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

 

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.

 

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Spring on the Old Hills

This weekend I decided I wanted to play with my Lensbaby Burnside 35. When you get the right distance between the subject and background you get a glorious twist effect. AS most of my work is close up/macro I rarely achieve this. On Saturday I set out to capture some shots including the twist.  I was pleased with the results below. It works best in the blossom shots.

 

 

On Sunday I stuck with the Burnside 35 but this time I added the 12mm extension tube to see how close I could get. I didn’t get the fantastic swirl but I got some good close ups. What do you think?

 

 

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.

 

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.

 

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