At least the flowers are bio-degradable

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge for this week is ‘Things Made Out Of Plastic’.

This rather poignant image of some dead flowers dumped into a plastic bin-bag was taken during a walk to the next hamlet.


Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Things Made Out Of Plastic

Macro Moments – Week 14: Raindrops on Roses

This week, for Musin’ with Susan’s maco challenge, here are some raindrops on roses. Don’t expect whiskers on kittens any time soon.


Nikon D300 with Nikkor 105mm f2.8.Macro lens. 10 sec at f4.5 ISO 200. Edited in Lightroom.

Macro Moments Challenge: Week 14

Macro Moments: Week 12

Last Sunday, we visited the house of George Sand, the prominent 19th century French author(ess). The house itself was very grand (she was a very succesful writer) and the gardens, while past their best, nonetheless still had some interesting flowers in the beds, including this. I have no idea what it is, but it’s very pretty:


Nikon D800 with 24-70mm f2.8 lens at 70mm. 1/90 at f2.8. ISO 100. Cropped and edited in Lightroom. I desaturated the green channel to minimise background distraction.

Macro Moments Challenge: Week 12

Blues Knight

Cee’s Black & White Challenge this week is looking for an image of two unrelated items. So, here’s a random juxtaposition of a suit of armour and a basket of flowers, seen in the Chateau d’Amboise.

I don’t often use selective colour, but I think it works in this case.


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

Macro Moments: Week 5

Flowers are one of my favourite subjects for macro photography, so I’ve decided to participate in the ‘Macro Moments’ challenge hosted by Susan Gutterman at Musin’ with Susan, as flowers are the topic for this week.

This is a close-up image of a chrysanthemum bloom taken at Monet’s Garden in Giverny, in Normandy. Apart from the spectacular colours, what I particularly like is the way that the individual petals can be seen to be folding back on themselves in a symmetrical pattern.


Nikon D800 with Nikon f2.8 24-70mm lens at 56mm. 1/180 at f8.0, ISO400. Cropped and edited in Lightroom.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Details

This photograph was taken when I first got my Nikon 105mm Macro lens to play with. It’s the centre of a lily flower and you can see the pollen that you can never get rid off if it gets on your clothes…


…as you can see from the original


Weekly Photo Challenge: Details