Winter Sun – Lensbaby Blog Circle

 

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.

 

 

Wishing everyone all the best for 2020.

 

Follow the links to complete the circle. Up next is Birgit Franik.

 

 

Firework Chrysanthemum – Lensbaby Blog Circle

 

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).

 

Follow this link to see Janet Broughton’s Halloween Still Life post

 

Splat – Lensbaby Blog Circle

 

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.

 

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

 

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