Fisheye Fun on the Old Hills

Having been remined how much fun it is to play with my Lensbaby Circular Fisheye lens I took it on the Old Hills at the weekend to see what shots I could get.

 

I went out with the intention of trying to get close ups of Daffodils similar to the tulip shots in my previous post but that didn’t work. Instead I got some great eerie shots in the morning mist and some close ups of the fabulous spring flowers.

 

Fisheye Fun – Lensbaby Blog Circle

I forget how much fun the Lensbaby Circular Fisheye lens can be.

 

I treated myself to some tulips last weekend and while playing I thought I’d try looking into the flower with my fisheye lens and wondered could I fill the frame with the petals. The result inspired me to try some more close ups. You can see the results below. I love the colours.

 

Next time I’ll show you some shots taken with this lens on the Old Hills, at Callow End.

 

For more great Lensbaby shots follow the circle to completion, starting with Carol Vipperman

 

Snowdrops – Lensbaby Blog Circle

While January seemed to last forever, February seems to have come to an end ever so quickly and it ‘s Lensbaby blog circle time again.

 

Snowdrops are the first sign that spring is on its way and they are so pretty dancing in the sunshine, sometimes covered in dew. During the last few weeks I’ve found little bunches tucked away behind hedges, under trees and some out in the open. I thought it was worth bringing together the best shots to share. I hope you enjoy them.

 

Follow the links to complete the circle, starting with Birgit Franik

 

Lensbaby Plastic Optic

I’m taking part in the Definitely Dreaming Project 52, which involves taking a photo each week throughout the year based on a prompt. The prompt this week was “Stillness”, which inspired me to get my Lensbaby plastic optic out.

 

When I went out this morning the plastic optic was still on my camera. It was a beautiful spring morning. The sun was bright, strong and still fairly low in the sky. I was trying to capture the flare and streaks of light through the trees.

 

As so often happens with Photography things didn’t go to plan. The sun was so strong and because I was shooting into it the colours were really weak. However, when I converted them to black and white using one of my favourite presets they developed a haunted feel. What do you think?

 

You can follow my Project 52 through this link

 

Orchid – Lensbaby Blog Circle

After the celebrations at Christmas and New Year, January is always a long, dull month. I was in town paying the bills and looking to treat myself to some cut flowers when I spotted the orchid. It was the same price as a bunch of flowers and even with my record of looking after plants, if it lasted two weeks, I’d get my money’s worth. So I gave in and bought it. It really brightens up the room.

I had fun afternoon playing with my different Lensbaby lenses and optics taking photos at different distances and angles. The two full size shots above, were taken with the Edge 50 and the close ups below, were the Velvets or the Soft Focus optic. My favourites are the ones taken with the soft focus optic, the light is softer. I haven’t used this optic for a while so it was great to get some shots I really like. It reminded how I forget about the older optics, which still have a place in my kit. I hope you enjoy the results.

To complete the blog circle  and see more great Lensbaby shots follow the links starting with Carol’s Waterfront Walk

 

Winter Walks – Lensbaby Blog Circle

Happy new year and welcome to the Lensbaby Blog Circle latest selection of posts.

 

The best thing about the holidays is that I get to walk the dogs every morning.

 

I’m still exploring the Old Hills and finding the best places to take photos. It’s strange looking across the valley and seeing the Malvern Hills, where we used to do all our walking. The weather hasn’t been great for photography, its it’s mainly been mild and grey. The few frosty sunny days we’ve had were days I had to work.

 

I tried using different lenses and optics. It was fun playing with the single glass optic, it’s been a very long time since I had a play with that one. The shots below were taken with my Burnside 35, Sweet 80, Sweet 35 or Single Glass Optic.

To see more great Lensbaby shots follow the link to see Janet Broughton’s Graveyard Wanderings

 

Exploring The Old Hills – Lensbaby Blog Circle

The Old Hills is an area of common land between Malvern and the River Severn. The weather and light weren’t great at the weekend as it was a typical dull November day. The visibility was poor but we could make out the outline of the Malvern Hills to the West and other key landmarks such as Worcester Cathedral.

 

There’s more areas of cover than on Malvern Common and the Springer spaniels had great fun exploring and following the different scents. The German shepherd was happy when he found a pond to paddle in. It was interesting to explore a new area, finding new landmarks and different things to photograph. The things which caught my attention included the shape of the fern bush, the old trees which looked really spooky in the light and the odd glimpses of colour.

 

The most vivid colour was the pink and orange of the spindle tree berries. I’d never seen them before so was intrigued when I looked them up. It is a deciduous tree native to the UK and Europe. It’s botanical name, Euonymus, derives from Greek and can be interpreted as good name or lucky, although in some areas early flowering was said to indicate an outbreak of plague.

 

 

To see more great Lensbaby shots follow the link to see what Janet Broughton from Definitely Dreaming has been doing this month.

 

A Dog’s life – Lensbaby Blog Circle

One of the benefits of my job is its flexibility, enabling me to work at home when I need to. Having worked at home a few afternoons this week, I was amused by how my dogs just settle down and sleep. Today I had my camera beside me with my Lensbaby Burnside lens and I tried to capture them at different points in the afternoon.

 

It was a productive afternoon.

 

For more great Lensbaby shots see John Mee’s post The Garden of Beautiful Bones

 

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