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

 

Good Day Sunday

From icy woodland paths and frozen fields to the centre of Manchester, another enjoyable day. Woodbank Park was much larger than I remembered from my teenage-years and now more interesting. We wondered through footpaths and fields not quite sure where we were heading but Roma didn’t care. Eventually we found our way to the main park bit, and I was drawn to the abstract reflections from the old cafe windows, blue sky and the organic Pollock like images from the tree branches.

 

 

 

In the afternoon by direct contrast, we were in the middle of Manchester and this time on our way to see the amazing photographer Martin Parr’s exhibition at the Manchester Princess Gallery. Martin Parr’s photography features everyday people going about their lives in different settings from all walks of life. The exhibition celebrates working class life, inclusion and diversity in Greater Manchester, from the early 1970’s to last year, and is well worth a visit …..I am definitely going back again .

 

 

 

I was totally inspired and ended up buying a cheap 3 lens kit to attach to my smart phone for convenience when not having my Nikon on me. (You never know when you you will see something that inspires you, that’s why I love my mobile phone)

All this Art and inspiration made us hungry so the very tasty Little Aladdin’s was our next stop.This is a great place to eat , totally Vegan, friendly owner,a varied menu and at a good price. My personal favourite are the three curries rice .(72 High St, Manchester near the Northern Quarter)

 

 

 

A spot of shopping,

 

…and a broken butter dish (thanks James šŸ˜‰ )

What a great way to spend a Sunday, and City put the icing on the cake by beating Arsenal

 

 

 

“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’sĀ  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 manipulationĀ  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.Ā 

Ā 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.Ā 

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 šŸ™‚

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 PinkĀ  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

Colour Burst

Maths is now finished and it’s the start of the Summer holidays, so more time for playing with my new Nikon ds7200 camera. To be honest it feels like I’m starting from scratch.However here are a few images I managed to snatch during the last couple of months.

 

Rhubarb and Custard

 

Breaking Through

Waving Flags

Broken

Go With The Flow