Trees – Lensbaby Blog Circle

 

Welcome back to the Lensbaby Blog Circle. It’s hard to believe its been over a year since we published our last series of posts.

 

Here in the UK we’ve had two lockdown periods, the first last spring and into the summer didn’t feel so bad . I think that was because we had god weather, it was light and bright and it was easy to get outside. The second period from New Year was much harder. it was cold, wet and dark most of the time. Luckily i was well throughout and during the first lockdown I did a lot of running and exploring the local countryside.

 

During this time and when out with my dogs I spotted a number of trees which caught my attention for various reasons, one the main trunk is split and looks dead until I looked up and there are leaves sprouting from the higher branches, there is the stark contrast between the dead tree with not foliage and its neighbour which has lots, the little tree growing underneath the bigger one and others I just like their shape. I’ve captured some of them below.

 

 

I’m sure you’ll agree trees are amazing!

 

To see more amazing Lensbaby photographers follow all the links to complete the circle . Next up is Birgit Fostervold who is On Top of the World

 

Water Everywhere – Lensbaby Blog Circle

 

This is the third weekend running the UK has had weather warnings for rain and high winds as storms Ciara, Dennis and Jorge sweep by. Much of the local countryside in Worcesershire is sodden and many towns on the banks of the Severn have been flooded. Although not far from the Severn we are safe from the floodwater.

 

As you can imagine I’ve seen lots of photos of flooded areas on social media and they begin to lose their impact. For this month’s blog I’ve stuck with water as a theme, used my Burnside 35 and had a play with black and white.

 

 

To follow the circle see what Birgit Franik has been doing 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

 

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?

 

 

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

 

September Sunrise – Lensbaby Blog Circle

September and October are my favourite months of the year. One of the reasons for this is the spectacular sunrises. Living on the eastern side of the Malvern Hills I get to watch the sunrise over the mist which clings to the Severn Plain. On some days I can watch it rise up, engulfing everything or receding back to the river. As I got up the other morning and looked out, I knew it was going to be beautiful sunrise. I set my camera up and planned to use the different Lensbaby lenses and optics to play and investigate the different effects. As I was trying to do this in between getting ready for work it didn’t work as planned.

 

Before dawn the horizon was a deep red colour. As I went back and forth between my camera and getting ready the colour lost its intensity and then deepened again as the sun rose. The mist was thick on the ground and it was amazing to watch it move and change. It was like watching the waves on the ocean in very slow motion. As the sun came up the reflection from the top of the mist was fantastic.

 

The early shots were taken with the Circular fisheye and Burnside 35, the other are either the velvet 56 or 85.

 

 

At the weekend I had more time and was lucky enough to witness another great sunrise. The mist wasn’t so dramatic but the colour was special. This time I was playing with the Sweet 80 and the Zone plate/pin hole optic. They create very different effects. 

 

 

I hope you enjoy the photos and don’t forget to follow the circle. Follow the link to Stephanie DeFranco’s blog about Texas gold.

 

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