Photography lessons

After some consideration, I have decided to have a go at the RHS photo competition. Well, I’m still thinking about it, but it’s pretty definite now. So as I had a day off today and the weather was good, I took a batch of photos and I now have the maximum of five entries – though admittedly all in one class, but I figure play to your strengths. After some fiddling with the camera and some downloading of useful software I have started playing with RAW files instead of my usual JPEGs to get better quality images.

I’ll post a few of the rejects below as I’m not going to post the competition entries here until after they don’t get shortlisted (ever the optimist!) but first, a few general shots. These probably wouldn’t win any prizes, but they give you a good idea of how it’s all looking.

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So, a few of the competition rejects. These are still pictures I’m pleased with but there were others I preferred, in the end.

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A pretty blue hebe

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And the same hebe being visited by a honeybee

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Spiraea

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Salvia Hot Lips

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Santolina Lemon Fizz – about five times the size it was when it went in

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Aquilegia seed head

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Lavender

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Santolina Lemon Fizz

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Lychnis

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Bramley apple, in development

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Under the gooseberry bush…

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Ripening raspberry

Most were taken with the macro converter, though not all.

This was a failed shot of a visiting insect and as far as I can tell it’s a type of damselfly:

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Pretty, isn’t it? This was the best I could get as the camera was refusing to focus.

Anyway, if I get anywhere with the competition I’ll be sure to let you know!

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4 Responses to Photography lessons

  1. Tilly says:

    Good luck! Even the rejects look like winners to me. You take great photos.

  2. ramblingratz says:

    It’s looking good and so are your photos. I particularly liked the Santolina. All the best with the competition 🙂

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