I am at home most of the time. I watched my sons play in the yard today. They like the sprinkler on a warm day. I entertained myself with a macro attachment on my Galaxy.
I found an ant.
I decided to make it a portrait.
And the garden got a work out too. Here is what I found today.
I am experimenting with making ordinary objects extraordinary.
Abstract using worms in a puddle.
The sun is bright and harsh here. The middle of Winter, it casts long, dark shadows across every subject. I decided to work with it. Its intensity is great for backlighting flowers and the daffodils have been confused into thinking its Spring by a burst of warm weather.
I have been feeling in a bit of a photography funk recently. A lack of opportunity to get out with my camera resulted in me losing confidence. I had only just started to learn anyway, but I expected that there would be some sort of lull.
I have recently started to take photos again. Mostly on my phone because that is what is with me. I would love an hour to photograph a subject that would pose for me, but I have neither the hour or the subject so my DSLR and its manual settings will have to wait for now (most of the time).
I am focusing on the basics again. Today while my boys played at the playground they gave me a flower. I took a few photos to explore the different effect the angle of light created. I knew I was supposed to try to light the face, but in this case I really liked the effect created by the shadows on the flower. It created depth and interest in my mind.
Lighting the face
The other day my boys played in the front yard. I took my iphone and a cheap macro lens outside with them. These are the photos I took.
The other day my boys played in the front yard. I took my iphone and a cheap macro lens out with them. These are the photos I took while they played.
Grevilleas come in different colours. Here are a few in my mother’s garden. There is so much to look at in just one flower!
Here is my entry for the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: illumination. All images were taken using an iPhone, $3 magnetic macro lens attachment, the leaf and flowers and a torch.
Cucumber plant leaf
I was looking through a few photos I had taken a couple of weeks earlier and came across this photo of a gerbera. It was OK. Not great, but I started to edit it and realised part way through that it wasn’t really salvagable so in desperation before I completely gave up on it I started playing with filters. I decided it might be interesting to make the centre of the flower look as though it was opening to reveal something with a bright glow, aka. magical being or whatever you imagine. Fake lens flares can be fairly cringe worthy so I thought I would go with it by using the lens flare filter in a way that was obviously not natural. Its not something I do really, but it was a bit of fun and what better place to showcase how I amuse myself than on my blog!
What do you imagine might be revealed at the centre of the flower?
Hmmm. It would appear that my love of the summer holidays is more of a participate than document on a blog thing.
It reminds me of an incident that occurred in my early twenties when I decided that it would be a great idea to walk my cat on a lead much in the same way you might walk a dog. I got out the newly bought harness and decided to do a trial around the small front yard of the town house I was living in at the time. Fast forward 5 minutes to me trying to walk and the cat in the harness lying on the ground immobile. I tried a few steps to get the cat to stand up and it just lay there being dragged by the harness. Needless to say I stopped. A young woman dragging a cat around a yard on a harness is not a good look regardless that the cat would of been quite comfortable.
In the same way I have been dragging my blog through the Christmas season, posting photos on my iPhone when I could, but it is lying down and does’t want to move. I am all about going with the flow of life so I am letting my blog lie down and rest. I WILL STILL BE POSTING PHOTOS! Just not daily, particularly in January. I will be outside, playing with my kids, having cups of tea with my husband, photographing everything and enjoying the weather. When February comes around I might try using the WordPress challenge as a weekly prompt and post anything else that I photograph and want to share with you all.
Watch this space! I bet I will get creative now and want to post a whole heap of photos!…and I got lens’ and a tripod for Christmas….you know what that means!
A few photos I have taken in the past few days.