Flowers of the Day

Frozen flowers today, coated with snow yet braving the cold winter weather with impressive dignity and beauty πŸ™‚

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Same Place, Different Time…

I posted two favourite images from my archives earlier today for this week’s Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Serene, and I wanted to see if I could find similar images taken at a different time of year to show the same views but without their atmospheric misty veil I found so serene…

So I found I had recaptured November 2014’s blue-tinged view from the train looking far more ordinary in May 2017… Excuse the lens flare in the updated image, sadly I didn’t have a lens hood on, but it’s the closest in composition I could find…

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And here is January’s freezing fog replaced by November 2017’s bright sharp sunshine…

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It seems I’m nothing if not a creature of habit… πŸ™‚

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Experimental Autumn – Motion Blur

 

This week’s photo challenge from the guys at the Daily Post is Experimental, so I went out for a walk with my camera this afternoon to try to capture the inevitable abundance of autumn leaves in a slightly differently way than usual, by experimenting with motion blur.

I initially tried to get some shots of leaves moving in the breeze, but I just don’t seem to be able to get the hang of using an ND filter to slow down the exposure time – I only got one reasonable shot out of a lot more than I’d care to admit to…

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Then I thought I’d experiment with the HDR setting coupled with still having the aperture closed all the way to see if that worked any better, but no, the end results just look weird…

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So instead I experimented with trying out a zoom-burst effect in a dimly-lit leafy tree-lined lane – no ND filter, no HDR setting, just ISO-0160, f/22 on Aperture priority, and zooming as smoothly as possible while the shutter is open. I’ve tried this technique a couple of times before, indoors, each time on a bunch of flowers in a vase, but I’ve never tried it outdoors before…

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As ever it took several attempts to find the right spot along the lane – no light at all made the final images too dull, but too much light blows out the highlights – and I also had to find the right rate of turning the zoom, and in the right direction. Now I’m home I can’t remember whether turning steadily from telephoto to wideangle, or wide-angle to telephoto was best – one gave the above result, the other created a lighter, finer streakier, less recognisable image, like the one below…

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