Posts Tagged ‘photography’

Low light photography

Sunday, October 17th, 2010

This week I had a chance to join a group of photgraphers to do some low light photography. It’s something I’ve never done before. I’ve never used a tripod, but somebody lent me one, and the tutor helped me with the settings for my camera.

It was fun! I didn’t get it right, but at least now I understand a little bit about it. I’m going to have another go to see if I can get the settings right for the available light and take some better shots.

Behind this lovely old gas lamp, there is an outline of the trees. If you click on the picture twice, you’ll be able to view it in black which suits it better.

Low light photography

National Poetry Day

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

Cosmea - playing with special effects

It’s National Poetry Day today and my local library is holding an exhibition of poetry chosen by their borrowers. They invited people to submit photos to illustrate the poems.

I entered several photos for different poems, and one of mine won! It illustrates a poem called ‘What is Pink?’ and has been printed out quite large, and is now on display in the library!

Here’s the poem by Christina Rossetti

What is Pink?

What is pink? A rose is pink
By the fountain’s brink.
What is red? A poppy’s red
In it’s barley bed.
What is blue? The sky is blue
Where the clouds float through.
What is white? A swan is white
Sailing in the light.
What is yellow? Pears are yellow
Rich and ripe and mellow.
What is green? The grass is green,
With small flowers between.
What is violet? Clouds are violet
In the summer twilight.
What is orange? Why, an orange,
Just an orange!

Macro photography

Saturday, July 24th, 2010

Bumble bee on lavender

I love macro photography. It makes it possible for me to see the beautiful intricacies of God’s creation of flowers and insects etc in wonderful detail.

I love the undulations of this bumble bee’s wings. I would never have seen that without macro photography.

June waxing gibbous Moon

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

June waxing gibbous Moon

We’ve had some really good sunny weather for the past few weeks, which has given us some lovely clear skies. That means that I’ve been able to take photos of the Moon on lots of consecutive days!

My ambition is to get a shot of it on every day of it’s visible phases, and then to make a mosaic of them. I must be nearly there now! I must organise and collate the shots and see which days I’m missing.

Even though I’ve only got a fairly small point and shoot, and the quality of my photos aren’t as good or detailed as someone with better equipment, I’m really pleased with my results. The camera is small enough to carry everywhere with me, which I need to do because the skies can change so quickly.

I’ve had the situation where I saw the Moon in a lovely clear sky when I came out of work, but when I arrived home 10 minutes later it had clouded over, and stayed like that for the rest of the evening! Now that I have my camera with me, I stop and take some shots as soon as I see it.

Moon shots

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

Full Moon

As anyone who follows my blog or my Flickr photostream will know, one of the things I love to take photos of is the Moon. I love studying it, and looking at it through binoculars, but that’s fleeting. If I take a photo of it, I’ve got a record I can go back to.

My ambition is to take a shot of the Moon on each day of it’s visible phases, and then make a mosaic of them. It’s a while since I started to do it, but our cloudy English weather has made it frustratingly difficult to do.

But during April, May and June so far, we’ve had some lovely sunny weather which has given us clear skies and I’ve managed to take shots of the Moon on quite a few days, some of them being phases that I’ve never managed to get before.

So I’m getting quite excited! The good weather has been forecast to continue, so I may achieve my goal before too long!

The photo at the top is of the last Full Moon taken at 10.30pm on 27th May, and the one below was taken at 8.30am this morning when the waning Moon is 66% illuminated, one day away from being at it’s 3rd Quarter.

Morning Moon

A sunny day

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

It’s a lovely sunny day today. I’m going to go out for a walk to see if I can find anything interesting to take photos of. Flowers for macro shots, insects, grasses, buildings etc. Anything I can find that I can make into an interesting image.

Tuesday was a lovely sunny day too, but Monday – Bank Holiday Monday – wasn’t. It was cold and overcast with showers. I was quite disappointed with the weather on Monday. I had planned to go and visit a very old local garden that was having one of it’s rare afternoons when they’re open to the public.

It’s a beautiful garden that is a joy to walk around and enjoy, but what I really wanted to do was to photograph the beautiful red and white striped tulips they have there. They’re stunning! I don’t think I’ve ever seen such beautiful tulips and there are so many of them. They’re everywhere. In pots, in the flower beds, all at different stages of opening and leaning over at different angles. It’s a photographer’s paradise!

I’m sure that it will be open later in the year, but it will be too late for tulips. Maybe there will be some beautiful roses out next time. That would be good. I love roses, and they photograph beautifully!

Fortunately I do have some lovely shots of the tulips that I took last year. Here’s one that I’ve enhanced with special effects.

Aren’t they beautiful!?

Red and white tulip

Click on this photo to see it on my Flickr photostream.

