Week 30 – Spring

DaveFrost, on Flickr”>Week 30 - Spring

Ok, so the sun’s out and the crocuses (or is that Croci?) are beginning to flower.  The gnats are waking up and the garden is starting to look less like a swamp and more like a nature reserve.  So what did I do? I found some springs……..  Sorry.

 

Southwold – Suffolk. A touch of HDR

Southwold Seafront - Suffolk

Dug out an old image and had a play. Whilst I don’t generally ‘do’ HDR, I took this shot bracketed and had 3 RAW files 2 stops apart. Added another 2 for -1 and +1 in lightroom then ran them through Photomatix to see if I could recover the cloudy sky yet still keep some detail in the houses.
Not really sure what else I did to it other than a little cross processing and a vignette but was quite pleased with the result.

Finch on a branch

Apologies to bird people for not knowing what make and model this is. Was at my parents at the weekend and was 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. Was a dull day and I never had the tripod with me so the keeper per click ration 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.

Some sort of Finch

Nature has a funny way

Of reminding you what’s important in life. Things like Love, and Sunshine. OK, it may not be a Rose but as I was Just about to hack this useless weed to death with a petrol mower (I wasn’t really, I was thinking about whether I could afford a gardener to do all the tedious crap for me) I was suddenly struck by the shape of the leaves……. Any excuse to get the camera out.

Heart shaped leaves.......

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).