DesleyJane – a lovely arty scientist now living in Melbourne – is also a wonderful photographer and a huge macro fan. She has a new weekly challenge called “regularrandom for anyone to join in with which involves spending 5 minutes with the subject matter.

Choose a scene or an object and keep fixed on that object, and shoot for just five minutes.   You can move around the object or scene but try not to interfere with it. See what happens in that five minutes, what changes, how the light changes, what comes into the frame or leaves the frame, or what other parts of the object you can focus on or use to your advantage.

Today, in the rare event of no breeze, I took the opportunity to photograph the hyacinths flowering in a pot outside my front door. Although slightly bent and battered by the recent storm, Doris, they were doing their best to hold their heads up high.


I hadn’t realised that they had green tips to the petals until now.

And I only wish I could transfer some of the wondrous perfume on to this page for you to inhale.

All photos were taken using my Macro 60mm lens, hand-held.

If you would like to join in then please visit DJ’s site where you will find more information and ideas about the challenge.


19 thoughts on “Five Minutes with hyacinths

    1. Tricky to focus at the 1:1 setting as you have such a tiny area to focus on and it is not easy to get it sharp enough. A tripod would help of course, but I never use one. As for the scent, it is a bit overpowering and reminds me of old ladies. Nice enough outdoors though 🙂


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