Wildflower Diaries – iPhoneography

I went out with my miniature macro attachment to the iPhone last week and captured photographs of a few wildflowers. Apart from the overall mediocre image quality (thank you Apple!) and extremely shallow depth-of-field, the macro adapter does a reasonably good job.

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Goat’s Beard (Tragopogon pratensis) seed head
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Sun spurge (Euphorbia helioscopia) flower
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I-don’t-know-what-this-is-yet tiny pink flower 🙂

All photographs from an iPhone 4S with a macro lens attachment. Post-processed in Adobe Lightroom 5.0.

 

Memories of an English Summer – Roses

Nothing probably epitomizes an english summer more than roses. Roses in all shades, hues and fragrances dot the myriad gardens around Britain. Here are a couple from my garden from 2012.

A rose in full bloom
A rose in full bloom
A rose in the setting summer sun.
A rose in the setting summer sun.

 

Gazania – on black

Gazania‘s are native to south africa and are commonly grown in the UK as an annual. The lovely flowers light up any border with their profuse blooms and long flowering season. These gazania’s are from my garden in Cambridge.


Technical details:

Nikon D80
Sigma 105mm f/2.8 Macro Lens
1/100 f/18 with flash.
post-processed with Adobe Lightroom 4.1

Yellow-on-monochrome

 

Nothing probably gives a better contrast and highlights a picture, like something yellow on black on monochrome background. To test this hypothesis, I put forward this picture of a yellow flower against a desaturated background.

Yellow on grayscale.

Really interested in your thoughts!

Technical Details:

Nikon D80 
Sigma 105mm f/2.8 macro lens
1/300 f/4.5
Processed with Adobe Lightroom 4.1

 

Meadow Brown Butterfly

 

Meadow Brown Butterfly. Commonly found in the UK and Ireland.

I came across this meadow brown butterfly basking in the sunlight earlier this week. As such, these butterflies are nervous and don’t allow you to come close. This one, however, let me get to within a foot before deciding I could be a threat!

 

Tortoiseshell Butterfly

Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly (Near Hinxton, South Cambridgeshire). 28/08/2012

A small tortoiseshell butterfly in South Cambridgeshire. The most common of British butterflies (so nothing special there), except for the thrill of being able to get so close to this beautiful insect. Click on picture to view large size.

British Wild Flowers – Thistles

Following on from my earlier post on wildflowers in the United Kingdom, here are the thistles.

Spear Thistle (Cirsium vulgare) – a common variety of thistle in the UK, being visited by a bumblebee
Greater Knapweed (Centaurea scabiosa) – invaluable to bees and butterflies. South and East England
Creeping Thistle (Cirsium arvense) – common throughout Europe.

Creeping thistle seeds – silky feathers that carry the seeds long distances in the wind.

Click on any of the pictures above to see a full-size image. I hope you like the post and the pictures. I welcome your comments.

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