Day One Hundred and Eleven - Four Seasons - Winter


OK - So winter was always going to be a bit difficult, and it's not started snowing, but this strange leaf is actually wearing a fur coat! It's soft and furry to the touch but the leaf is actually dry and brittle.

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  1. Hello from GREECE!!!
    Could you visit my blog http://lefobserver.blogspot.com/, in order that the flag of your country, will be added to the index of my visitors?
    Thank you in advanced.

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  2. so how come the background is black then? Are you doing lengthy photoshop type stuff?!?!
    Lovely seasons pics B
    xxx

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  3. At first sight thought this was some kind of nut, unlike the photographer ! Win

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  4. Esther - I need to draw a diagram really, but... The macro shots are taken with a long zoom lens which has an extra macro fitting on it. This means that the lens is about 1 metre away from the subject. You can't focus once you use a macro fitting on the lens, you just have to move the camera to make the subject in focus! The depth of field (amount of things in focus) is restricted using this macro fitting, so I use a very narrow apperture (f/40 I think) which means I need a lot of light - like much more than daylight! To achieve this I use a flash gun which is off the camera, right next to the subject. So, camera far from subject, light source close to subject. As the light source is not between the camera and the subject (it would be in the way) the light comes at an angle - so no light goes onto the background. So the subject is very light, and the background very dark. In addition, the background is well out of focus (even though I use f/40, I still only have a few mm of focus!) so even if it was lit it would be just one blurry shade. So, that gives a crisp clear picture of the subject with nothing behind! There's a really good word for a good out of focus effect, but I can't remember it!

    The Spring flower I took outside with zoom lens, but no macro fitting, so I could focus and there is more depth of field - so there is some colour and texture to the background. (actually, I picked the flower and held it in one hand, camera in other hand, so the background was a bit further away!)

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  5. I LOVE YOUR PHOTOS, BY THE WAY MY SURNAME WAS BROSCOMBE, DO YOU THINK WE ARE RELATED. I AM TRYING TO TRACE THE BROSCOMBE FAMILY
    REGARDS JENNY

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  6. Hi Jenny - No doubt we are related, the only question is how far back you have to go to find the link! If you can trace your family living near Huddersfield at any time, then that will be the connection. I was born in Mirfield, W.Yorks (UK) and walked to school past the house my grandfather was born in and the steep footpath my great, great grandfather fell down in old age. The family still haven't moved from Mirfield - maybe that's why I'm in South America!!!

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  7. Hi James:
    Is this a leaf you photographed in Guyana? Your photography is very good - shows typical scenes from Guyana's beautifully natural hinterland.

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