My last theme choice

I can’t believe it’s almost a year since we started this photo challenge.  What a fantastic catalogue of images we’ve shot over that time.

Ok, so my last theme choice is going to be a challenging but creative one.  My camera (so I’m presuming ELanor’s too) has the ability to take multiple exposures in-camera.  Not bracketing where shots at different exposures are taken one after the other, but actual overlaying of the exposures on top of each other.  It’s a setting found within the menu structure but basically you can choose how many images you would like the camera to expose together and then you take those shots one after the other.  I had a quick play this morning with two exposures and it seemed to work ok.  Unlike the old film days where you would shoot a roll of film, then rewind it and shoot over it again, digital cameras allow you to get multiple exposure overlays in just a few clicks.  This is something that could be achieved through layering in Photoshop but since Eleanor and I use Lightroom, we can play around doing it in-camera instead.  Here’s some example on Flickr.

My final theme is MULTIPLE EXPOSURES. Thought this might be a fun one to end on and something a bit different.

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Eleanor’s Spring Flowers

So many flowers so little time. Wireless Hill, Kings Park, Araluen… Not enough time, so an extra fortnight just on spring flowers was supposed to get us out and about to some other places.

A trip to Busselton for a Photography workshop guaranteed, if the weather was kind, wildflowers and especially orchids. I had hoped there’d be time to get out to Araluen for the mass bulb shots, but time got away. We did find orchids when we went to Busselton, so here is a collection of five.

We drove south along the South West Highway because I thought there would be more photo opportunities, but it poured with rain. We got a respite when we got to Bunbury, quick drive through town and then on to Capel. The sun was still shining as we drove down the driveway to drop Cassie off at her favourite holiday park, Bushlands Pet Resort. Eagle eyed Tammy spotted orchids as I drove down the driveway so after dropping the dog off we stopped on the driveway to capture our first for the weekend.

Purple Enamel Orchid

 

After a great Saturday morning at Castle Rock looking for landscape opportunities with Christian Fletcher we headed into the bush near Yallingup with our assigned guides from Busselton Camera Club to find orchids and we weren’t disappointed.

Chapman’s Spider Orchids

 

A bit of a drive down Wildwood Rd to Carbunup to find the Carbunup King Spider Orchid, a tall species of spider orchid.

Carbunup King Spider Orchid

 

We found others while we were there.

Rattlebeak Orchid

 

and right on the edge of the path…

 

Silky Blue Orchid

 

Orchids are amazing. I have a book which identifies just orchids of south west Australia. It’s 500 pages long and over 100 pages just for spider orchids. What will we find next spring? I’ve just discovered that there are some orchids that flower over summer…..

FLOWERS THAT BLOOM IN THE SPRING by Tammy

I love photographing wildflowers – not only is it exciting to find a beautiful flower in all the greenery, but it lets me practice my macro skills which then comes in handy for my underwater photography.  We spent a weekend down in Busselton taking landscape and wildflower photos.  It was awesome to get a personal tour through the bush with Ann Storrie who found all sorts of spider orchids for us.  It really is a wonderful time of year to be out taking photos, I hope you enjoy my photos this fortnight as much as I enjoyed taking them.

ENAMEL – We found these enamel orchids growing in a paddock at the dog kennel.  A glimpse of purple caught my eye as we drove along the gravel road so we stopped on the way out.  Just before the heavens opened, we grabbed a few shots  as the sun peeked through the clouds.  I love how shiny these orchids are, they almost look fake.

LEOPARD – this is the back of an enamel orchid.  I love the leopard spots which go unnoticed if you don’t take the time to look at the underside of the flower.

FEATHERS – these gorgeous red flowers were on the beach walk we did with Christian Fletcher from Castle Rock to Meelup Beach.  I’m not sure what they are (and I need to find out) but they were just so delicate with the feather like flowers against dark green foliage.  I found one dripping nectar too which made for some lovely shots.

FRINGE – It’s always lovely to find these beautiful fringed lillies.  They have distinctive twisted leaves and branches which tangle themselves around other plants.  The colour of the flowers is quite varied with some so pale they are almost white and others a darker purpley pink colour.  This one had just a tinge of colour.

SPIDERS – These are Chapman spider orchids with striking blood red markings and long tendrils.  I’ve seen lots of spider orchids but never really appreciated just how many varieties there are and the colour variations that exist.  This clump was in the middle of a dirt track just out of Dunsborough.  I decided to try a different angle so laid on the ground and shot up into the sun.

