My Sunday Photo: 30 July 2017

Honey Bee on BuddleiaIt’s a while since I’ve managed a bee photo, but I had a go this week. In macro, focusing is very critical and depth of field is minute even at small apertures. Also, it takes a high shutter speed to ‘stop’ the movement of a bee! However, I thought this was quite an interesting picture, showing the proboscis of the bee which has just been sucking (or is about to suck) nectar from the tiny buddleia flower!

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My Sunday Photo: 23 July 2017

Small Apples RipeningThis was a sight in my garden this afternoon. How quickly the seasons seem to revolve – or is it just that I’m getting old? I didn’t plan it this way, but I rather like the way the light shows the texture of the apple skin, and also how the apples make two lines leading up to one in the top left corner. Oh, and yes, there’s still a good bit of summer left!

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My Sunday Photo: 16 July 2017

Lea Francis TourerI found this extremely rare Lea Francis P-type tourer yesterday (Saturday) at the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway’s classic vehicle weekend. Only 1,093 P-types were built, and only 97 remain in roadworthy condition! This one has not been ‘restored’ but simply maintained in good condition – I think it is all the better for that. In the vintage and classic vehicle fraternity, vehicles like this are termed ‘oily rags’!

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My Sunday Photo: 9 July 2017

Full MoonJust before midnight last night (Saturday) I noticed that the sky was clear and the moon was full. I hadn’t tried taking a moon photo for a while, so I took advantage of the calm, warm night. As the subject matter is decidedly unusual (from the point of view of calculating exposure) manual settings work best, with some experimentation! This picture was cropped down afterwards.

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My Sunday Photo: 25 June 2017

Steam at WirksworthToday’s photo is once again from the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway. The loco you see here has just hauled a train from Duffield to Wirksworth; not only does she need to be replenished with coal, but also with water, which is happening here. Standing still, the boiler pressure climbs quickly, even with the firebox draught cut back, so here, a spectacular blow-off of steam was imminent!

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My Sunday Photo: 11 June 2017

Head of Dock PlantBlack and white photography is often referred to as monochrome or in other words, one colour. However, monochrome doesn’t have to be black and white; it can be any single colour of your choice. In nature, one obvious choice is green. Here, I have used a wide lens opening (aperture) to give a shallow depth of field, so that the dock plant stands out in sharp focus against a blurred background.

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That Firefly Phil bloke, still knocking out photography and other stuff.