Five Minutes with Narcissus

Five Minutes with Narcissus

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.

Still on the spring theme, this week I am having a play with a vase of narcissus which are currently bringing cheer to my house.

Narcissus is a genus of predominantly spring perennial plants in the Amaryllidaceae (amaryllis) family. Various common names including daffodil, daffadowndilly, narcissus, and jonquil are used to describe all or some members of the genus. Narcissus has conspicuous flowers with six petal-like tepals surmounted by a cup- or trumpet-shaped corona. The flowers are generally white or yellow (orange or pink in garden varieties), with either uniform or contrasting coloured tepals and corona. Wikipedia

All photos were taken using my Macro 60mm lens and an art effect on the Olympus E-10 camera.

If you would like to join in then please visit DJ’s site where you will find more information and ideas about this fun challenge which doesn’t have to involve macros.

Five Minutes with hyacinths

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.

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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.

Five Minutes with Crocus vernus

Five Minutes with Crocus vernus

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.

This week I chose a crocus from my garden. I took it indoors to photograph out of the wind and placed it on top of a blue glass dish in my conservatory which gets a lot of light.

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I was particularly fascinated by the reproductive structure – three feathery stigmas and three anthers.5-minute-crocus-6

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The petals appear iridescent and shiny.

And afterwards I couldn’t help playing with the editing software:

All photos were taken using my Macro 60 mm 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.