Five Minutes with hyacinths

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 Comments Add yours

  1. Tish Farrell says:

    Now seeing hyacinths with fresh eyes, Jude.

  2. Stunning shots, Jude. I also wish the perfume could permeate my laptop. 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      Deep sniff Sylvia…

  3. 76sanfermo says:

    Discovering more and more….

  4. Sumana Khanom says:

    Gorgeous photos 👌

  5. That’s your next purchase – a perfume camera!

    1. Heyjude says:

      They don’t seem to have got very far with the scent idea do they!

  6. Lucid Gypsy says:

    It’s okay, I can summon up the fragrance from your photos!

    1. Heyjude says:

      And I imagine you probably have a few of your own?

  7. Lynn says:

    Such vibrant colour & fragrance produced in the very short time these beautiful flowers blossom.

    1. Heyjude says:

      True. I ought to bring mine inside to benefit from that fragrance, but then it will be too warm and they will quickly die.

  8. desleyjane says:

    Oh these are so beautiful Jude. Love this post. Those green tips are adorable – so lovely. Love that lens 😍

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks DJ – they are a bit flattened now after all the wind we have had this week!

  9. restlessjo says:

    I very much like the bigger photo of the white ones 🙂 🙂

  10. If you bottle that scent, you’d be rich! I was reading DJ’s comments about 30mm and 60mm, and yours too on her post. I didn’t realise these lenses were so tricky.

    1. Heyjude says:

      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 🙂

      1. Tripods are great, but a pain to set up and dismantle. Even without using one, you’re getting great results with your macro lens.

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