I can’t believe we’re at the end of 2021. When I started this 365 project, to take a photo every day using only Lensbaby optics or lenses, it felt like it would take forever, but it’s finished!
During December I was using the Velvet lenses, these are definitely my favourites.
After several dull, grey mornings its was great to get out and discover a clear frosty morning.
I was out early enough to capture the sunrise over the Old Hills.
It was a misty morning on the Common and there wasn’t much to see, until I looked down …
The water droplets on the grass and on the trees were like sparkling jewels.
For today’s photo I had planned to capture some mistletoe. There was a beautiful bunch which I’ve walked passed for the last month or so I headed onto the Old Hills to find it. I was really disappointed to find that someone had cut away all the bits within reach.
Luckily the bunch at my back-up spot was intact and I was able to capture these shots.
I was in Tarbert, in Argyllshire, at the weekend so my morning walk was different from the usual. I took the dog along the Pier Road up to the village for the paper and decided to wander back over by the castle.
Having got up to the castle grounds I decided to wander further round the footpath which marks the start of the Kintyre Trail. That was the point at which a beautiful morning suddenly changed, with the onset of a freezing cold hail storm.
Just when I was thinking I’d made a really bad decision the light changed. It was amazing and was desperately wishing for my camera when I realised I had my phone with me.
I got some shots on the path before taking a detour up to “Gwen’s Bench” to capture the great views East Loch Tarbert and of the sun rising over Loch Fyne.
I had a great walk this morning. It wasn’t as cold as I expected and I was surprised to see the mist lying low on some parts of the Old Hills.
It was great to be out with my camera and favourite Lensbaby lenses, the velvet series. I wasn’t under any time pressure so could just play.
My challenge for November was to take a photo each day using one of the Lensbaby Edge Optics. These are the optics I find most challenging. With hindsight I should have planned to use these in the summer when there was more light and more time to play and practice using the slice of focus. Most of the shots below haven’t taken full advantage of the slice of focus.
The Malvern Hills have a very distinct profile which is visible for miles around across Worcestershire and Herefordshire.
I’ve been experimenting with panorama shots, some black and white presets and different light leaks as a result I’ve managed to turn some very ordinary photos into something much more interesting.
I pass this old tree regularly when walking on the Old Hills. It’s amazing!
The main trunk is split down the middle, the centre is rotting and its hollow in places, yet in summer there is new growth on the upper branches and it’s leaves mingle with the others from the surrounding trees.
I’ve watched the fungi growing in the rotten, hollow trunk all this week and thought it was something worth sharing. Nature’s ability to persist is fascinating.
We took the dogs over to Malvern Common for their walk – just for a change.
It was a beautiful sunny autumn morning .