My photography challenge for February was to take a photo every day using the Fisheye optic or Circular Fisheye lens. I was amazed at how close I could get to my subject so they are great for macro photography and the fisheye effect adds another dimension when used to full effect All twenty eight photos are below.
I’ve watched the snowdrops, Crocus and daffodils all starting to bloom and announce that “Spring is Coming”.
Today when I was out for a wander with my camera I spotted other signs of spring.
I set off round the Abbey trail at Stanbrook Abbey this afternoon. I had my camera with me with my Lensbaby fisheye lens. Its a lovely walk round the grounds of the former nunnery, which is now a hotel.
There are lots of snowdrops and the other spring flowers are starting to come out, including primroses, crocus and daffodils. I was so busy playing I didn’t notice the cold.
My January challenge was to take a photo every day using one of my Lensbaby Sweet optics. The shots are all below. Previously I have struggled with the Sweet 80 but during January, I seemed to use it the most.
I did cheat one day and use the Lensbaby Circular Fisheye lens.
While out on my walk, I went to see how the little bunch of snowdrops were doing. The last time I checked, they were beginning to come out. Today, despite being under the trees they were covered in snow.
I woke up to the village covered in snow. For my walk I wandered to the Old Hills and then down Pixham Lane towards the old ferry, where the Severn has flooded. When I got there, the river had come further up the road and there was a swan swimming around and looking for food, where in the summer there had been sheep.
I then wandered back over the Old Hills towards Madresfield. I was hoping to get a shot of the Malvern Hills covered in snow but they weren’t visible through the mist.
As I was on holiday today I had more time to go for a walk. When the Severn is in Flood it is most dramatic at either end of the village. Today I planned to walk to where I was yesterday, to see how much the river had risen and then along to the other end to see what it was like there. What a difference a day makes !
The river had risen so high that not only could I not get to where I was yesterday but I had to double back on myself and take a different route to get to the other end of the village.
Today on my lunchtime walk I wandered down to the river. Its probably the third or fourth time I’ve been down there since we moved to Callow End. I knew there had been a lot of rain over the last few days and that the ground is sodden, but I didn’t expect the river to be as high as it was.
Being stuck in lockdown and not seeing friends, family and colleagues makes getting outside for some fresh air and exercise really important. Occasionally I combine my walk with work calls where I can talk and walk at the same time but today I went out at lunchtime and took my camera. The aim was to get a shot for my Lensbaby 365 project. January is turning into a mini project of 31 days with a Sweet optic. Today I had the sweet 50 optic on my camera.
As we prepare for the next storm to approach and are braced for flooding across the country its amazing how much water was around and how wet and muddy the paths are after some overnight rain. I also came across an interesting old iron gate and an unusual sculpture.
It was amazing on the common this morning. To the east the mist was clinging to the landscape as the sun rose and the hills looking fantastic with a covering of frost and snow.