35×35 This is not guilt…

I felt a twinge, a faint feeling of failure that I’d started this latest challenge and then hadn’t posted every day… I got over it…

Anyway, in the mean time…. Drizzle!

DSC_8958Surprisingly hard to photograph unless back lit… I thank you again, Mere Fair!

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35 x 35 Convert…

DSC_8877Before I took up photography to the point where I shoot every day Spring was my favourite season. Now, when I’m constantly looking for the image, Autumn has pretty much tea-bagged spring and is blowing raspberries in its face as it lies sprawled in the gutter… (Forgive the colourful metaphors, I’ve been listening to Terry Pratchett over the last few days) Now, I’m going to enjoy the scenery before winter slaps its grey flannel over everything. That’s when I get to work on my excuses for getting all excited for Spring! ;o)

35 by 35 by… um… 35…

DSC_8518-PanoOh look… A panorama, that didn’t take very long did it!

I can’t help it! I love panoramas, they tend to add a depth of detail that would be missing if I’d “zoomed… or unzoomed… or whatever with my feet!” I am quite happy that, even though it was hand held I’ve managed to keep the composition right in my mind.

And, for those of you wondering, or even thinking I’ve seen this somewhere before, it’s the south door on St Mary’s and St Nicholas church in Wilton and featured in my 365 challenge last year. It’s a great church, quite imposing but the detail in the carvings are amazing.

35 by 35…

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So, a new challenge methinks, I have the tools at my disposal and those tools are not extensive, there will be my trusty D3300, now feeling a little worn but still delivering the goods. And my 35mm, f/1.8 prime lens (I love it sooo much!) the rest will just be gravy.

So, here we go, 35 shots over 35 days using only my 35mm lens and it might involve maths (did you know that 35×35=1225 and that 1225 is a Angel Number? Nope, nor did I and to be honest…. I don’t think so… But I will be sure to let you know if I experience any unexpected “energy” ((I won’t)) during my challenge.)

So, to my first shot, a fully charged hover fly on a daisy, I love these insects. They mimic the bad boys (wasps) they drink nectar rather than blood (horseflies) and they can beat their wings quicker than anything else in the animal kingdom.

Boom, there it is, a half decent blog post after the dismal attempts of the last 9 months…

And I’m going to include some techie bits too. f/1.8, 1/3200th sec, the shutter speed was so quick because it was the middle of the day and 1.8 is wide open so even at ISO 100 the amount of light in the exposure was extensive. I wanted to shoot at 1.8 to get a shallow depth of field so the focus was on the fly and the flower and throw the rest of the frame out of focus (Bokeh) so a compromise had to be made.

See you tomorrow! x