’t sure what to do, but the one thing I did know, was that I wanted to try out the EOS 600D.  I also wanted to try some more images in the Silver Efex Pro 2, I need to use it as much as I can before the trial period ends.  Since the weather was bad, I decided to buy some roses to see what I could come up with.  I will admit, I’m not a big fan of roses, no idea why I bought them, you should do still life images of flowers you love. I lay this down on top of the canvas that I usually use as a backdrop.  It is not black, and so I tried to make it black, but for some reason it wouldn’t really work with this image. I don’t have a flash for the 600D, there is a built in flash, but I don’t really like the built in flashes, you can never get enough control.  I do have a …