The camera never lies… Or does it !?!?…

Macro

Clawed By Claude

And now for something slightly different… Again…


Don’t Ask

As I have absolutely NO IDEA !!!… But apparently they’re my absolute favourite… lol…

Couldn’t decide on colour or black and white here though… Any preferences ??…

These have GOT to be in colour though… or… have they !!…

Oh, and this one… well… if anyone DOES know what it is, then I’m sure you can claim your prize from your local “Freak of Nature” outlet… View large and prick your senses… ;)


Tickled Pink

Couldn’t resist the… ummmmm… RED  (not pink) tips to these leafy type planted wotsits…

Anyway, I have a question…  Although I tend to favour landscapes and the odd bit of urbex, I’ve always tried to keep my photography as varied as possible, and even lately throw in the odd bit of artwork to boot… But here’s the rub, I look at some blogs where they have a very specific area of expertise / focus, and a very consistent feel to them, and can’t help but feel they look MUCH nicer than mine… More professional and tied together… To me, my blog is just… kinda messy… and really doesn’t hold together too well because of the variety to the things I post…

So what do you think ???… I know a blog is a personal thing, and should definitely reflect the individual, and that variety is a GOOD thing. The downside I guess though is the whole “Jack of all trades, Master of none” scenario….  Anyway, I also prefer things to have a certain flow… and don’t really feel that with my own blog…

I don’t intend to change my blog, as my desire to try all things photographic / artistic is as strong as it ever was, but I’d love to know how other people feel… Do you prefer a more consistent subject matter and feel to a blog, or do you prefer one that tries to throw in a bit of anything and everything ???…

ps… May not be around much next week, as I have a little trip arranged, and depending on wifi access etc, commenting will be sporadic, and posting will likely be non existent… Hopefully though I’ll have some new material when I come back… :)


Coming Soon…

To a Blog Near You… FLOWERY TYPE STUFF  !!!…

Yeah ok, I realise they’re not exactly the most impressive examples of those smelly things that appear in the garden on occasions throughout the year, but for the benefit of those who may not have realised before, flowers are not really me area of expertise… I’m willing to try anything once though, and I found they went best slightly roasted, with a hint of pepper… :)

This one was hiding in the bushes...

And for those who are wondering exactly what they are, well I have been doing some exhaustive research, and can confirm that they are indeed flowers…. To be more technically correct, and in order of appearance…

1) Golden Redus Wettus…
2) Hidingus Pinkus…
3) Tinyus Wettus Redus…
4) Peachus Pencilshavers Softus…


Birds Or Bugs

Well everybody else seems to be doing it, and I have really needed to make better use of mine, so I’ve given in to a spot of MMM… (March Macro Madness), and given a bit of spring weather this weekend I attached said macro, and went in search of all things tiny…

The real question to me though… and I KNOW given the geographical location of majority of my blog buddies that it’s an argument I’ve already lost regardless… BUT, I’m never one to be defeated so easily…. lol… SO….Ladybirds or Ladybugs ???…

I know I’m right though, cos wikipedia says so… lol… to quote… “The name “ladybird” originated in Britain where the insects became known as “Our Lady‘s bird” or the “Lady beetle”.[8][9] Mary (Our Lady) was often depicted wearing a red cloak in early paintings and the spots of the seven spot ladybird (the most common in Europe) were said to symbolise herseven joys and seven sorrows.[8] Common names in other European languages have the same association (the German name Marienkäfer translates to “Marybeetle” or, literally, Mary-chafer).[10] In the United States the name was adapted to “ladybug”.[10]

SEE… LadyBIRD !!… Ladybug was just an adaptation of the correct name… lol… ;)

I WIN !!… especially as I can edit anyones comments, to make sure they agree with me… lol… :p

View large, and tickle him under the chin if you dare… He won’t bite… much… ;)


Mindless Macros

Well it’s very rare that I dust off my macro lens… and even rarer that I ever take pictures of those flowery type things… but in a fit of mindlessness today I actually managed both…

I have absolutely no idea whatsoever what this little blue thing is, other than I know it’s NOT a bluebell… It has somehow found its way in to my garden though, along with the long deceased miniature sunflower that I found hiding in an old pot behind the shed…

Maybe this year I might even contemplate planting some other stuff out there, as they can be pretty cool to photograph…

BTW… By all means click and go large, but be careful not to drown in the droplets… :D


Honey I Shrunk The…

Well you were warned there was going to be a flower shot… and yeah I know it’s probably not the most captivating of flower shots, but hey… It’s a start… lol…

Seriously though… I do believe that these are the tiniest flowers I have ever seen… I shot them in my mums garden, and when I showed her the image on the back of the camera she looked extremely puzzled… Her response was “Who’s flowers are those”, and when I said “They’re YOURS”… She replied, “I haven’t got any flowers like that”…..

