Harebells on Peachfield Common

After what seems like a very gloomy August, the sun has come out in September.

 

I was working in the office in Malvern today and escaped at lunchtime to Peachfield Common. I had my camera with my Lensbaby Twist 60 Optic. I wanted to get some shots of the Harebells. For some reason they don’t seem to grow on the Old Hills and as they a very much a symbol of summer for me, I missed seeing them.

 

 

Today it felt like summer.

 

August on the Old Hills – Lensbaby Blog Circle

 

I take most of my photos when I’m out in the mornings with my dogs. August has been a strange month as most of the mornings have been dull and overcast although it often brightened up later.  There are a few flowers in bloom but many have gone to seed and the fruit is beginning to grow and ripen.  Splat and I have enjoyed several bramble breakfasts in the fresh air.

 

There was a moodiness in the air on the days I took these shots and it wasn’t all down to the Lensbaby Single glass optic.

 

 

I hope you enjoy the photos. For more great shots please follow the links to see what others in the blog circle have been photographing in August. Next up is Jessica Verdiere at Kleine Fotokiste

 

August Challenge

 

I can’t believe I’m two thirds of the way through my Lensbaby 365 challenge.

 

In August I was shooting with the Single glass optic which is one of the older Lensbaby optics.  I love the softness of these lenses when at their widest aperture. Most of these shots are at f2.

 

To get the close ups I used the *4 macro filter.

 

My memories of August were it was a dull almost over cast month, especially when I was out with my camera. The light seems to change about half way through the month and the mornings have certainly felt much darker over the last few weeks. It won’t be long til I’m getting up in the dark again.

 

How quickly times flies!

 

 

July Challenge – Soft Focus

 

At the start of 2021 I decided it was time to have a go at another 365 project. The aim was to use some of my older Lensbaby optics rather than having them just sat in the cupboard. I decided I’d use a different lens or optic each month.  The time has flown by and I can’t believe I’ve now completed seven months. For July I was playing with the Soft Focus optic.

 

The shots are a random collection based on what catches my attention when I’m out with with my dog and the camera. Hopefully you will find something which appeals to you.

 

 

The Joy of A Challenge – Lensbaby Blog Circle

My photography challenge for this year is to take a photo every day using my Lensbaby lenses and optics.  During June I only used the Pin Hole/Zone plate optic.  This is one of the older optics which has two settings the Zone plate with an aperture made up of concentric circles which is approximately f/19 and the Pin Hole with an aperture f/177. Both settings require lots of light and the zone plate works best in high contrast situations.

 

This day was particularly dull and it felt like it was going to be a real challenge to get my photo for the day. I had a play taking shots of the flowers growing along the fence and in the bushes. The results surprised me and it reminded me that you never know how things will turn out and its always worth taking the shots …

 

 

For more great Lensbaby shots follow the links to complete the circle. The next post is from Birgit Fostervold

 

June Challenge

 

The challenge for June was to take a photo each day with the Lensbaby Pin Hole/Zone Plate Optic. This was the hardest challenge to date. This optic is two in one, the zone plate has an aperture which approximates f19 and the pin hole is F177. The Zone plate aperture is a series of concentric circles which creates the glow. The zone plate works best in high contrast situations.

 

I enjoyed playing with this older optic. I love the hazy effect and it definitely adds to the summer feel in some of the shots.

 

 

Callow End to Madresfield

 

Splat and I headed out this morning for our usual morning walk but it was so beautiful I decided to take advantage of it being a Saturday and not having to be back for a meeting. As we wandered around the Old Hills we found ourselves wandering along the footpath to Madresfield.

 

It was a great opportunity to get some different shots with the Zone Plate optic which was on my camera.

 

 

The Best Part of the Day

 

The best part of the day is definitely first thing in the morning before everyone else is up and about. This morning was especially beautiful, it wasn’t too warm and the sun was up. The Old Hills were lovely and the flowers were at their best.

 

I only met one other dog walker as I wandered around with my mad springer spaniel.

 

Seeing and smelling the elderflower always feels like summer!

 

 

I love the dreamy look created by the Lensbaby Zone Plate optic, definitely adds to the feel of summer.

 

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