Thursday, 11 May 2017

Early Summer Flowers

The early summer flowers are changing the face of our garden every day.  Beyond our garden most of the cherry blossom is now past, but there are plenty of other trees which reward closer inspection.  These photos were taken on the village recreation ground and in our garden except for the Chestnut and the May which were in the gardens of Anglesey Abbey

Saturday, 15 April 2017

White Tailed Bumble Bee

I spotted a white-tailed bumble bee on the earth in a flower bed which seemed to be unable or unwilling to fly.  She started to climb a tulip, but the surface of the leaves was very slippery and she kept falling back so I picked her up on a stick and put it down near some flowers where she began eagerly nectaring.  I fear that she may have had some damage which prevented her flying as I never saw her take off.  To take the photos I was using high speed off camera flash, a technique which is new to me and was recently described by an expert at a Cambridge Camera Club meeting.  I also used it to take some flower pictures which I will post soon.

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Pasque Flowers at Therfield

Pasque flowers (pulsatilla) are a rare wild flower which grow in profusion on a chalk outcrop beside Royston Heath Golf Course.  As their name implies they flower at Easter time and this year is one of the best shows in memory.  This afternoon, there was a strong breeze blowing as illustrated by the second shot and it is also fair to say that many of the flowers are now past their prime and bearing seed heads, but the final shot of a small part of the overall area shows just how profuse they are. Thank you to Ann Miles who guided me to them. For those interested, I took these shots with an Olympus OM-D E-M1 with a 60mm macro lens.

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Spring is Here!

It is always a pleasure to realise that the days are lengthening and the light is improving for those of us who spend winter Saturdays on the touch line photographing Rugby. Yesterday was such a day.  I didn't need to resort to high ISO shooting until close to the end of the game when the light  and the game (from the perspective of a Cambridge supporter) became increasingly gloomy.

Practising his dance moves

Hands up if you've just been outwitted!

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Infra Red in the Suffolk Countryside

Following an interesting talk at Cambridge Camera Club yesterday, I was moved by the combination of sunshine and blue sky with a few clouds to take out my infra-red converted camera for a walk before dusk.

Infra red converted cameras are sensitive to reflected infra-red and particularly foliage glows white as chlorophyll reflects lots of IR. Blue sky reflects very little, so ir rendered dark.
I am including some of each of the commonest IR presentation techniques.  Straight out of the camera for a surreal colouration (those with the red sky); channel swapped where I have rendered all of the red stuff in the original as blue and vice versa which returns a blue sky, but still fairly surreal; finally I have rendered most of the images in monochrome which gives dark skies and glowing vegetation.