Sweet Peas – Lensbaby Blog Circle

 

Memory can play tricks on you. My neighbour had a great, colourful display of sweet peas which for some reason brought back memories of my grandpa growing them. I don’t know where that one came from as I remember some things about his garden really clearly, the strawberries, raspberries, rhubarb, the greenhouse and the hen run.

 

Anyway, I got some shots of George’s sweet peas using my lensbaby velvets. I hope you enjoy them.

 

 

We’ve got some new members in the circle this month so please make sure you follow the links to complete the circle. You see some fantastic shots by some great photographers, next up is Janet Broughton

 

Little Things – Lensbaby Blog Circle

After yesterday’s record temperatures it was much cooler this morning and slightly overcast. A great morning for a walk on the Old Hills with my dogs and my camera. Today I was playing with my Burnside 35 and my extension tubes. I wanted to focus on the smaller flowers which before I got into photography I would never have noticed. The are so pretty and add colour to the area.

 

I was lucky to catch the cheeky little grasshopper. I couldn’t believe he didn’t take off as I got close.

 

As always if you follow the circle you see more great Lensbaby shots. Next up is Kleine Fotokiste

 

On My Doorstep – Lensbaby Blog Circle

 

One of my Definitely Dreaming Project 52 prompts was “From my Doorstep“. I don’t have a great view but spotted a little weed growing in the crack between the wall and the path. It has a really pretty blue or purple flower and looks like a violet, so I used it to get my shot.

 

This inspired me to get my camera out and capture the other tiny flowers and weeds growing within a few feet of my doorstep. I was playing with my Lensbaby Velvet 56 and extension tubes. So often we miss what’s under our feet, failing to realise and appreciate the beauty.

Follow the circle for lots more great Lensbaby photographers, starting with Birgit Franik

 

Daisies and Dandelions – Lensbaby Blog Circle

 

It Lensbaby Blog Circle time again, where a group of Lensbaby  photographers publish and link a series of blog posts. We all have different interests, skills and subjects but share a love for using our Lensbabies. Be sure to follow the link at the end of this post to take you round the circle.

 

At this time of year daisies and dandelions are everywhere, being so common we take them for granted. When I see dandelions I think of when I was a child and I was told picking them caused you to wet the bed. Amazing how things stick.

 

I usually take photos of the dandelions seed heads rarely the flowers but when I was experimenting with my Edge 35, photographing daisies the blurry yellow of the dandelions in the background made my shots more interesting.

 

 

And in black and white they provide great texture as part of the background.

 

To find out about Birgit’s Walk Around the Lake click here

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

 

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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