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.
Today, I have been trying to photograph bees, which I thought would be an easy subject – but isn’t.
Although they don’t require lengthy travel to locate, or require model releases, there are a number of challenges to be overcome.
Firstly, they are quite small, so you need a close-up lens to be able to see anything.
Secondly, you need to be able to follow when they are and point the camera to the correct place. For some reason I thought they just float about – but on closer observation I am reminded of the phrase “Busy as a bee”. They just zip about!
Thirdly, you need quick reflexes and a fast reacting camera to catch them at the right moment.
I started off using a proper camera, but then changed to my phone because I found it easier to follow movement on the screen and in burst mode, I can choose the “right” moment. There is a sacrifice in quality, but I think it looks – OK.
Like most people, my outdoor photography has been restricted by the lock-down. Which is why I have been posting pictures of things I’ve seen on my exercise walks. I could post things from the past – places I’ve been – but it feels irrelvant at the moment.
This is a picture of some leaves on a sycamore tree. Initially I thought it was a maple (because of the shape), but if you look closely, you can see some seeds – which is the giveaway.
How do you feel about symmetry?
The waterlily is placed on thirds in the frame, but in itself symmetrical. For myself, I find symmetry rather unsettling – like a bow tie – so I like things to be slightly different.
Another leaf photo!
I’m not sure the species of tree this is – perhaps maple (it has a 5 finger leaf), but I remember thinking how beautiful it looked. On anything but the calmest of days, closeups are hard to photograph because of subject movement.
I took this photo in People’s Park which is one of the most famous attractions in Shanghai (it was built on the former Shanghai Racecourse – the idea of a racecourse in a downtown area of a city seems extraordinary to me).
More trees! Or perhaps it is more yellow leaves against a blue sky. Or sunny winter days..
As I remember it, this was part of an avenue of trees between temples. Nara is a beautiful place to visit on a day trip from Kyoto or Osaka.
Most people go to Nara to see deer and/or temples (I might share some photos of those another time). I believe I was walking to an art gallery when I saw this tree in the car park. Not sure the photo really does the tree justice – but it really was lovely.
I love here how the picture goes from blurry to sharp, from left to right in the frame. And where it is sharp, you can see the structure of the leaf.
I used my new camera of the time, a Canon Powershot G9 to take this. The reason it is worthy of mentioning, is because sharp close-ups are really hard to do handheld. Especially on something like a leaf, which is nearly always slightly moving.
This photo also reminds me of a time when I spent a lot of time in Singapore. I loved walking in the backstreets. It is the only place I know where Borders Bookshop would fill on Friday and Saturday nights.
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.
Very misty this morning, which slowly turned into a heavy dew.
I like how the drops of water magnify the details of the leaf.
I was trying out how close my new camera would focus – quite close it seemed.