This was a tricky one and I don’t think I pulled it off…but that’s for you to decide.
I was drinking a can of lemonade…the type you get abroad that has a really refreshing taste as it’s packed with real lemons (well 16%)
I spotted them in Sainsburys and it’s always one of the things I enjoy drinking while abroad. Always tastes so much better than our crappy Tango etc. I digress. I was drinking today and thought about the death of the lemon to sacrifice itself for this incredible flavour drink. So I decided to try and recreate a sinister last few minutes of the lemon’s life. No the drink didn’t have drugs in it!
So I set up the simple arrangement and lit it with a torch. I made the string look grubby by rubbing it in soil and then smearing plant leafs on to try and colour and reduce its bright white.
Today I met my music idol – Steven Wilson of Porcupine Tree.
He was at a signing of his new album at my favourite record shop – Record Collector in Sheffield. I’ve been shopping their for 35 years.
Porcupine Tree haven’t played Sheffield in ages (well certainly not in the last 10 years) so it was a surprise he’d chosen Sheffield for a signing. It turns out his record label had arranged the signing and the venue. Steven was eager to check out the vinyl collection next door, but for the time being he was greeting fans in a queue that went from front to back and outside into the yard. I’d just picked up a fisheye lens for the ipod and this is the first shot from it. I was five minutes from my meeting. He’s a pleasant chap, and did a good job of working through the eager crowd.
I have a shot taken by the guy behind the counter of me with Steven.
Taken today on a quick visit to Clumber Park in search of fungi. There were lots of flat topped fly agarics but not many of these closed ones. This time I not only took the closer shots but some more environmental ones like this. The 100mm has a good rounded aperture which gives great out of focus background highlights.
Pentax K20d and Pentax 100mm macro – 1/30sec at f/2.8 and ISO 200
As you may know from reading some of my blog entries I like to mess around with unsual lens combinations.
This morning I attached the Toy lens onto the Olympus EP2 and then screwed in a +10 macro lens. This macro lens is part of an old fisheye macro converter. It gives good sharpness in centre but falls off at the edges. Combine that with the crazy Toy lens and you have ultra fall off at the edges. And here’s what happens.
This is of a chestnut leaf. The focus distance is about 4cm from the subject.