20th October 2019

 

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.

 

 

19th October 2019

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?

 

 

 

 

 

12th October 2019

 

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.

 

6th October 2019

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

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

 

Malvern Common: Little things

 

When I was back on the Common at the weekend there was more than just the Orchids to photograph.

 

As a child we played outdoors and were forever getting covered in sticky willows but I was completely unaware that they flowered. The flowers are tiny but very pretty.

 

I was lucky enough to capture the ladybird and the stitchwort caught my attention behind the buttercup.

 

 

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

 

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