So she’s had these flowers in her garden, but had never actually SEEN them, and if it hadn’t been for the fact that I was scrabbling around on the ground taking pictures of “ahem – other flowers”… Then I’d have most likely missed them too… So here’s how tiny they actually are… :)


To Plan or Not to Plan…

.. that is the question… Now there have been a few times recently when I’ve had a very specific shot in mind, and gone out with the intention of capturing that particular shot, but have NEVER been satisfied…

Now I’m not saying the shots I’ve taken haven’t been perfectly adequate shots, but the point is that they never actually conform to the shot envisioned in my mind… So am I to fussy… Does my imagination exceed my skill… Am I to much of a perfectionist… Am I the only one with this problem… lol…

Whatever the reasons, I have now firmly concluded that I take my best shots when I have no specific shot in mind, and just arrive at a location, with maybe just some vague ideas, and look for subjects that are of interest… and shoot spur of the moment…

And this is a typical example… My intention this day was to shoot a derelict farm, and I came away with a widdle butterfly… (ignore the thistle / flower type thing.. lol)…. ;)


Late to the Party

Yeah I know that I’m extremely late to the dandelion ball..  But hey… it’s not too often you catch me taking photos of flora and fauna… so make the most of it… ;)


Macrophotographanism.. ism..

Yeah ok ok, so I’m struggling with titles again…. but hey… It’s a real word…. It’s in the dictionary… Well it’s in the one I’m just writing at least…It’s under n…. OH… Crap !!…. “N”…. Oh heck, Now I have to start again…..

And before you start Amber… No.. It’s NOT a flower… and it’s most definitely NOT pink either… and it’s most certainly NOT in my garden… ummmmm… Well ok, maybe it was in my garden, but I don’t know how it got there… Maybe the hoverfly brought it with him…. S’not mine though…. Oh no no no….You know you’ll not catch me taking pictures of flowers and stuff…

I was right though…. It’s not a flower… It’s blossom…. and it’s not pink… It’s “Cherry” Blossom…. apparently…. So someone told me…. :)


Guitar Hero…

Well ok… Maybe not… lol… Truth is I DO own a guitar… but I have to confess to not being able to play a tune on it… Zip… Not a thing… Naught… Nada… ;)

Actually I don’t even know any chords… lol… It was bought many years ago on a whim when I knew I’d be good at it… Ummmmm…. Actually I wanted a saxophone, but it I was sure I’d need far to many fingers to play it… so opted for the natural alternative… and chose to buy a bass guitar as it only had 4 strings… Ummmm…. But I couldn’t find one so bought a lead guitar instead…. lol…. ;)

So anyways…. That’s the story behind my meagre “guitar hero” beginnings… Double ummmmm…. Actually I’ve NEVER played guitar hero either as I’m pretty sure I’d be cr*p at that too… I think I’ll stick to my triangle… Well I would had I not lost my dinger stick…

Ooooh… I have another confession actually… I CAN play a note.. I can play a C major… but only cos I googled it tonight so that it would “look” like I knew how to play a guitar.. lol..

SO.. My question now is “Does anyone know a song in C major??”… and when I say in C major, I mean JUST C major… ALL the way through… ONLY C major… As I’m determined to be able to play something and I’m pretty sure I can handle that… Suggestions welcome… :)


The Original

Ok Ok, so I know this is kinda a lame post, but then the weather hasn’t been so hot around here recently, and getting out and about with the camera has been a wee bit pointless with all the wet grey mush… So in order to prevent my camera shutter from seizing up through lack of use, I had to find stuff indoors to photographamise (it’s a word… kinda… Just MY word)… And what better excuse to break out some drinkies… ;)

Well it’ll do for now at least, hopefully… and I’m dedicating it to another definite “original”… You know who you are… lol… Who doesn’t love originals… and Guinness… :)


Dropping In

Plain and simple just decided to make a mess tonight…. Guess I’d best go and mop up now before someone slips in it… :)

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Drop the Big One

Just could not think of an apt title for this one, so had to settle for something lame in the end, but hey… let’s just hope that no one actually reads the title anyway… Hmmm… Well I guess they might now that I’ve drawn attention to it… Well stop reading now and pretend I never mentioned it… Well, when I said stop reading now, I hope you didn’t actually stop reading then, or you’d have missed the bit when I said “pretend I never mentioned it”…. SO… Start again… reading that is….

Pretend I never mentioned the title, and just study the shiny droppy things…. Now you can stop reading….

Phew…. Got away with that I think…. :)

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Up Close and Personal

I’ve chased these round so many times before and never managed to get a shot that I’ve truly been happy with… and I’d not say I’m happy with this one either, but I guess they’re getting closer…

At least this one decided to stay put long enough for me to get a reasonable shot of it..

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IMG_8288I have to confess to slightly cheating with this “macro” shot though, as it’s actually a crop of this full  sized shot.. All I need now is a proper macro lens and then I’ll be well away.. or at least I will be with things that maybe move slightly slower, as I’m not sure I’d have got anywhere near close enough with a macro lens, especially as it was perched in a bush about 3 foot above me… lol…


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