The flowers that bloom in the spring

Nanki Poo, a character in the Mikado by Gilbert and Sullivan sang:

The flowers that bloom in the spring, tra la, breathe promise of merry sunshine.

As we merrily dance, and we sing, tra la, we welcome the hope that they bring, tra la,

of a summer of roses and wine, of a summer of roses and wine.

And that’s what we mean when we say that a thing, is welcome as flowers that bloom in the spring.

Tra la, la, la,la, tra, la, la, la, la. The flowers that bloom in the spring.

So it’s a bit of a cop out, but Tammy and I have really enjoyed ourselves with the the spring theme and we’re heading to Busselton this weekend for a photography workshop and hope to find more orchids, so this fortnight it’s all about the flowers and just the flowers.

SPRING HAS SPRUNG by Tammy

I had such a lot of fun with this theme.  What I enjoyed most was heading out into the bushland with Eleanor and seeing what we could find. We did 4 trips together to Wireless Hill, a gorgeous parcel of native bush in the middle of suburbia.  The wildflowers are putting on a amazing display this year, especially the kangaroo paw in the section that was burnt out a few years ago.  We also found bee orchids which we’d not seen before.  It was so difficult choosing just 5 shots this fortnight, I had so many I loved.  I decided to go for diversity and chose different subjects taken with different lenses too.

SPIDER – I noticed this little spider sitting on some yellow flowers.  As I turned away to find my close-up diopter in my camera bag, the spider lunged forward and caught a beetle.  I took dozens of photos as she slowly sucked the blood and life from the beetle.  I love this shot as she stares right at me, her fangs pressed into the beetle held out in front of her.

WATTLEBIRD – not the best shot but I wanted to include a bird as spring is when they are busy at work building nests and collecting food.  These wattlebirds are fast and difficult to photograph as they leap from tree to tree looking for nectar.  They are noisy too and not afraid to take on birds more than double their size.

FLOWER – I had hundreds of shots of flowers – kangaroo paw and orchids mostly – but I chose to include this one as I love the rim lighting in the late afternoon sun.  I took lots of rim lighting shots over the last fortnight and could have put together a collection of just rim-lit shots.

DRAGON – I chanced across this Western Bearded Dragon who ventured out onto the footpath to soak up the sun.  He sat on the warm path only metres from me before scurrying into the bush, resting at the base of this grasstree.

GRASSHOPPER – This grasshopper is tiny, I’d say about half a centimetre.  It is perched on the unopened flower of a climbing sundew.  I only got a couple of shots before it bounced off but I love the afternoon light on the insect and flower.

Eleanor’s Spring has Sprung

I have had the best time with this theme. We have had some fabulous weather.

Last spring when we went wildflower hunting I really wanted to see a fringed lily. We found some down south that were so pale and small, but on our first trip to Wireless Hill while Tammy was shooting a spider I enjoyed this lovely flower.

Inspired by Tammy’s ANZANG Botanical winning fly being caught in a sundew I’m always checking them out for cool insects. I found this unfortunate flying ant. I screwed on my cheap Hoya +4 close up lens and set up to get a shot of this guy. I took so many shots and nearly gave up a few times. It’s not as pretty as Tammy’s but I think I captured the action.

More insects. This lovely fly was on a native violet and just as I snapped my first shot of its back it moved and happily for me parked itself looking straight at my lens on this pretty blue flower that looks like it needs and iron.

Donkey orchids are everywhere, thick patches of them, but this patch was amazing. I used my 60 mm lens and I think it looks like a meadow of orchids. Such happy flowers..

We got to the eastern end of the reserve and found an area that had been burnt out the previous year. Here there were so many kangaroo paw. I love this image because of the golden light and the rim lighting highlighting the kangaroo paw, it just makes me feel happy.

The sun got low and we headed back to the car. We saw Noddys on our way back, but I had no bird lens so I just enjoyed the location. All these images were taken on our first visit to Wireless Hill this spring. It was so wonderful that I went back during the week and found spider orchids heard about some rare orchids and so we had two visits there the following weekend and found orchids we’d not seen before. There will certainly be several more in the next few months.

SPRING HAS SPRUNG

Ok, an easy one but one I’m looking forward to a lot.

I love springtime – we have glorious weather, the birds are preparing their nests and THE WILDFLOWERS ARE OUT!  Eleanor and I had some wonderful photo trips last year looking for orchids.  I’m hoping we can get out together for this theme cos we haven’t been out shooting for a while.