Clematis bud

After a rainy night, this clematis bud was well soaked.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Flowers

Weekly Photo Challenge: Temporary

Take a long enough time-scale and you could argue that everything is temporary. There’s all the difference in the world, in terms of longevity, between the Great Pyramid and a Higgs boson, however.

At the shorter end of the time frame there are, most obviously, fireworks and flowers.

So here are two images that illustrate the temporary life-cycle of a flower, from our garden earlier this year:

Sic transit gloria mundi.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Temporary

52 Weeks Photo Challenge: Week 32 – Shallow Depth of Field

To my mind, the manipulation of depth of field that is possible with a DSLR camera is one of the most creative aspects of photography. As The Girl That Dreams Awake rightly says in setting this week’s theme, it is most commonly used in macro and portrait photography.

Well, I don’t take many portraits but I do photograph a lot of flowers, where shallow depth of field is particularly effective. This close-up (as opposed to macro) image of a bud about to open was shot at ƒ2.8 – as big an aperture as it gets on that particular lens – in order to throw the background out of focus, providing some pleasing bokeh to complement the subject.



Macro Moments: Week 36 – Magnolia

I should probably have submitted this close-up image of a budding magnolia a month ago, when the official theme was ‘Spring’ (mea culpa – I didn’t notice). Hopefully, though, it’s not too late. And it does have some Bokeh to fulfil this week’s requirement.

Nikon D800 with Nikkor 24-70mm ƒ2.8 lens at 62mm. 1/3000 at ƒ2.8 ISO 100. Cropped and edited in Lightroom

Macro Moments Week 36

Macro Moments: Week 8

Before I traded up to my D800, my first ‘proper’ DSLR was a Nikon D300, which I bought while living in Abu Dhabi. This was the second ever photograph I took with it.


NikonD300 with Nikon 18-55mm kit lens at 40mm. 1/80 at f5.3, ISO200. Edited in Lightroom.

Macro Moments: Week 8

Weekly Photo Challenge: Earth

A new bud emerges from the earth as springtime arrives.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Earth

Photography 101: Nature

This certainly comes under the category of nature. Despite appearances, it’s not a cartoon octopus but actually a chrysanthemum bud, which I took in early September this year in our garden.

Thinking about looking at common things from a different perspective, I rotated the image 90 degrees clockwise, which I think makes it a bit more interesting.