It was the shortest day of the year. The sun was coming out after what seemed like endless rain.
It feels like its been raining forever. The Old Hills at Callow End are sodden and the mud just sticks to the dogs so we’ve been going back to Malvern Common to walk them. Its still muddy, not as bad as the Old Hills, and there’s bracken, which when the dogs run through it, the mud drops off. It’s a simple but very effective trick for keeping them clean.
I had my Sweet 35 optics with me and my Velvet 56. It was lovely to see the sun shining through the cloud. The softness of the Velvet 56 accentuates the misty mood.
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It was a cold misty morning today. There has been so much rain this month everywhere is wet and muddy. Despite this I did take my camera with me and had a play with the Sweet 35 and Sweet 80 optics.
I used the Sweet 35 for the close up shots.
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Pets are great company and great fun. This is Tyke. He has suddenly taken to lying on one sofa and giving whoever is on the other this look.
I’ve obviously not done something ….
When I am the town running errands I like to look at the flowers in the supermarket and florists. Last week I found something I thought was a bit different, a Firework Chrysanthemum. It struck me as being very seasonal and I thought I could have fun with it.
The shots below were taken with the Lensbaby Velvet 56 or Sweet 35 (with macro converters).
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It was too wet to get my camera out today!
This morning we walked along Bush Lane to the Old Hills. It’s a while since we’ve walked along there so it was great to sees the patches where wild flower seeds had been planted alive with colour. The red creeper snaking through the mistletoe was also an unusual sight and I was drawn to the colour combination. It made me think Christmas is coming.
We were out earlier than usual for a weekend, we wanted to be back for the rugby. It was still dark when we left the house but I took my camera bag in the hope I’d get a good sunrise shot. I was after a “Landscape” shot for my Project 52. I was hoping to get the Malvern Hills in the reflected light of the sunrise. I started out with the Lensbaby Velvet 85 on my camera but swathed to the Velvet 56 about half way round.
I didn’t get the shot I wanted but I was pleased with the shots of Kempsey, across the river and the telegraph poles stretching into the distance. So many times I’ve wished they weren’t there!
When we went further round the Hills to the western side, facing the Malvern Hills the cloud was clinging to the top but the sun hadn’t risen enough to illuminate them. I still got some interesting shots, what do you think?
After going out my plastic optic last weekend without my macro kit I made sure I had it with me yesterday. The weather wasn’t great. It was dull all the while we were out but I did get a few shots.
I’m playing catch up with my Definitely Dreaming Project 52 so I was looking for a “Circle” and “Something old”. I think looking down on the little fungi counts as a circle and the plate on the Trig point is my 2Something old”.
The Spindle tree berries added some colour to a dull day.
These shots were all taken with the plastic optic wide open, i.e. f/2.
We were late this morning, having sat and watched the rugby. It was dull at first but the sun did come out as we wandered round.
I wanted to play with my plastic optic as I haven’t used the older lensbabies for a long time. I was quickly frustrated as I couldn’t focus close enough to the subjects I wanted to take and I hadn’t brought my macro kit. It was then a switch to my Velvet 56.
Having missed last month’s post I can’t believe how quickly this has come round. I wasn’t sure what to post this moth until fate intervened. The shots below show my springer spaniel Splat. We had fun for six years, he got me through some challenging situations and its amazing what you can learn from a dog.
I’m surprised I have so many photos as he didn’t like the camera and would move away when I got it out. He loved to play fetch with a tennis ball and to race the German Shepherd, Jack. Some of the shots I’ve used before and there are some new ones and few oldies I found in my archives.
For more great Lensbaby shots see what Carol Vipperman has been up to this month.