My fastest photo yet!

Sunday, January 11th, 2009

I love using the photo sharing website Flickr. I can enjoy other people’s photos from all around the world, and it’s good to have people comment on my photos. It’s nice to find that there are people who like my work and enjoy my style of photography. I added the latest photo to my photostream yesterday, and for the first time ever, it hit 100+ views in under 24 hours! It’s a photo of a purple clematis, a beautiful flower in my favourite colour! I thought my photostream had got a bit wintery looking so I decided to give a shot of summer colour. Here it is for you to see. If you click on it, you’ll go straight to my Flickr photostream.

Purple clematis

Happy New Year 2009

Thursday, January 1st, 2009

Happy New Year to everyone!
It’s still cold today, but all the fog and frost and ice have gone, so it’s not so pretty to photograph. I stayed up to welcome the New Year in and to hear the ‘bongs’ from Big Ben on the television, and watch the fireworks from the London Eye. Some fireworks went off here at about 7.00pm.

I went out to try and see them, but by the time I’d put on some shoes and a coat and unlocked the door, they’d finished! How frustrating that was. Just after midnight there were some more fireworks. I couldn’t see them, but they were so close and so loud, they sounded like bombs going off and they even rattled the windows. They were quite frightening. They seem to get bigger and louder every year.

I’ve really enjoyed the six months or so that I’ve been using the photo sharing website Flickr. I love seeing other people’s photos which I find very inspiring, and it’s good to have other people enjoy seeing mine and make comments on them. I enjoy seeing photos from all around the world. I can see places that I’m never likely to visit, and I can see what the weather is like in other countries, like the deep snow they’ve been having in Canada and America lately and the lovely sunshine they’re having in Australia and New Zealand. And I’ve loved chatting to people all over the world via comments and Flickrmail. I’ve made quite a few friends that way.

Every day Flickr choose their top 500 photos out of the several million that are uploaded. They make the choice by what that call interestingness. They call this group Explore. I’ve been lucky enough to have had 19 of my photos go into Explore in the last six months.

This is a poster of my Explore entries which was created by Scout, one of fd’s Flickr Toys. All the photos as well as the poster are in my photostream on Flickr.

Explored 2008

Light Painting

Thursday, November 6th, 2008

Photography is my hobby and my passion. I love colours and shapes and patterns, and that’s reflected in my photos. I’ve been told that I have a good eye, and I certainly know what I like and what I want to photograph. In spite of this, I don’t know anything about photography. I would love to know more, I would love to learn so that I can take even better photos, but it doesn’t seem to be very easy to find out the information I need. I’ve tried reading books, but they are too technical and don’t start at the beginning so I don’t understand them. Other photographers seem to either assume that everybody knows, or they want to keep the information to themselves! I have a good digital compact, but I only ever use it on auto. It has lots of other functions, but without an understanding of manual photography, I don’t understand how to use the camera’s manual settings.
Recently I went to a talk on shutter and aperture priority, and it was brilliant. They were explained really well, and even though it was very complicated with lots of numbers, I did grasp a bit of it. Then someone showed me how to use the TV setting on my camera. Armed with my new knowledge, I couldn’t wait to try it out, so I kept stopping the car on the way home from the talk to have a go at long exposures, and I took my first light painting! It isn’t perfect, but for a first attempt, I’m quite pleased with it. It has a certain charm. It was taken with a 15 second exposure, with me moving the camera in a circular motion taking in the street lights and the lights on my dashboard.
I’ll certainly try it again and see if I can improve, but I quite like this first try.
If you would like to see more of my photos on Flickr, click here

Summer, Autumn and Winter colours

Friday, October 31st, 2008

I don’t like it when summer comes to and end and it starts to get cold. When August turns to September, I have to be careful to keep myself busy and to do creative things, such as my photography, card making and knitting. I have learned from experience that if I don’t do that, I can get very down.

I love the colours of summer with it’s blue skies and brightly coloured flowers, and everything looking better with the sun shining on it. It seems to give everyone a lift if it’s sunny. I can feel quite sad when I know that the summer is slipping away, and there’s no more opportunity to go to a sunny seaside with it’s gorgeous yellow ochre sand and lovely turquoise sea and beautiful blue sky – colours that all looks so amazing together. A short holiday by the sea can really refresh and renew me.

By October it has got colder and darker in the evenings, but bright Christmas colours are starting to appear in the shops. When the clocks go back and it’s dark by 6.00pm and there are red and gold and sparkly Christmas things in the shops, then I start to feel better because that’s the signal that it won’t be long until my Birthday! I still get that feeling of excitement about my birthday that I did when I was young even if it may not be celebrated so much now as it was then. Only three and a half weeks to go!