Spring begins in the garden

All of the plants you see in the photos above with the exception of the primroses, that are “native” were planted by myself in the back garden. They are doing well and the garden is springing to life. Shame some weeds are too, as last year we thought a never ending battle with them.  So hoping we can nip them in the bud early this year, if you can pardon the pun! Read more

Buy Prints: Hyacinth



Ok wrong time of year for these flowers but that’s because I am writing a series of blog posts about the images that are now available for purchase under the Buy Prints page. I want to tell you a little bit about the images and the processes behind them. I start off with a macro shot, simply because I am a big macro lover, it has I’ve been told by various people become a speciality of mine and I guess they are right. I love to take my time over these shots and some images can take as much as an hour to get right. The United Kingdom is a great place for macro work because overcast weather is ideal for it and well, lets face it, we get that in plentiful abundance don’t we?

The Hyacinth you see in this photo had just popped up in our garden, a wildflower and I noted that this year they were very prolific around our area, growing around the edges of our local parks.

I used a combination of tools for this shot that included a tripod, a plamp and a reflector. Plamp? A great product from tripod makers Wimberley. Have a hunt around online for them, I found mine at Warehouse Express and it has been an indispensible tool. They can be used to hold reflectors in place or to hold stems of plants steady when there is a slight breeze. They cost just under £30 and are worth getting.

I love shooting fairly wide open, so that only an element of the subject is in focus and the rest is artfully blurred out to produce a wash of colours. Certain colours go well together such as blues, purples and greens. A shallow depth of field can also be used to conceal stuff you don’t want the viewer to see which can be very effective indeed.

I always manually focus as this gives you maximum control. Take your time, tweak the focus, step away from the viewfinder, take a breath, go back – Happy? Yes, go for it or if you are not happy, take your time and take a shot you will be proud of.

Later on in this “macroworld” series (see the tags over on the right), I shall reveal a few more things about why I love this branch of photography so much…