Out in my usual spots in Dunorlan last weekend and realised when I got there that my favourite old Zeiss lens had a stuck aperture- basically means that you can only focus on one thing at a time.
So some distant shots with no foreground…
and some close ups with blurred backgrounds…
More alien infrared experiments mixed with some lovely flowers from Scotney yesterday.
Sometimes, if the weather is nice, I head out to Dunorlan determined to take the most beautiful conventional shots I can, but on a cloudy day like today, I am just as likely to go freaky with a comedy camera or, as today, two.
The black and white shots today are with an infrared camera- this sees the light which is invisible to us and misses what we see. It works even better in harsh sunlight, but I thought it worth a try.
The psychedelic colour pictures are with a lens that I have modded myself- turning around one of the bits of glass at the back of the lens to stop it from focusing properly and to bring out its inner Monet. Although probably without his taste!
I’m not sure yet whether these have worked- I’ll probably look at them in horror in a few months, but for now, here they are.
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.
I’ve done my best to strike a balance with these in some familiar favourite places on the common.
…And then out into the open to look at some flowers:
… then finally a flowerbed in town:
A couple of weeks after looking for spring on the common, and the same locations have changed already. The bluebells are getting bedraggled and most of the dandelion seeds have flown off.
Is summer approaching?
Continuing my attempt to capture Spring in pictures, a few from Dunorlan:
I was asked a few weeks ago if I had any seasonal shots showing Tunbridge Wells in springtime.
Well not many, so eager to oblige I went out amongst the bluebells etc.
Unfortunately it is really hard to sense the Tunbridge Wellsness in any of these, but they were honestly mainly shot on the common with the last two down my street.