Raindrops, West Sussex

Raindrops on Leaf, West Sussex June 2020

After what seems like weeks of sunshine, finally thick, grey clouds appeared and heavy rain fell. Went outside for a while to enjoy the cool breeze and splashes of rain. One of the positive things about the lockdown has been more time to enjoy my garden. What I liked here, where the little spheres of water formed in the middle of the leaf, which glistened in the light. The original was a colour picture full of vibrant greens, but I prefer this version in back and white.

Bee, West Sussex

Bee with Pollen Baskets, West Sussex – June 2020

Another go at bee photography. I think this is another species of bee to my previous photographs, note the bright yellow pollen baskets on its rear legs! I don’t know how your lockdown is going, but I seem to spend far more time in the garden now, than I ever have in the past. And like anywhere, where you spend time, the longer you are there, the more you notice. The other thing is, I suppose, that we are now in Summer.

I took this photo with my iPhone – it is cropped a little, but I can still see some texture on the bee (its eyes look particularly smooth and glossy).

Daisies, West Sussex

Daisies, West Sussex May 2020

I found these dasies quite close to where I live, peeking out of the hedge. They remind me of childhood drawings of flowers, with pure whites and warm sun-yellows, which contrast nicely with the deep green of the hedge. I love looking at the details on the foreground daisy!

Leaf in the Park, Horsham

Horsham Park, October 2018

Another one of those “as I was wandering past” photographs. October in West Sussex was particularly mild this year, with a number of glorious sunny days. Horsham Park is pleasant green space near to the station where I often wait before catching a train.

I think there are two types of  photographers: those who photograph leaves and those I don’t. Can’t resist them myself.

Technically speaking, I took this with my iPhone (a 6s Plus). I am really happy with the colour. In good light, I find it takes excellent pictures. It focuses quite close. My only issue is missing focus on slightly moving objects (I think I held the twig this leaf is on to keep it still enough.

Locks on a Fence – Hong Kong

2018-10-12-0023This is from a fence outside a nightclub in Hong Kong. What are the locks for? Perhaps for employee lockers (outside the club)?

There was a time when I quite often visited Hong Kong, and my kind of day – would be just wandering around – seeing what was going on.

For the photography buffs, I was using a Nikon F3 with a 50mm lens and some colour print film. Strangely enough, the fence is really sharp, but as the locks stick out – they aren’t. Note to self – stop down more next time! In the whole “digital v analogue” conversation, closeup is much easier with a stabilised lens.