PRIMAVERA

Sunshine,blue sky and at an abundant floating bubble of frog spawn.These images were taken with a Hauwei 30 mobile as I wanted to quickly capture these abstract images before the sunshine disappeared,( As you know how rapidly Manchester weather can change.)
I was initially intent on capturing the frog spawn but then became aware of how abstract the shots were due to the reflection and bright colours.I hope you enjoy these photos and are to also enjoy sunshine and hopefully the first signs of Spring.

I have just noticed that blue and yellow are the predominant colours in these images ,so lets hope for peace in the Ukraine.

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Teasels and Pins

After a week of crazy weather it was so good to see blue sky again, and enjoy the different effects of the beautiful sun light. I took these shots of Teasels just before the light was starting to fade, and then later in darkness, with a Sigma macro lens. Teasels are also known as Dipsacus which comes from the Greek word dispa, which apparently “refers to cup-like formation where sessile leaves merge from the stem” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dipsacus). It is their changing form which fascinates me, as they go from a beautiful lilac flower, to a wintry, elaborate architectural structure .

Teasels were historically used to comb and tease the nap from the woven materials, such as wool, before being replaced by metal cards. Anyway that’s enough about history lets get get back to the present and my window.

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Back to my Roots

Yes I’ve picked up my camera and have been inspired to once again get back to what I love.Photography is not just a medium for me to explore the hidden and simple beauty in the world, but also a distraction to the lows and worries in our hectic lives.
These rainbow lillies are perfect starting place to getting back behind the lens.They are a mixture of images from my Sigma 105mm Macro lens and Hauwei 30 phone .Enjoy

“Photography To Me Is An All Consuming Passion That I Couldn’t Live Without. “

This month I am excited to be sharing the beautiful photography of Charlotte Hedman, who is an artist I follow on Flickr. Charlotte’s work includes portraits and landscapes but it is her amazing macro images which I adore most. These intricate structures of nature are presented in a simple and unpretentious way which brings calm and pleasure to the eye.

Charlotte skilfully focuses on textures, colour,  patterns and form, which are underlined by reflection, water,  and dream like bokeh lighting.

Her images present both subtle colours and bold contrasts. The soft colour tones create a sense of peace and appreciation of nature, while the bold contrast perfectly emphasises the simple form and textures. The stunning images Charlotte has kindly chosen to share illustrate this.

Relax sit back and enjoy

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Wind Me Up – Charlotte Hedman

“There is something just so beautiful about the very tiny things we don’t see as we walk by them. I loved this tiny curling vine, that seemed to be decorating the leaf next to it ”  Charlotte Hedman

 

About Charlotte in her own words

Photography to me is an all consuming passion that I couldn’t live without. It has helped me see beauty everywhere I look, in all the places I used to ignore. It brings me into the moment and fills me with peace, as though meditating.  I love macros, and seeing the tiny wonders around us, but also enjoy shooting landscapes and portraits. Having been an artist my whole life, photography is now my creative outlet, along with the post editing work as part of the artistic process. I always hope that people viewing my images see in them what I saw and felt while shooting in that precious moment.

 

Living in a Bubble

Living In A Bubble – Charlotte Hedman

I love walking in a near by forest with my camera and listening to the water rippling in the creek. There is usually something in the creek worth photographing…this time it was the bubbles . And it created a funny kind of selfie at the same time. ” Charlotte Hedman

 

Hitching a Ride

Hitching a Ride – Charlotte Hedman

” I love to photograph flowers in water, whether they are growing there or have fallen in puddles. ” Charlotte Hedman

 

Doing the Twist

Doing The Twist – Charlotte Hedman

” I saw this flower at a friend’s house in London, but didn’t realise till I uploaded the image , that there was a curvy stem that seemed to blend right into the tip of another  leaf with a water droplet on it. ”

A massive thanks to Charlotte for agreeing to share her “Wow ! ” images , and if you have been inspired by her work you can enjoy more by checking  http://charhedman.wix.com/photography  https:/ /www.flickr.com/photos/111778568@N06/

 

All photographs in this post copyright Charlotte Hedman 2016

 

 

April Showers

This certainly has been a bizarre April; snow, hail and heavy downpours, ……but beauty can still be found. I am often excited when I see these natural “diamonds ” dancing in the sunlight.

 

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New Rose

 

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After the Rain

 

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Wet Fringe

 

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Crocodile Rock