Today I felt that I just wanted to spend some “me” time and distract my thoughts. Do you ever want to do that too?
So I went for a wander around my garden with my camera and 2 of my lenses. My macro or close up and my longer distance 70-200 mm lens. I not only wanted to share with you the beauty in my garden but to give you a few hints on how to make your images a little different to the normal.
Out the back door I went and turned left.
This is one of the 20 new fronds on the tree fern which is flourishing following all the rain. Sheltered by its large branches is the Arum Lily-Green Goddess.
The are taken with the longer lens which helps to blur the background. This is a similar effect to the portrait setting on the phone cameras.
A few steps further and 2 lavender plants. One white and the other purple. The purple is nearing the end of flowering but I like the light that was filtering through some of the fresher petals.
HINT: Get down low to take the image at the same level as the bloom. A different angle can enhance your image.
My daughter had given me the white lavender. It brought back memories of when my mum visited her friend's gardens and would come home with a handful of cuttings. Lovingly she would plant them and as she enjoyed her garden the plants would remind her of her friends.
Looking for the light is a photographer's catch cry and when I saw the lily leaves from a different angle, this image on the left was the result. Nothing clever other than looking for the light.
Passing the gum tree I thought I would slow the shutter speed and move the camera in a downward sweep for this “arty” image on the right.
HINT: Just experiment with the camera and use deliberate movement to create a different image.
I gave the same treatment to the trunk below of the tree below I really liked the outcome.
HINT: Look for patterns and textures to become the centre of the attention.
The little bulbs have come up and this delicate flower was just catching the afternoon light.
Then I looked skyward to see the complimentary colours of the leaves against the blue sky.
HINT: Look up for a different perspective.
The sun was getting lower and was backlighting the spider web. I used my close up lens for this and only took a small piece of the unusual patterned web. The weeds were growing too and were also sharing the back light as was the peach blossom.
As I was heading back inside I noticed the gentle colours of the succulent and then the holly berries. My thoughts jumped to Christmas and my hopes for a normal celebration sprung to mind.
Thank you for taking a wander with me around my garden looking at a few of the differences ways that we can play with our images.