Some better close-ups

As promised yesterday, this morning I ventured forth with the Sony to get some better close-up pictures of the various goings-on in the garden. A combination of settings has produced interesting results – at first I used the basic lens and the portrait or macro setting, then went back with the macro converter to see what difference that could make.

In amongst the detailed shots I took a few of particular colour combinations which I found pleasing, and managed some (not very clear) pictures of bees enjoying themselves. So first, a few without the macro converter. Mostly on the macro setting, one or two using portrait.

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Marigold

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Callistemon

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Knautia (I know it looks like a scabious!)

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The hypericum has been covered in bright yellow flowers, now all turning to berries.

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Lychnis with small visitor

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The pleasant combination of alchemilla with pink scabious

Still just on the macro setting, a couple of bees:

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Heuchera Plum Pudding is a popular destination for the discerning honey bee, but he doesn’t like being photographed.

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Visiting the lavatera and liberally dusted with pollen

Now some macro converter shots.

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Hebe coming in to flower

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Another hebe which will be flowering very soon

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Lychnis

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Tiny purple flowers on variegated thyme

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Phacelia – still happily self-seeding itself around the garden

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Blue scabious

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Pink scabious

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Geum Mrs Bradshaw has had a particularly good year and is still covered in flowers

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A hardy fuschia

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Lavatera

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Another colour combination – alchemilla and lychnis

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Aquilegia seed pods

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Salvia Hot Lips living up to its name, after the first flush of flowers were all red

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This has self-sown from somewhere, no idea where but I’m not complaining.

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Santolina Lemon Fizz coming into flower – this looks like something underwater

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Lemon Fizz again with its neighbour, an annual cosmos

You may notice the framing effect in some of those shots, I’m pleased with how they came out. And just because why not, here’s a comparison of the same flower taken on the basic macro setting then with the converter – it’s a catananche, just coming into flower and with loads more buds waiting to open:

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I could have cropped the first one but the resolution would still be better on the second.

All in all some good results there, and much to build on.

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