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Link Posted 10/01/2021 - 16:32
We have had snow and ice here in Lancashire for a couple of weeks but we have managed our daily walks. I noticed the moss on the stone walls have been poking their fruiting bodies through the ice. Photos over several days taken with either 35 or 105 macro lenses on a KP. Hand held, manual focus, leaning over walls, balancing on one leg, cold hands, changing light conditions. I am more of a slow "record" shooter, tripod, careful focussing, checking exposure etc so these are more "grab shots" so getting anything in focus was a bonus. Thoroughly enjoyed developing my technique which ended up swaying backwards and forwards until focus looked right. Hope you enjoy the results which have been "adjusted" in Lightroom.

And the sun came out briefly to catch some moss on the south side of the walls.


Link Posted 10/01/2021 - 16:54
Well worth a bit of swaying backwards and forwards while balancing on one leg to get these. My favourites are 5 for the misty effect and the last for the glow, both turning pictures of moss into art.



Link Posted 10/01/2021 - 17:51
The colours and shape in the last two in particular are superb - the whole set is worth the effort but those 2 would make great wall art (IMO)


Link Posted 10/01/2021 - 19:57
Wonderful set, Peter, especially 3-8 in my eyes, and of those, I'm with Steve above - 5 and 8 are particularly well photographed and processed.


Link Posted 10/01/2021 - 23:24
The last one is really beautiful. Be warned, once you get the knack of swaying backwards and forwards you will (a) turn off autofocus and (b) go macro nuts.
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Link Posted 10/01/2021 - 23:42
Hi ps burnley, the last image is simply gorgeous. It would appeal to anyone , regardless of their artistic understanding. Top photo itís just exquisite.


Link Posted 11/01/2021 - 09:33
Morning guys. Thanks for comments which are both helpful and interesting. I only included the last image as my wife picked it out as her favourite. She definitely has the artistic eye whereas I can't see the wood for the trees!


Link Posted 11/01/2021 - 16:12
Maybe you should listen to your wife more often, Peter! These are all good to study, but to me the last one is simply beautiful.


Link Posted 15/01/2021 - 11:32
No.6 for me, from an outstanding set!
Beautifully photographed, Peter.

Keep on swaying!

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Link Posted 15/01/2021 - 11:39
6, 7 and 8 for me. Have you thought about square cropping some of these as to loose some of the dead space at the sides if the frame?
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Link Posted 15/01/2021 - 12:44
Thanks for comments which I shall take as compliments. Gareth, you raise an interesting suggestion. Obviously the pictures were originally 3:2 and I played around a lot when cropping. I do find 4:3 a relaxing ratio (and being an ex Olympus user). I did try and give a bit of space around the frame but will go back and look at the cropping again. Cheers, Peter.


Link Posted 15/01/2021 - 14:01
These are all very original and beautiful, a great set.

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