This weeks WordPress photo challenge is that of ‘Monochromatic’, I think this fits the bill nicely.
It is a picture of a Stick insect that was living on a large plant at ‘Glendurgan’ gardens Cornwall, we were only alerted to its presence by the sign nearby, which asked, can you find the family of stick insects. Apparently they have been residents of the garden for a long while.
You can find other entrants for this competition here.
Normally upon seeing this weeks B&W photo challenge title from Cee, that of “WHAT IS BEAUTIFUL TO YOU“, I would have been rushing off to find photos, of Megaliths, Flowers or beautiful landscapes. Indeed I thought of posting some of those things.
However those of you who know me well, and/or are friends on Facebook will know that this week my wife Karen has been in hospital with appendicitis. So I thought I would post one of my favourite photos of her, and indeed a photo she herself is happy with, which is no small feat.
This was taken on our first digital camera, a DiMAGE Z3 in 2009 at Men-an-tol in Cornwall.
So ‘What is beautiful to’ me – Life, friendship, companionship and love.
To see other entrants to this competition visit Cee’s page here.
Thank you Cee for choosing me as one of your featured bloggers this week.
Here are those other lucky featured souls.
Now I have finally got the laptop back, photo editing can again begin in earnest, therefore I thought I would show you two photos from a recently finished set entitled ‘Down in the woods‘.
We are lucky enough to have a lovely wooded area behind our house, even though we have to live close to the city. This closeness to the natural world makes the 9-5 grind bearable. And so one day in April earlier this year we went for a walk down in the woods, both armed with our cameras, to see the bluebells before they all wilted.
We also hoped to see the highland cows who are residents down there, but alas they remained aloof. I took a fair few photos as is always the case, elongating a half hour walk into probably more like an hour and a half, but was pleased with most of the shots. So here are two for you ‘Black’ and ‘White’
The entire set of photos may be viewed here.
This weeks WordPress Photo Challenge has the theme of Connected. So here is a photo of Chun Quoit, Cornwall, to show some of the things to which I feel connected:
The Past, the Land, the Sea, and the Sky.
Last weekend we were away down in Cornwall again, for an brief but lovely break. Anyway Cee’s B&W challenge this week is the topic of Reflections and Shadows, so here are two recent photos from the trip that I hope reflect the topic.
The first ‘Eye eye’ a submision for Reflections, was taken at Karen’s request while sitting near Pendeen lighthouse.
The second ‘Chun hand’ a submission for the shadow part of this challenge was taken at Chun Quoit.
I thought quite hard about whether to choose one image relating to the topic, one relating to just half the topic, or as you can see these two which I quite liked.
Ok so a few months ago I thought I would play around with trying to photograph some drops of water, just as a bit of an experiment to see if I could do it.
so I filled the sink with water, set the camera on a tripod nearby, with a speedlight attached, set the tap dripping, plugged in my remote, and fired away.
I set the aperture fairly small f 18 so I could get a good depth of field, zoomed in, and set the focus manually by holding a pencil in the water at the point where the drips were landing and focusing on that.
The first few shots were taken at a round 1/100 sec with the room light on, and then I changed to taking some at over a second in a darkened room, and thus using the speed light to freeze the motion.
The difficult part is estimating when the drop is going to hit. Anyway I was sufficiently pleased that I edited some of the shots for you, and will give it a go in the future when I have time to set up with maybe coloured water, a tray and a drip bag.
Well its been a long time since my last blog post, and before that they had also been getting quite sporadic. The main reason was that I was awaiting a new computer and thus had been limiting my photo editing until the new one arrived. Well the new one arrived, I dived into some editing, but then it promptly developed a fault two weeks later, having to be sent back to be fixed. The good news is that it will be back with me early next week, just in time for some holidays and therefore no time to edit, but plenty of time to add more photos to the backlog!
I’m nearly a year behind with my editing eek! But fun times to be had ahead, and I have been doing a lot of reading both about post processing and photographic technique, so expect a few blogs about that, and hopefully some new gear on the horizon.
Well given this is a photographic blog I better add a photo from the last series of edits, so here is a photo from last years trip to Cornwall in October.
I thought I would post something that slightly twists the brief for Cee’s B&W photo challenge this week, which is Sculptures, Statues, Carvings. So here I present for you “An Artists tools” a photo taken at a recent visit to the Barbera Hepworth museum.
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