Alien on the common!

I posted some infrared shots from Dunorlan last week and now I am back again with the same, strange alien looking shots from the common yesterday.

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An infrared camera for me works best with the pictures converted to black and white with strong contrast and the bizarre white of the infrared glow from anything living screaming loudly.

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I am only just learning to do this properly after about ten years of trying- some of these I love- others are a bit too OTT, but that is what it is often like when I am in an experimental stage.

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I’ll calm down soon.

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Dappled Things

Photographing in woods is a bit of a nightmare- one of the things that makes them so attractive is the dappled light which is horribly difficult to capture because of the limited range of a camera- you either end up with the shots being too dark or the light being all burnt out.

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I’ve done my best to strike a balance with these in some familiar favourite places on the common.

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…And then out into the open to look at some flowers:

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… then finally a flowerbed in town:

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Wrong lens around town

My mantra on this blog has been “always take my camera with me everywhere I go,” but in my eagerness to pick it up when going out, I don’t always pay attention to what is on the front of it.

So, a couple of weeks ago, I set out to go walking on the common with a close up portrait lens (a 1980s Zeiss Planar 85mm f1.4 for the gear-heads amongst you.)

I actually like the challenge of seeing the world through an unfamiliar view, but after struggling for a bit taking in the wide views of the trees…

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…I changed tack and headed down to the pantiles where I enjoyed the blurred backgrounds this lens gives me.

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Then a quick stroll past the shops at the bottom of town:

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And then best of all for a coffee:

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