Sunset at Kynance

Although I was mainly focusing on black and white film photography during my trip to Cornwall, I did take time off from the RZ67 to photograph the sunset at the beautiful Kynance Cove. It’s late June and the sun is setting to the north west. I’ve made a note to return later in the year when the sun will be setting over the islands, which will be much more effective.

Aphid on nettle

Aphids are a garden pest; they feed by sucking the sap of plants and exude a sticky fluid called honeydew that encourages fungal growth. They are unusual among insects in giving birth to live young called nymphs, which look like miniature versions of their mothers.

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Malvern Spring Show

I’m always on the lookout for interesting plants that might make good subjects for my style of photography, and the Malvern Spring Show is one of those horticultural events that provides plenty of inspiration. This year was I was attracted by the Gold Medal winning display of cacti from Southfield Nurseries.  These are exactly the sorts of plants that have the patterns, textures and colours that can be explored with my macro lenses.

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A sunny interlude in the garden

While I love gardening, I think it’s only fair to say that my main motivation is in having access to interesting and photogenic plants so that I can photograph them at the best. We seem to be in the mid-May rainy season at the moment, but I took advantage of a brief sunny spell to photograph a couple of plants.

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Lake District day 3

Four seasons in one day! We climbed three of the Langdale Pikes – Harrison Stickle, Loft Crag, and Pike of Stickle. We’d intended to go on to Pavey Ark but were driven back by a blizzard. Here’s a storm cloud over the Langdale Valley.

 

Lake District day 2

Today we climbed Lingmoor Fell from Little Langdale. It’s a good path all the way with fine views, the best being at the top with spectacular views towards the Langdale Pikes.

In the first image we can see, from left to right, Pike of Stickle, Harrison Stickle, and Pavey Ark.

Storm clouds gathering over the eastern Lake District.

Lake District day 1

I rather like clouds. Not the grey stratus slabs that so often seem to blanket this country. but the graceful forms that are carved and sculpted by the winds that are themselves contoured and guided by the landforms beneath, and driven ultimately by the sun’s energy.

Clouds like this one, looking west from Loughrigg.

A robin in my garden

This robin has a nest near my garden, and I noticed while digging the soil that it was taking advantage of the insects and worms that I was uncovering. Even a bird as tame as a robin is difficult to photograph without some sort of hide. So I stuck the spade in the soil just outside my garage window, and waited inside with the camera – a Canon 5D Mk3 – pre-focused on the handle.

 

 

The lens was the Sigma 180mm f3.5 macro lens, and I used a touch of fill-in flash to ensure that the underside of the bird isn’t too dark, and to put a catchlight in the eye. As usual, I was in manual mode, choosing a shutter and aperture combination to throw the background nicely out of focus, and setting the flash power to give the amount of fill-in necessary to lift the shadows without overpowering the daylight.