I live in a camper van with a West Highland Terrier for company.
My passion is creating images but it is a work in progress.
I am always willing to share what knowledge I have and can be contacted through the comments on this post or e-mail ADRIAN

Tuesday 5 July 2011


We are on the Chatsworth estate in Derbyshire…………..Out this morning, awful light, the house covered in scaffolding and to cap it all the only thing worth snapping was a Heron and I had the wrong lens.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe avenue of trees just outside the old walled garden I’m parked in.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAA very tranquil river Derwent………………….The Heron is the wee grey bird next to the log on the left.

We got back after an hours wander and whilst eating breakfast heard a Tawny Owl calling……….unusual in daylight…………Despite following the sound for half the morning I never saw it. Oh well, tomorrows another day.

Came back, set up the feeders, set up the camera for macro and took these of what I hope is Broad Leaved Willowherb. The flowers are about a quarter inch across.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis is three images focus stacked by hand using layer masks. They looked a little dull so I gave them a squirt with glycerine. I must be daft it’s raining now…………..I did think I was tempting fate at the time, It’s good to be right about something. I've just looked at these flowers after the rain and these shots would have been impossible as the flowers have closed up during the shower.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA     The same plant but a single shot this time. Both images shot with a 150mm macro lens with a 2x tele converter.

This has given me an idea. If it’s a slow photo day tomorrow I’ll try for a time lapse sequence.

Is it harmful to spray 50% Glycerine?

That’s all for today………..I’ll try for something better tomorrow.


  1. your flower shots are gorgeous!

  2. The flower shots with the drops of water are so delicate, and I can almost feel the aroma.

  3. Norma I like tiny flowers.

    Olga, The water is 50% glycerine....it clings a bit better than water.

    Keith, it is grand.......until mid morning when the hoards arrive.

  4. I agree with Keith, it looks a lovely spot to stay!

    The flower photos are beautiful. I get the use of glycerine but the technical stuff is a complete mystery to me :)

  5. Precious photos, especially the flowers, they are brilliant.

  6. Jan, I'll try and do it justice tomorrow. The technical stuff is not much clearer to me.

    Bob, I'm slowly getting the hang of this lens.

    Horst, many thanks.

  7. I'm intrigued how every photo has such soft light. The tiny flowers are lovely.

  8. Pauline, as always these images are edited but I noticed the diffused sunlight was grand yesterday. I have a diffuser which I could use for plants but not for birds.

  9. I find focus stacking is always difficult. It is amazing, depending on depth of field, just how many shots are needed to get every part in focus on the finished result which was why I ended up automating the process. I did have a look back to Rocks and A Bit Thick. (Thanks for the mention). When I use CombineZP I now convert the RAW files to BMP so as not to introduce any artefacts as they get intensified in the combine process.

  10. John, these are an 'and job' I have bought the best lens I can afford I set lens to f8 for quality. It is mind blowing the number of images one has to take. I will post a few 'And Done'. I like helicon the 3D video is just playing but moving pictures still fascinate.
    I love macro but am far from even amateur.
    Next Christmas Santa will give me a microscope.

  11. I've walked that river bank many times: happy days.

    I'm enjoying your macros.

  12. Graham, it is a good place..........pity the RAC Rally was ditched.