Waiting For Macro

After a lot of research and speaking to a couple techy camera experts I finally decided to buy the Sigma F2.8 105mm Macro Lens, but then had to wait until August to actually buy one. (Photographers have had macro madness during COVID19 so none in stock ) I have been playing with it for the last week or so trying to suss out the best settings and still learning but here is a few I have taken so far.

Good To See You 1

Octopoppy

Lets Dance

Bad Hair Day

Good To See You 2

“Gettin on with it”

 

In these difficult times it’s still possible to find pleasure in the simplest and smallest of things. Self isolating outside has been easy when taking Roma (our dog) out for her walk, as many people ironically imagine she is a vicious dog, which couldn’t be further from the truth.
These short periods have been great as they have helped me to spend time looking for beautiful gems of nature.

Happy Easter, stay safe and enjoy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

all images copyright Dawn Shallcross

 

Sea Shells Sanctuary

Walking by the sea is magical, watching the waves rise and and fall and the tide pulling back to the horizon always gives me energy, inspiration and belief in plans for the future. Last week we went to Formby and thanks to a local who we met whilst walking Roma we discovered some interesting facts about it’s history and it’s nature, and of course we met lots of other woofers all crazy about running after balls…and I had the chance to try my new Hauwei phone camera out. (There is a mixture of images both phone and DSLR Nikon).

Many have walked along this shore and footprints have been revealed which trace back to the late Neolithic period (7000 years ago) where the sand has eroded, showing them in the sediment below. https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/formby/projects/beyond-the-formby-footprints   This may be a walk to be done with out Roma some time .

Towards the end of the nineteenth century plans were made to construct a railway alongside Formby beach and a promenade was actually built. The plan was to transform Formby in to a seaside resort with guest houses etc. However the railway never emerged but you can still see the remains of the steps in the sand dunes which went down to the promenade.http://www.formbycivicsociety.org.uk/200912formbybythesea.html

We also were introduced to the Devils Hole which was not as sinister as the name sounds. It was in fact a 10 meter deep sand dune which is believed to have been created by a German bomb explosion in the early 1940’s, and looks like a crater.It now is hosts a wide variety of both fauna and flora including different species of butterflies and beatles and 10 different types of wild orchids. http://www.formbycivicsociety.org.uk/devils_hole_2017.html

Now back to the future the smell of seaweed, wet dogs and having the freedom just to keep walking and watching those waves. Some of these images are from another rugged beach the West Shore of Llandudno which is just as wonderful.

 

Keep on Walking

Devils Hole

Fetch Roma

Fetch new friend

Fetch Jerry

Lolly Poppy

A Drift

Sea Erchins (Collected from Formby Shore)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reasons to be cheerful part three

A week off, time to catch up with family and friends, and walks in the sunshine with Roma. It’s so good to have a week off to reflect, re-charge and be inspired…..time for my camera, start a new book and basically be me.
Towards the end of the week my hair was also recharged with a fresh burst of colour, and for once I actually was going out that evening. This was thanks to my lovely Sister and Brother-in law, as we put the money aside they gave us for Christmas towards a romantic meal. So off we popped  to the Indian Tiffin Room for a tasty meal. Tiffin serves South Indian street style dishes which have very moreish and distinct flavours, (The Dosas are  amazing). After feeling totally stuffed we managed to enjoy a few drinks , chat about  nonsense and new ideas ,in Brezo what a fab night with my soul mate.

On the Sunday we were then ventured through unexpected fog down the M62 to Crosby, (With Roma in tow of course), to see Anthony Gormley’s Another Place, and we saw something else which was a total surprise…….wait until my next post to find out more.

 

 

 

My mum loved daffodils so I always capture these thinking of her and smile

 

 

I came across a beautiful Silver Birch tree  in the cemetery near us  and was fascinated by it’s colours and textures .

While focusing upon the different shapes and textures I noticed this gem hidden in the crux of the branches….beautiful

 

Roma muddy and wet as ever

 

The first Pussy Willow of the year

 

Yum

So much choice but the staff will guide you if you need it.

Cheers here’s to more weeks like this

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“I try to capture the feeling or mood rather than a factual representation of what I am looking at. “

At last the start of December with it all the glitz of Christmas colours and lights and also the beautiful photography of RockinMonique, who I am delighted to share with you this month.

Wonderful bokeh ,creative and clever vision and adorable macro details….these are just a couple of the reasons why I love Monique’s  amazing photography.What I adore most is the ambience and emotion they evoke.I feel as if many of her organic subjects are normally hidden and once in front of the camera they shyly and apprehensively share their beauty with the viewer.

Some images tell a story but many have a sense of mystery and quiet stillness, created by Monique’s skilful manipulation  of the camera.

She captures the elegance and stillness of the subject by creating soft blurred backgrounds,beautiful bokeh and emphasis upon subtle colours and delicate form and texture.

My words are not the clearest so just enjoy these enchanting images and think for yourself.

history of a dandelion - part 3

History of a dandelion part 3 RockinMonique

my secret rendez vous

My Secret Rendez vous RockinMonique

we talked all night

We talked all night

moonlit serenade

Moonlit serenade RockinMonique

About the Artist in her own words

In 2010 I was diagnosed with a very rare balance disorder called MdDS. The best way to describe it is: on a good day it feels like I am walking on a mattress and on a bad day a waterbed while the world around me moves up and down and side to side. It changed my world and how I saw and lived in it. 

 For my birthday in 2013 my amazing husband bought me a camera in hopes that it would encourage me to leave the house and do something that feeds my creative side. Well – I have been in love since day one! Even on bad days – when leaving the house is not possible – I find something to shoot. 

I am self taught with still so much to learn. I shoot with a Canon T6S and have what is the beginning of a decent lens collection 🙂

I try to capture the feeling or mood rather than a factual representation of what I am looking at. I love the post processing as much as the photo taking as I can then add my very personal vision for my image. My hope is that my images inspire some kind of emotion for the person viewing it.

a pinch of pretty

A pinch of pretty RockinMonique

think pink

Think Pink  RockinMonique

honestly

Honestly RockinMonique

button does not like seashells

Button does not like seashells RockinMonique

 

I hope you have enjoyed these unique and delightful images and if you want to see more please see RockinMonique’s Flickr page

A big thanks to Monique for sharing her photography with us

 

All images are copyright to RockinMonique