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Macro world

It was a beautiful sunny morning on the Common. I was playing with my Lensbaby Velvet 56 and some macro filters (x4 and x10).  I had both filters on my lens so the depth of field was very shallow and focussing was tricky. Most of the shots below are f/2,8 with the exception of the dew drops which was f/5.6. 

I’ll have to have another play, varying the aperture, as I prefer some structure in the background.

 

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Violets

This morning I thought I’d go looking for violets with my Lensbaby Velvet 56. It was another dull damp morning and many of the little violets I found were looking rather rough after yesterday’s rain. I was inspired by using my x10 macro filter on the Burnside 35 so put it on my Velvet 56 today.

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Playing in the snow and making friends

It’s been freezing cold all week and the snow finally arrived on Thursday and Friday. We went out on the common this morning and all was quiet. Most of the people we normally meet drive to the common but the carpark was empty. Jack and Splat love the snow, the puppy is not so sure. He doesn’t have enough fat to stay warm. We were heading home when we met Saffron, which was a good excuse for some fun.

As we got closer to home Evie was waiting at the gate. Tyke wasted no time making friends.

It was a cold misty morning, and I didn’t really expect to take my camera out of the bag, especially as I ‘d forgotten my gloves, so it was great to get these shots using my Lensbaby Velvet 56.

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Spring Flowers – Lensbaby Blog Circle

It was one of those beautiful sunny winter days which was also freezing cold. A great day for capturing the spring flowers which are beginning to come out. Tyke can now go out , and all week I’ve been walking him round the block, past a fantastic array of snow drops and crocus, wishing I had time to go get my camera. Today I left Tyke at home and went out with my camera and Lensbaby Velvet 56.

Having had some fun there I went up the garden to the bunch of primroses which are growing in a shelter spot by the steps. My favourite shots from the day are below. I hope you enjoy them.

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Introductions – Lensbaby Blog Circle

When Janet Broughton from Definitely Dreaming first suggested the idea of a Lensbaby Circle Blog I thought “that sounds like fun”. I decided to give it a go and this is the first post in this series.

I had no idea what I was going to write about in my first post and slowly some ideas started to come together but life got in the  way meaning I couldn’t carry them out. Just as I was struggling to think of something, life took another unexpected turn and one of the events preventing me executing my original ideas suddenly turned into a positive.

We now have an English Springer Spaniel puppy, called Tyke. So meet Tyke …

He is eight weeks old, sleeps, eats and terrorises our other dogs Jack (2 year old German Shepherd) and Splat (4 year old English Springer Spaniel).

He makes great subject for Lensbaby lenses and to get good photos I had to work with smaller apertures than normal and get out my flash gun. The photo above was taken with the Sweet 80. I need much more practice at positioning the sweet spot to capture him on the move.

I swapped to the Edge 50 and captured the following shots, where Splat has had enough and makes his escape leaving Tyke with the sofa to himself.

Having claimed the sofa he then decided it was time to fall asleep. I swapped to the Soft Focus optic and had a play while he slept in my lap.

This optic seems to capture to gentleness of his sleep perfectly. It wasn’t long before he was up and on the go again. This time playing with Jack…

and attacking my old shoes…

These were taken with the Velvet 56 lens at f5.6. This was different for me as I normally shoot with this lens at f1.6 – f2.8, but I love the way they have captured his playfulness.

It wasn’t long before it was time for another nap…

I usually shoot flowers so it was a challenge to capture a moving target. I remembered some of the basics of using a flashgun and was amazed that these worked so well. I had fun and so did Tyke. Hopefully he’ll learn to love the camera.

To see the other blogs in the circle and more great Lensbaby photos please follow the links til you get back to where you started. To see Ute Reckhorn’s Lensbaby circle blog click here.

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Summer’s here!

We all have things which define the seasons for us, the scent of elderflower and the sight of harebells make me think of summer

Saturday morning on the common was a full one. It was very muggy, felt like rain and there were no signs that it was going to develop into a beautiful suny day. Suddenly a patch of colour caught my eye and when I took a closer look it was a beautiful bunch of harebells. When I got my camera out, it had the Lensbaby Velvet 56 lens on. I fired off a few shots and ran to catch up with the others.

I took a few other shots as we wandered round but when I was reviewing them over a cup of tea my favourites were the harebell shots. I had a play in Lightroom to create the black and white version and can’t make up my mind which I like best, what do you think? I’d love to hear from you.

Harebells on Malvern Common

On the common

Harebells on the common

Sunday was a beautiful sunny summer morning. As we wandered round I spotted lots more harebells. It wasn’t until the last minute when we were n our way home I spotted the single harebell amongst the yellow. I couldn’t resist. This time I’d been playing with the Twist 60 and the macro converters, enabling a closer focus. My favourite shot is below. I’m not sure what the yellow flowers are the looked dandelion like, but I loved the colour combination.

 

Yellow and Purple

On the common

The Lensbaby lenses create beautiful effects and produce great results when photographing wild flowers.
From a disappointing start on Saturday morning I got three great shots. Life is full of surprises.
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Playing with poppies

I spotted some red colour in amongst a patch of weeds, when I looked closer I discovered a beautiful red poppy. It was an unusual variety which I haven’t seen before and I wanted to get my camera out and have a play before they were cut down.

I took shots with the Velvet 56. Sweet 35 and Twist 60. The best are shown below.

I love them all but my favourite is the Velvet 56, particularly when shot wide open, f/1.6. The softness and blur give these shots something unique.

 

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