Monday, 22 January 2018

Death Becomes Marjoram

Death Becomes Marjoram


The final remains of last year's Wild Marjoram, Origanum vulgare. Still struggling towards the image in my mind's eye.


Nikon D7200
Tokina 100mm f/2.8
f16 0.3s ISO 100

Sunday, 21 January 2018

The Wrong Kind of Snow

The Wrong Kind of Snow


Unsuccessful snowflake photography attempt, melting before they even landed.

Sony ILCE-6000
E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS
f8 50mm 1/5 ISO 100


The Wrong Kind of Snow

Friday, 19 January 2018

iPhone Rainbow

Untitled


iPhone 6s Plus back camera 4.15mm f2.2 4.2mm 1/149 ISO 25

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Fine Art?

Fine Art?


Recently I've spent some time mulling over the question of what is, and what is not, Fine Art. A little while ago I met and had a long conversation with the biggest Sycamore I've ever seen. This is a shot of the bark under the scales of that magnificent tree. The question is, is this or is this not Fine Art?


Sycamore, Acer pseudoplatanus.

Nikon D7200
Tokina 100mm f/2.8
f11 1/200 ISO 280

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Negative space pistachio

Pistachio


The good thing about this not very good shot is that I rejected a technically better shot with a tighter crop in favour of this composition.


Nikon D7200
Tokina 100mm f/2.8
f8 0.4s ISO 100

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Negative space lichen

Cartilage Lichen


Cartilage Lichen, Ramalina farinacea.

Nikon D7200
Tokina 100mm f/2.8
f11 1/250 ISO 500

Monday, 15 January 2018

Negative Space

Negative space


I reviewed my recent photos. There's a clear flaw - insufficient negative space. I've known about this for a while. But I still keep doing it. Feels like I'm banging my head against a brick wall. This week I'll be mostly working on my negative spaces.


iPhone 6s Plus back camera 4.15mm f2.2 4.2mm 1/35 ISO 125

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Guess who's bought a lightbox?

Vinca major


Greater Periwinkle, Vinca major var 'Variegata'.

Nikon D7200
Tokina 100mm f/2.8
f11 1/25 ISO 100
avec sauce secrète à la Mandy Disher.

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Balkan Threeband Slug

Balkan Threeband Slug


Balkan Threeband Slug, Ambigolimax nyctelius.

Nikon D7200
Tokina 100 f/2.8
f16 1/200 ISO 100


From: https://blogs.tcv.org.uk/natural-talent/2016/10/10/stunning-september-tiny-snails-new-county-records-and-more/
"The Balkan Three Banded Slug (Ambigolimax nyctelius) was first described from North Africa by Bourguignat (1861), and is believed to be native to South East Europe. Since 1960 it has spread in Northern Europe, as well as heading south, reaching as far as Australia. The earliest British record dates back to the 1930s from Greenhouses in Edinburgh. Since then the species is known to have established itself outside if the greenhouse, and is believed to be widespread in Southern England and parts of Wales. However, the species has been and still is seldom recorded throughout Britain. This is in part down to externally appearing very similar to another greenhouse invader, the Iberian Three Banded Slug (Ambigolimax valentianus). Both these species are between 50-80mm long when adult, with a short indistinct keel. The body colour ranges from pale grey, to yellow-violet or brown, with a distinctive pinkish tinge. The body has prominent dark bands, running parallel down the tail. Sometimes these can be faint or reduced to blotches. The two Ambigolimax species can also be confused with native species the Tree Slug (Lehmannia marginata) which can look similar, but lacks the pinkish tinge to the body and usually has a pale central stripe running up the tail. Confidently separating these two Ambigolimax species requires dissection and examination of the shape of the penis." However this will get you kicked off facebook.