Category: seasons


Super moon over Wirral

This is tonight’s supper moon taken from my back garden.DSC_8674

Late Summer

As summer has come to an end and Autumn rears its head we have started to put our garden to bed for another year. I have enjoyed our garden this summer, it had good colour, shape and scents, the roses were lovely and are still in bloom though the flowers are smaller now. And into the garden have crept ‘the spiders’ every where you look there is a web of one size or another. Every day it is a torment to walk up the garden to the bin, spider webs strung across the path from the shed to the tree to the washing line and there in the middle at face height, ‘the spider’ waits to snag you and make you scream like a girl! I have watched them grow fat on flies, starting as tiny things now they are huge monsters, fat and hairy ready to crawl on the unwary. I can see the beauty in their homes, those lacy webs sparkling in the morning dew but oh heavens what lurks in the middle to some is beauty but to me is just one big ugly splat! I am now waiting for the gardener to come and finish pruning and pulling, planting and tidying because I AM NOT GOING OUT THERE WHILE ITS FULL OF SPIDERS no how no way, full stop! I have managed, with a body guard, to photograph these eight legged scary arachnids, i hope you enjoy the pictures i certainly didn’t really enjoy taking them 😉 red spider 2

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http://www.picturecorrect.com/tips/how-to-take-great-hdr-photography/
There is good HDR and bad HDR. Normally your first attempt is very bad, i know mine where, i hope i am doing ok now but this is a good article and a refresher if you have forgotten anything. (me mind like a sieve syndrome)

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Thanks picturecorrect.

Here are some hints and tips courtesy of photoargus, on photographing autumnal colour. I will be reading, inwardly digesting and going out and using my new knowledge as soon as the trees turn.
autumn leaves found

http://www.thephotoargus.com/tips/a-detailed-guide-to-photographing-fall-foliage/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+thephotoargus%2FQFUb+%28thephotoargus%29

This looks like a technique i am going to have to master, i was having trouble a few days ago focusing on a subject when flowers in the foreground were getting in the way, this looks like a way forward for me. Practice makes perfect.
http://improvephotography.com/4552/back-button-focusing/
http://www.picturecorrect.com/tips/dslr-photo-tip-what-the-heck-is-back-button-focus/

This is a really interesting article which tells me in multiple words what i do by instinct, i really enjoyed reading it. Another great article from Picture correct.
http://www.picturecorrect.com/tips/understanding-reciprocity-in-photography/

Chris knew i wanted to take some photos of Bluebells in a wooded situation and while my back was turned researched where we were to go for this weeks wanderings. He chose Bluebell Cottage circular walk and RHS registered Bluebell cottage garden and nursery situated in the Weaver Valley, Cheshire. Its a bit of a trek up a narrow one lane track and you park on a grassy field but it is well worth it. You pay ÂŁ3.50 to go into the gardens and nursery, where there is a help yourself tea room that serves lovely  ice-cream and home made cake and a, well port-a-loo is not quite the right description, more shed done out nice, toilet. We walked around the gardens and ooh’d and ahhh’d over the lovely plants, took some photos and then just had to stop for coffee and cake. (the fruit cake was delicious)

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Fortified, we set off to discover the Bluebell woods, over the field and through the new planting in the woods and there they were, carpets of beautiful jewel like flowers, all native to the British Isles. I didnt know where to look next, there were lovely pictures just waiting to be taken and take them i did! I used my new 50mm prime lens for some shots as i wanted a very shallow depth of field. I didnt know how well it would work as i have never used a prime lens before, i think it worked ok, i am pleased with what i have, i also used my 55-200mm lens as we found an amazing viaduct when we went on the Bluebell Cottage circular walk.

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