Five Minutes with a dying Helleborus niger

DesleyJane – a lovely arty scientist now living in Melbourne – is also a wonderful photographer and a huge macro fan. She has a new 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.

After the ‘Beast from the East’ departed I went to check on my spring flowers that had optimistically begun to flower. My Helleborus niger,  commonly called Christmas rose or black hellebore, was in a sad state. Several stems were broken and bent and the flowers soddened. I rescued one flower and brought it inside to use as the subject for a photo shoot with my macro lens. Because the flower was in a poor state I decided to cut it in half and see what shapes that would yield. Below are my results.

All photos were taken using my Olympus OM-D E-10 camera and Macro 60mm lens.

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

33 Comments Add yours

  1. restlessjo says:

    Fabulous, Jude! 🙂 🙂 The whole page looks superb. Poor little plant. It might have been kinder to press it but who wants to be suffocated? At least now it can live forever.

    1. Heyjude says:

      This was a fairly small flower bud, it died because the stem to which it was attached had bent in the middle and the larger (open) flower was very soggy. There are still some flowers and buds that might make a recovery 🙂

      1. restlessjo says:

        Yay! We have the teeniest fragment of sunshine this morning. I may just venture forth. 🙂 🙂

        1. Heyjude says:

          Supposed to be the best day of the week down here, I am about to venture forth myself. Car service! But I might add lunch 🙂

        2. restlessjo says:

          Fish and chips on the Headland xx

  2. susurrus says:

    What a great idea. The sideways shot is fantastic (the 5th one).

  3. Sue says:

    Some great images, Jude….you love that macro lens!

    1. Heyjude says:

      I do Sue. Just don’t use it often enough. Definitely easier indoors 🙂

      1. Sue says:

        I’m sure….I have the ‘pro’ 12-40 2.8, a lovely lens, now far too heavy for me to cart about, but I have started using it indoors again……

        1. Heyjude says:

          There is a lovely new lens that I fancy, a 17mm f1.8, or even the 25mm f1.8, so that I have a wide-angle prime lens. They are not cheap though! I bought the 75 – 300mm zoom for Christmas to assist me in getting closer images of the birdlife. It is a much heavier lens though so I haven’t used it much.

        2. Sue says:

          Oh, I have a little Panasonic 14mm f2.5…. maybe not the absolute fastest, but I find it a great little ‘street’ lens! Picked it up second hand at London Camera Ex change about 3 years ago, and it’s done me proud

        3. Heyjude says:

          I must remember to look for second-hand ones.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thank you Aletta 🙂

  4. desleyjane says:

    Mmmnnnn these are beautiful. Even a sodden flower is gorgeous under your amazing eye. Love these shots, so creamy and crisp and beautiful.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thank you DJ, you are an inspiration being Queen of the Macro 😀

      1. desleyjane says:

        Oh my goodness stop it 😂😁😁😁😊

  5. the flower still exudes tenderness and vulnerable beauty….

  6. but would it have been so without you, the photographer, noticing?

  7. Jui says:

    I love all the clicks in this post!

  8. Very clever and showing so much patience, Jude.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Only five minutes Carol, that’s all that is allowed. 😀

  9. Lucid Gypsy says:

    Dopey me thought the Niger variety was the nearly black one, still very lovely though 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      Yes, an odd name for this white flower.

  10. BeckyB says:

    Oh wow – this is just stunning.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Glad you like the shots Becky. With the wind blowing here today I think if I take any more photos they shall have to be indoors!

      1. BeckyB says:

        I should have stayed indoors today as very windy here too. And wet! My poor camera……

  11. pommepal says:

    Interesting selection of images and taking the flower indoors is a big plus with no wing or cold to contend with.

    1. Heyjude says:

      I shall have to do more indoor photography using the macro lens. It is much easier.

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