Dandelion – Before they’re interesting

Dandelions are fairly nondescript, yellow weedy pests. Until you get up close.
When viewed through a 50mm lens attached to 36mm of Kenko Extention tubes, these common weeds can become objects of wonder and even beauty. From the patterned tips of the petals to the pollen laden stamen, the detail that nature puts into these nasty flowers is surreal.

Weed

For some reason, this one’s generated quite a lot of interest on Flickr as well (otherwise I very much doubt I would have posted it here).

Puppy Spam and a Nifty Fifty

Getting to be a bit on the spamtastic side now with the puppies. I’m not talking about mulching their hairless corpses up to make bland, greasy meat but the amount of photographs I’ve ended up taking of them. The Lord only knows what I’ll be snapping when they’ve all gone to their new homes (aside from miserable children and a sulking wife).
I could pretend that this was a re-kindling of the love I had for the nifty fifty (that’d be the canon 50mm 1.8mm Lens for you non-toggers) which has been neglected like a 10 year marriage since I bought the Tamron 17-50mm f2.8 some 18 months ago, but I wont. I will say though that as the cheapest prime in Canon’s arsenal of lenses this little beauty is by far the most useful I own. You could (if you desired) use it for landscapes. Street photography suits it well. On the 30D crop sensor decent portraits are possible. All Pin sharp (if you focus properly !) with f1.8 Depth of Field loveliness if you’re one of those arty types. It’s also a good one to use with extension tubes for some in your face macro shots if you have the inclination. A great, cheap all rounder.

Me, I just lay on the floor with it and take photos of energetic puppies like these, but having re-discovered this lens I’ll try harder not to neglect it any more

5 Week Old Shih Tzu Puppy

5 Week Old Shih Tzu Puppy

5 Week Old Shih Tzu Puppy

5 Week Old Shih Tzu Puppy

5 Week Old Shih Tzu Puppy

More puppy fun

Hungry

Perhaps we should be feeding them more as they’ve now started to try and eat each other. They’re really amusing now as they’ve really got to grips with the play fighting. Each one has it’s own strengths and weaknesses with Number 4 being an expert houdini, coming up with ingenious and inventive ways of getting out of both the basket, and their fenced off area of the living room.

4 weeks old

And no longer looking like a furry Mars bar sized rat……
This one was the only one awake so I took the opportunity to borrow her for a few minutes. Of the 50 or so shots I took, very few were in focus as she’s now discovered how to run, with the odd skip and a hop before falling over.

Tired now.