Soft — Lens-Artists Challenge #137

Hi all 😃 My entry for this weeks challenge, set by Leya: Soft.

Soft glow of a candle
Soft glow of a candle
Knitted scarf with pom poms
Knitted scarf with pom poms
Skwurrel
Softened by fog
Carpet of moss in a woodland glade
Carpet of moss in a woodland glade
Wish
Wish

Another fluffy visitor to my garden 😃

…and finally, fluffy ducklings!

Ducklings
Ducklings

My Favourites — Lens-Artists Challenge #129

Hi all 😃 My entry for this weeks challenge, set by Tina: Favourite Images of 2020.

Travel was very much curtailed in 2020, but it’s amazing what we can see within walking distance of home!

Starting off with these shots of a visiting squirrel drinking from small puddles on the shed roof.

Squirrel having a drink
Squirrel having a drink

Had a lot of fun playing with my new macro lens; these are my favourites!

My lensball was also a new toy, & much experimantation helped me to learn what does & doesn’t work. Basically, yay for landscapes! although the shot of daisy cottage with a daisy had to make the selection too 😃

…and finally, I managed to get a decent shot of the moon (the last full moon of 2020) 😃😃

Full moon

Learning a New Skill — Lens Artists Challenge #125

Hi all 😃 My entry for this weeks challenge, set by Tina: You Pick It.

This was inspired by Lisa Coleman’s latest Bird Weekly — Photo Challenge: Birds in Colour & Mono. In the second picture of her post, there is a slider bar which can be dragged back & forth to change the colour & grey scale aspects of the picture. I was very taken with this but, had no idea how it was done. I decided, for my entry, to use columns to put the colour & the black & white images side by side, but wordpress went into a huff & wouldn’t play along 😩 I ended up doing the images in a stacked format as that was all that was working. Below is an example.

Bushboy to the rescue. Brian, in the comments suggested that I edited the post using the compare function in the block editor.

So here is the newly edited post, using a newly learnt skill, inspired by Lisa & pointed in the right direction by Brian 😃 WordPress is a wonderful place 😊

Muscovy Duck in Palacerigg Country Park

Drake Mallard Duck in Palacerigg Country Park

Magpie in Bellahouston Park

Ravens in Cumbernauld House Park

Briefly Symmetrical — Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #116

Hi all 😃 My entry for this weeks challenge, set by Patti: Symmetry.

My first few pic & the header image inspired the title; looking at a chess set ready for a game, the two sides are symmetrical, until the game begins & the symmetry is broken.

Chess set ready for a game
Chess set ready for a game

The board, as well, is symmetrical when viewed on the diagonal axis.

Dice sat a certain way are symmetrical on two faces.

In architecture.

Charles Rennie Mackintosh uses symmetry extensively in the interior of House for an Art Lover.

Vertical & spherical symmetry in Kibble Palace.

Some horizontal symmetry.

…and finally, a bit of floral symmetry from an Iris & some orchids.

Lens-Artists Phot Challenge #114

Hi all 😃 My entry for this weeks LAPC set by Amy.

I’d not come across the concept of negative space, but have a apparently been using it in some of my photography all along.

In Amy’s second pic, she shows a brilliant example of using a wide aperture to blur the background & create negative space around the subject; a technique I am a fan of.

These raindrops (I had to get some in somewhere 😂) on a web were shot against the sky to create an impression of them almost floating in space.

I like to use nagative space to surround monuments & memorials to heighten their impact.

These are soem more instances where I have used negative space to highlight the subject.

Getting close to the action — Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #113

Hi all 😃 My entry for this weeks LAPC: Labour of Love, set by Rusha.

With the recent pandemic curtailing travel, I’ve started to take a closer look at things & fallen down the rabbit hole of macro photography. Sometimes it’s just everyday objects that I believe deserve a closer look at the detail. Other times, it’s in response to a challenge, where a closer look can be a different interpretation.

The lengths I go to; who said yoga mats were just for yoga 😂

This new-found enjoyment of macro photography has led to what some may call an obsession, but I like to think of it as a labour of love — raindrops. I’m always looking out the kitchen window at the grass in the back, waiting for the sun to come out after a rain shower, looking for that telltale sparkle. I love the infinite variety in shape & size, different types of rain bring different effects; some magnify the texture of the plant they are on, some act as miniature lensballs & others just glisten in the sun.

I am ever on the hunt for that elusive, crystal clear image!

…and finally, the perfect rainy accompaniment by ELO.

Thanks for stopping by & have a great week 😃

Time For Lens-Artists Photo Challenge

Hi all 😃 My entry for LAPC #111, set this week by Patti: Everyday Objects.

I drew inspiration from Patti for these first shots. I’ve photographed these 2 skeleton pocket watches before, but always seperately; I think they go well together. I had a bit of fun varying the depth of field but also the point of focus with the two sat side by side.

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The Winter Sun — Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #109

Hi all 😃 My entry fro this week’s challenge set by Amy: Under The Sun.

The shadows cast by a winter sun, sat lower in the sky, can add some drama & contrast to many a shot; and even some sparkle, as in the header shot.

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Out Amongst Nature — Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #108

Hi all 😃 my entry for this weeks LAPC, set by Xenia at Tranature: Sanctuary.

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