365 Project: Day 193

Day 193

Day 193. So there I was, watching the sun set over Tollymore Road, and for those of you who know this road, you will know what that means – the rich green fields layered in front of you, leading to the shock of the grey blue water beyond, with the jagged lines of Rocky Cape tracing a path towards the sun… watching that golden glow catch just the edges of each hill, I was struck by how it served to define the lines and the layers, to give depth to the scene in front of me.

And then I turned around, and saw the same golden light catching just the edges of each rich green leaf of this succulent, and I remembered – landscape photography is picturesque pattern recognition, and those patterns apply across a whole mess of scales… large or small, macro or micro.  So here is the small, the micro, the succulent; but I’d like you to see if you can also imagine the hills here, rolling off towards the setting sun, feeling the warmth on your face and squinting your eyes because although you know you shouldn’t look, you don’t want to look away from this beauty until you really have to. If you can… do you recognise that pattern?

365 Project: Day 193

365 Project: Day 144

Day 144

Day 144. So I went out into the gloomy, eery sea mist tonight, watching as it passed quickly over my head at Table Cape… and yet, I didn’t take any photos of it.  Instead, I focused on this completely excellent little plant… I can’t remember what it is though… it’s not garlic, but is it something like that? Anyway, I really like it… the flower that is! Lots of tiny little hands, reaching upwards in a big ball, and then exploding out in spiky flowers. Good stuff! Totally worth viewing larger, just to admire the weirdness I would suggest…must go back with a proper macro lens!

365 Project: Day 144

365 Project: Day 39

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Day 39… Well, we haven’t had a seascape for a few days now, or a shot of Doctors Rocks, so here is they, together again. Like a reunion of sorts. Except being away for only three days probably doesn’t warrant a reunion. Never mind – I’m rambling. And while I’m on that, is this really a seascape? Or more of a cloudscape? You can thank Dean for my decision to turn the camera upwards just a little more…

[Taken with the OM-D and the Nikon-mount Samyang 85mm f/1.4. I just liked that cloud… seemed so self-contained and complete.]

365 Project: Day 39

365 Project: Day 36

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Day 36… Back to Doctors Rocks for one more image of the locals. In between rain showers, hail, and a swelling tide… then it all cleared and here I was. And they were here too. Something a little brighter than the last few days!

[I’ve shot from almost this exact spot before – see Day 22 – although at a very different point in the tide. I kind of like the birds just waiting.  Taken with the OM-D and the Nikon-mount Samyang 85mm f/1.4. A moment of silence please for my trusty Hoya NDX400 filter – this was almost its last exposure before I cleverly dropped it in the water, chipping a big chunk off it in the process… 😦 ]

365 Project: Day 36

365 Project: Day 30

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Day 30… another long exposure waterscape, but not quite so high key this time… Dean, your thoughts?

Oh, and Day 30… does that mean ONE WHOLE MONTH? Crikey, that feels like it should be some sort of milestone…

[Taken at the beach in Wynyard.  I’ve tried to shoot this little outpost before, but it’s quite a long way out and therefore quite difficult to have sufficiently large in the frame.  Luckily though, today the tide was also quite a long way out. On returning home I discovered I missed a pod of whales at this location by maybe half an hour… next time maybe! Taken with the OM-D and the Nikon-mount Samyang 85mm f/1.4. A surprisingly useful and usable combo… lighting is a bit uneven here because I forgot the stepping ring for my ND110 filter, which meant trying to hold it steady in front of the lens for 30 seconds… won’t make that mistake again!]

365 Project: Day 30