From the park (no ducks!) (4 photos)


matwhittington

Link Posted 02/08/2010 - 20:21
Hello all. Thought I would upload a handful of shots from my walk in the park yesterday morning. It was pretty early and suitably murky (well it was the first of August!). Got the usual clutch of pond-based birds but thought I would post some shots of slightly less mobile subjects. C&C welcome as ever.

First up, a globe of small flowers. Taken with the FA 50/1.4 on K-7:



Some thistle-esque plants against the featureless sky (also FA 50):



Something budding in the pond (does this look too dark??) (this one with sigma 100-300):



Finally an old log, which reminds me of a black-hole/gravity well or similar (!?) (taken with DA 35 ltd):



Hope you like them

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johnwhit

Link Posted 02/08/2010 - 20:42
What no ducks

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In LBA hiatus.

matwhittington

Link Posted 02/08/2010 - 21:03
...well maybe just one then - a goose rather than a duck; this Egyptian Goose stood out because he/she had an almost totally white head, and was very friendly



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coker

Link Posted 02/08/2010 - 22:04
First one: beautiful!

Looks like one of those globes you put your hands on & it makes static(?) sparky things (technical term, there!) run around.

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aliengrove

Link Posted 03/08/2010 - 00:35
I like all of these very much. The first one looks like a microscope view of a spore or a virus to me and I really like the white background on the second one it looks like a studio shot. The mono conversion really suits the picture of the log And I can see where you are coming from re a black hole!
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thoughton

Link Posted 03/08/2010 - 00:55
The globe is fantastic Mat, very nice indeed! Great colours on the thistle too.
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i-Berg

Link Posted 03/08/2010 - 01:12
No 1 and 2 are very nice Mat, as stated. The 'black hole' image IMO could usefully be converted to BW (perhaps with a slight increase in contrast), to accentuate exactly that aspect of it - the black hole.
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matwhittington

Link Posted 03/08/2010 - 06:26
Thanks folks for the kind comments - I shall have a play with the picture of the log and try a 'proper' B/W along the lines you suggest I think. Coker - I know what you mean about the static/sparky globe thingy - I think they were/are called plasma spheres(?) I seem to recall seeing them all over the place years ago... not seen one for a while though...

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aliengrove

Link Posted 03/08/2010 - 09:07
That's strange, when I first saw the picture of the log, I thought it was already in mono, must have been tired or perhaps it's my monitor......
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bwlchmawr

Link Posted 03/08/2010 - 18:30
I really like this set, Matt. The first one is lovely as is no.3.
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Lowela

Link Posted 03/08/2010 - 18:45
I like the goose... He seems surprised!!

matwhittington

Link Posted 03/08/2010 - 21:04
Thanks Andrew and Lowela - the Goose was certainly very inquisitive.

I was playing around with a B/W conversion of the last shot and I got a bit obsessed with pictures of dead wood ()... so I'll start another thread and post a couple of shots to see what people think...

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matwhittington

Link Posted 04/08/2010 - 18:58
Thanks Gareth

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Link Posted 02/10/2010 - 10:24
Spectacular collection
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Mike-P

Link Posted 02/10/2010 - 13:45
No.1 .. superb shot, would have been tempted to clone that little bit of white out though.
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