More Photos

I keep posting photos on Instagram and Facebook forgetting that I have my blog to add them too.

Here are a few of my recent efforts…

owl

Eagle owl being shown at a steam rally we visited recently. The light levels were low as they were in a tent and I didn’t think it was appropriate to get my tripod out 🙂

dog and ducks

Another shot from the steam rally where there was a sheep dog demo. It was really tough to get the ducks and dogs in shot and focus and in the end I had to crop to remove the background crowd.

berries

I love macro photography (a proper macro lens and ring flash is on my wish list). DSLR’s struggle with reds but these berries have come out quite well.

Passion Flower

I love the look of the passion flower but they are buggers to photograph. This was probably the best as I used a narrow aperture (f20) to try to keep everything in focus.

spider

Probably the best macro shot of the session, this spider kept moving so it was a struggle to keep it’s body and legs sharp. I love the fact that you can see the hairs on its legs and the two white spots on its abdomen (which I assume is some sort of sign to ward off predators)

Dawn

dawnOne of the advantages of getting up early is that you get to see some wonderful sunrise light shows and this one was particularly spectacular. Taken on my Samsung S4, I love the silhouette of the tree and dark landscape against the coloured sky.

Not much Photoshop manipulation, just a bit of enhancing the colours but otherwise it was how the camera and my eyes saw it.

And all from a phone…

I was up early yesterday, not because I was anticipating hundreds of birthday cards to open but because I always get up really early, even on a weekend. And even on my birthday!

I decided to take advantage of the lovely morning and go for a walk with Rio so I took him down the field on the other side of the River Nene which leads to the old railway line. I firstly negotiated the High Street and Islip bridge, which was really slippery in the ice and was especially difficult as I was being led by a dog that knew he was heading in a direction that meant ‘play’. The field is great for letting him off his lead as there are not normally too many dog walkers and plenty of room for him to get a runaround.

Yesterday was especially good as there was still lots of snow on the ground and he was able to bound around like a mad thing, chasing snow balls that I was throwing at him :). He also enjoyed digging  through the snow, either looking for rabbits or moles, I’m not quite sure, but digging all the same!

Anyhow whilst he was playing I was also able to take some photos. I took some not only of him but the of the frost-laden landscape, which looked spectacular with the winter sun low in the sky. What I didn’t realise at the time though that the temperatures were between minus ten and minus five degrees Celsius which was why the the frost covered the whole of the trees making them look very spectacular! Although I only had with me my iPhone camera with it’s limited capability I was still able to capture some picturesque shots and am quite pleased with the results. It is incredible that you can get such detail and resolution in a camera built into a mobile phone.

Just as I was leaving I saw a couple walking towards the field laden with their SLR cameras. I wonder if they were able to get any better shots that I did with my iPhone?

Tryptychs

It’s all the craze at the moment and there are shed loads of software applications you can download, especially onto smart phones which can create these artistic effects.

So I thought I’d give it a go using some of my photos from recent years.

I used an app that I downloaded onto my iPad called PicFrame, which is quite user friendly and can create some good effects quickly, and what’s more it only cost 59p from the Apps Store.

All very arty!