Winter Leaf

OK, there’s not really much you can say about leaves, and this one isn’t any different to a million others. A lonely leaf, singular, and unique clings to a rosebush throughout the harsh winter.

Winter Leaf

If anyone is even remotely interested, this was taken through the glass windo of a conservatory, handheld at 300mm using a Sigma 70-300mm Telephoto Lens. Other details are as follows
Camera: Canon EOS 30D
Exposure: 0.003 sec (1/400)
Aperture: f/5.6
Focal Length: 300 mm
ISO Speed: 800

Some sort of Bird !!

Some good came out of an otherwise miserable and depressing weekend. We spent some time at my parents at the weekend and were astounded by the number of birds nicking peanuts and attacking the fat balls.
Unfortunately, every time I went outside they flew off so I had to shoot from inside the conservatory. It was a dull day and I never had the tripod with me so the ‘keeper per click’ ratio was extremely low. Shot @ 300mm, handheld, many shots were blurry, not only because the birds were extremely quick, but the feeders were blowing in the ferocious wind. Noise on the 30D is also an issue with the ISO at a measly 800 prompting me to dream once more of being able to afford faster glass (or a body better able to deal with high ISO)

Some sort of Finch

Apologies to bird people for not knowing what make and model this is (all I know is it’s some kind of Finch)

Iced water and processed peas

Watery Abstracts

Following on from the plain droplet shots I found myself with another spare few minutes and tried something completely new…..

Learned quite a bit.

1) clean the glass, then clean it again
2) Frozen peas don’t make much of a splash
3) trying to drop things in a glass of water and photograph them at the same time is tricky
3) clean the glass, then clean the glass again
4) clean the glass
5) Bubbles form in the water without dropping anything in – nuisance.
6) Clean the glass.

Watery Abstracts

Some new photos – Water drop abstracts

Water drop Abstracts - Crown

It’s cold, but not snowing yet. Been a while since I’ve taken anything at all, let alone anything I’ve had to think about. Only tried this once before and was quite pleased with the results, so as I had a spare 10 minutes or so, thought I’d have another go.

These were taken on the 30D with a remote triggered Speedlight 430EX off to the side of the sink, need to get some coloured card to bounce the light off – Be interesting to see how it affects the outcome.

Water Drop Abstracts

Water Drop Abstracts - Crown

Happy Halloween

42 years old and never hollowed out a pumpkin for Halloween. Ticked it off the list this year. Couple of grabbed shots late last night (for some reason I was worried that they’d have shrivelled up by this morning). 1000 ISO doesn’t make for the most aesthetically pleasing picture, so will have another try later with some proper lighting….
And the best bit is I actually took a photo this month that wasn’t a football one !!!

Halloween 2010

Halloween 2010

Halloween 2010

It’s all a gamble…….

Life is a huge gamble. Choices made daily affect the choices of tomorrow which in turn steer you on a meandering path to death. No-one knows whether any of the seemingly innocuous choices will affect your path adversely or positively. We are all navigating blind, with hairpins and dark corners the consequence of any ill considered decision. With this in mind, can anyone be truly happy? or is life just a meaningless compromise. A trade off between simplicity and the spiritual wealth of pure joy.

Bummer