Friday, 12 April 2013

20-minute beauty

At the risk of sounding like a Blue Peter presenter, here's a great way to motivate yourself to get out and take pictures even if it seems there is no time for such an indulgence. I set myself a challenge this afternoon – to go into the garden for no more than 20 minutes and see what natural beauty I could find in this limited time window. There were many shots that didn't come off, of course, but the results below do prove, I think, that photographic opportunities are all around us and it needn't take a great chunk out of the day to capture interesting shots. All were taken using a Canon 1Ds MkII twinned with a Canon 100mm prime macro lens.

Can you guess what it is?


I love how so much of the rest of the garden is reflected in the water droplet

A very accommodating Leopard Slug (Limax maximus)

The colours make this shot of a humble earthworm

Even on the dullest of days the use of a little flash can bring out scintillating colours

7 comments:

  1. That's pretty inspiring stuff Tim, I did buy a prime macro and would love to get those sorts of results :-)

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    1. That's very kind, Alan, but you have not slugs and earthworms, but toucans and poison dart frogs! Lovely work.

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  2. I can't guess what the first shot is but I have to admire the Slug and Earthworm images, they are superb.

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    1. Hi Toffeeapple. Rain drops on the brake lights of my car! Cheers, Tim

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  3. I can't guess what the first photo is either. Are you going to put us out of our misery? (-: That earthworm shot is superb, so rich in colour! I shall try out your 20 min in the garden rule sometime. That's not saying I'll have anything of use to post mind! (-;

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    1. Hi Jenny. The first image is of rain droplets on the brake lights of my car. Good luck with your 20 minutes in the garden – Tim

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