Thursday, 17 April 2014

Ginger Lily mini-progression

This time my photos of the ginger lily blooming succeeded, and I will put together a time-progression as is my plan soon.  Here are three of the photos, and I have put them on here to show how fast the blooms change - these shots were over the course of just one day, and look particularly at the two blooms at the bottom, and how the stamens change from the first shot to the last.  Also how the top bloom  opens out, and how the stamens to each side stand up and out in the morning, and droop within a couple of hours.  The total time frame here is 7 hours!

11.53 am©Christine Linton

1.22 pm©Christine Linton
6.30 pm©Christine Linton
I love these flowers, and the perfume from them is wonderful.  Photographing something that is personally meaningful ... please read Rob Sheppard's post on this here.

Friday, 11 April 2014


Technical details: Aperture Priority, f/2.8, ISO 100, shutter speed 1/25th
white balance on auto with overcast conditions
©Christine Linton

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Ant with his aphids

I know that ants and aphids have a close tie. (read more about that at this link)  Ants feed on the sugar produced by the aphids as they feed on a plant.  I have been watching a hibiscus bud become covered with aphids, and this morning took some close-ups (macros) of the bud.  The aphids are swarming, and I caught an ant in one of the pix.  I was using Aperture Priority set to AF Macro, daylight white balance as it was in the morning sunshine, and ISO 100; f/2.8.  I cropped it closer in the computer, but I love the way f/2.8 gives that blurry background behind a sharp image - you can tell I'm still a beginning photographer by the way I am in awe at normal photographic results!
Ant with aphids on hibiscus bud©Christine Linton

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

The dandelion continues ...

If you saw my post on the dandelion seed head,
©Christine Linton
this is what a dandelion head looks like halfway through shedding:

©Christine Linton
Technical details: Aperture Priority, F/2.8, shutter speed 1/500, ISO 100, AF 1 area, white balance - daylight.

Also I recommend the post at Rob Sheppard for thoughts on self-judgement of your photography.  I have been reading "Photography and the Art of Seeing" by Freeman Patterson which talks about thinking sideways in your photo composition and links in with this post (in my head).  A stimulating book and not expensive.