Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothingCamille Pissarro
One of the pleasures of an addiction to photography is that you start to see photos wherever you look! And by look, I mean REALLY look. While it’s wonderful to be able to photograph sweeping landscapes, iconic buildings, wild (and not so wild) animals, interesting people … look closer and you will find even more subjects.
And even when there seems to be nothing to photograph, look again. Even the smallest thing will make a great image if carefully composed. In nature especially, there are always small things to photograph.
It’s a while since I’ve participated in the Sunday Stills challenge – mea culpa. But this week Terri asks us to focus on things that are small or tiny, so how could I resist?!
While I don’t have a dedicated macro lens, I do enjoy close-up photography. Sometimes I use the macro setting on my bridge camera, other times I use a zoom to get closer while standing back. I like the shallow depth of field the latter technique produces.
And I’ve just bought a new phone, a Redmi Note 10 Pro, which has an excellent macro lens built in. It can be fiddly to use but when I get it right the results are very effective. The feature photo of a fly on a hydrangea bush in our garden was taken with that, for example. More of my experiments with that new phone camera will no doubt appear in my next monthly round-up.
Meanwhile here, quite simply, is a gallery of small things that caught my eye, and my lens, in the last six months or so, both abroad and closer to home. One or two may have featured before but I’ve tried mainly to choose some as yet unseen. A number are from our recent short visit to Hampshire, including one from the river walk at Buckler’s Hard.
Fallen gingko leaf in the frost, Keats House, Hampstead, north London
Apple blossom buds, Ealing
Catkins in Camberwell, London
Golden silk orb-weaver, Cayena Beach Villas, Colombia
[photographed from our shower but luckily on the other side of the window!]
Field Indian paintbrush (I think) in the Valle de Cocora, Colombia
Euphorbia in the rain, Dajti Mountain, Tirana
New leaves emerging, Kvaløya Island, Norway
Peacock butterfly, Norfolk
Backlit poppy with fly, Norfolk
Bumblebee on salvia, Hampshire
Bees on thistle flowers at Hurst Castle, Hampshire
Meadow Brown butterfly at Blackwater Arboretum, Hampshire
Champagne cork art at Blackwater Arboretum in the New Forest, Hampshire
Seed head by the Beaulieu River, Buckler’s Hard, Hampshire
[this is either Hemlock water dropwort, which is incredibly poisonous, or Corky-fruited water-dropwort, which is harmless – I wish I knew which!]