Day #60

Day #60Title: Take Two
Location: At a friend’s house
Camera: Canon EOS 30D / 50mm EF f/1.8 + 12mm extension tube
Notes: Today is Leap Day, so I wanted to take a picture which related to time. I spent a while this afternoon fiddling with a macro shot of the inner workings of my cheap Swatch. It came out well, I thought I’d use it for today’s shot. But then I was visiting friends this evening, and they showed me this beautiful Half Hunter with a Golden Sovereign, which I couldn’t resist photographing with my macro lens. It seemed a travesty to show you a twenty quid plastic timepiece instead of this wonderful old pocket watch. So I’ve excercised my perogative and changed my mind. Here’s Day #60 Take Two.

Day #58

Day #58Title: Signs Of Spring
Location: Longstomps Avenue, Chelmsford
Camera: Canon Ixus 850IS compact
Notes: OK, the Orton Effect has been done by lots of people before, but not by me! Found a good tutorial on how to get the desired effect this morning, so decided I would try and find a suitable shot today to test it out. I’m quite pleased with the result. You may be seeing more in the future!

Day #57

Day #57Title: Keep It With Kodak
Location: Antique Centre, Battlesbridge
Camera: Canon EOS 30D / 17-85mm EF-S f/4-5.6 IS USM
Notes: Cloudy when I woke up, but by the time I’d dressed and had breakfast, the sun was breaking through. So I decided to take myself off to Battlesbridge for a look around. It’s a renowed centre for arts, crafts and antiques, as well has having pleasant scenery along the River Crouch. I took plenty of “chocolate box” type pictures, but also had fun around the antiques centre photographing rusty garden ornaments, old traction engines and the like. There were a couple of interesting items inside too, but I thought this picture of an old Kodak Medium Format folding Bellows Camera best embodied the spirit of 366.

Day #56

Day #56Title: Nature’s Telephone Cables
Location: At home
Camera: Canon EOS 30D / 50mm EF f/1.8 + 12mm extension tube
Notes: Sunny when I woke up, so I went into the garden and played for a few minutes before breakfast. These are two tendrils of the Passion Flower which grows around my garden gate. It looks a bit sad at this time of year, but some of last season’s growth made some interesting patterns in the morning sunlight. I like the way the top spiral has grown one way, then back on itself; it reminds me of how curly telephone handset cables used to get in such a mess!

Day #55

Day #55Title: Ring My Bell
Location: Great Baddow, Essex
Camera: Canon EOS 30D / 17-85mm EF-S f/4-5.6 IS USM
Notes: Went for a 6.5 mile walk this morning, with a local Flickr friend. The sun was shining, which was a bonus neither of us were expecting. We did a big loop via Sandon, Grace’s Cross, and the Canal at Sandon Mill, finishing back in Great Baddow. This was towards the end of the hike, when I spotted some attractive old cottages from across the road. The shadows of the bell pull were rather nice. And in the end, this was the one I liked best from all of today’s shots.

Day #54

Day #54Title: Blowing In The Wind
Location: Galleywood, Essex
Camera: Canon EOS 30D / 17-85mm EF-S f/4-5.6 IS USM
Notes: Before vegging out in front of the telly to watch 3 games of Six Nations rugby, I went out for a walk this morning to stretch the legs and try to take a shot for the day. The weather was grey and miserable again, but at least it wasn’t raining. I was surprised to find this Dandelion Clock sitting under a hedge. When first picked, it had it’s full head and I was hoping to bring it home to photograph with my macro lens. But the rest of the walk was quite windy, and I noticed the seeds were beginning to fly. I found a suitably dark background and held up the clock in front, watching the seeds blow away. By the time I got home, the rest were gone.