A (1:1 magnification) macro shot of a giant yellow scabious flower bud. I moved round the bud until I could get into the correct position to place the light behind the bud, to make best use of back lighting. As my aperture was only f2.8 the hairs on the bud are not sharp – but the back lighting gives a glow to the out of focus hairs. It’s not on a rule of thirds intersection, & I deliberately didn’t place it in the centre of the frame either; but it might look nice cropped to a 1:1 ratio. 1/640 sec ~ f2.8 ~ ISO 100 ~ 90mm
I liked the sweet peas; I thought they would look effective within a portrait orientation (as I hadn’t taken many with that orientation). I thought the colours were effective. 1/200 sec ~ f8 ~ ISO 100 ~ 90mm
Just a quick shot, as although there were a lot of people in the garden, they were spread out & it never felt crowded. Suddenly a whole herd of people came streaming past – I watched for a bit – then thought I would grab a shot of the last of them striding off. 1/400 sec ~ f8 ~ ISO 125 ~ 90mm
I really liked poppy seed heads, as they can look quite sculptural – I could see that they were quite a way in front of some really nice coloured flowers, so though I would be able to use the separation to obtain some really nice background colours – whilst making the poppy heads really stand out with a wide aperture. This part of the garden was quite exposed, & therefore very windy. I should have increased my shutter speed to have frozen the seed head. 1/1000 sec ~ f2.8 ~ ISO 125 ~ 90mm
Was attempting to focus of the lighthouse visible through the peephole in the perimeter planting, when this young lady strode into the scene & started walking towards the bench at the end.
I think that the image is pleasing, the different foliage, & different lighting on the foliage make a really interesting framing device. The eye is drawn to the foliage, down the hedges, to the young lady, the lighthouse & back to the young lady.
Of my non-macro / close up shoots this is one of my favourites.
I imported the image in Lightroom, & undertook some processing of the RAW file, including recovering detail from the shadows, & reducing exposure of lighthouse. 1/200 sec ~ f7.1 ~ ISO 125 ~ 210mm
I liked the clock tower & weather vane on one of the restaurant buildings. I liked the blue sky (& clouds) & how well the blue went with the weathered boards, flashing & the blue clock. I cropped the image to echo the shape of the clock tower. 1/640 sec ~ f6.3 ~ ISO 100 ~ 55mm
The restaurant room below the clock tower. I liked that the sculpture in the garden on the other side of the building was framed by both of the doors being open – so that you could look through the building to the sculpture (& beyond the sculpture into the garden). Whilst taking some shots the owners’ dog walked into the shot & sat down for a scratch – I managed to catch its attention, so that it looked up at me (briefly) – which gave an extra point of interest to the composition. I think it could have been better if taken with my 16-70 lens though, as I would have been able to include a bit more wall on the right hand-side for a better balance.
I had to make quite a few adjustments to this image, as the gravel, sculpture & foreground were very bright – but the interior of the building was too dark. 1/100 sec ~ f6.3 ~ ISO 100 ~ 55mm
On the part to the exit, spotted some black bamboo canes down a side path – I could see further down the path that some of the young shoots (canes) were back lit by the sun – making their green canes look at extraordinary neon/lime green, so I took a few shoots.
Shot at f2.8 – with the flexible spot focus point of the cane on the right hand side rules of thirds.
Quite pleased with this shot, although you can tell its bamboo, it was my most abstract image of the day. 1/160 sec ~ f2.8 ~ ISO 1250 ~ 90mm
Don’t know what this flower is, but like them!
Set aperture at f4.5 (rather than my usual f2.8) to give more sharpness to more of the bloom (given its large & varied shape).
This part of the garden was shady (but not windy) so I upped the ISO to 500, but had a lower shutter speed than other more windy areas of the garden. 1/160 sec ~ f4.5 ~ ISO 500 ~ 90mm
Focused on just the top part of the (previous) flower – to capture the detail.
I liked the background colours too, so tried a portrait orientation to maximise the background colours in the top section of the image. 1/160 sec ~ f4.5 ~ ISO 800 ~ 90mm
My favourite shot of the day. I like the pastel colours of the flower & also within the smooth bokeh. I moved around whilst composing the shot to try and capture the best background colours - these were made up of a greenhouse roof & other dahlias. Taken at f2.8 to give small DoF on tiny section of flower. 1/2000 sec - f2.8 - ISO 100 @ 90mm
Black & White and Colour Pop