What do do in lockdown

So here we are still in lockdown.  While the rules do allow us to drive to a place for exercise, photography might not be considered as exercise.  Given that, it’s probably better to stay in the house and garden if you are concentrating on photography.

We have been blessed with some gorgeous sunny days recently, with plain blue skies.  The plain sky makes it easier to take simpler images.  I popped my macro lens on to my E-M5 MkIII and went looking for subjects in the garden.  There are quite a few dandelions, so I picked one and held it up with the sun behind it.  I was careful to ensure I did not look into the sun when I did this!  I dialed in some underexposure, and the sphere of seeds looked fab.

A feather was my next subject for the same technique.  I had to use a very small aperture to get the right exposure, which does soften the image a bit.  There are some lovely diffraction patterns coming from the aligned feather parts.

One morning the sun was shining off the rear screen of a car parked in the drive and it was making great shadows on the ceiling inside the house.  I lay on the floor and used my mobile to get a shot.  I converted it to B&W in Snapseed, upped the contrast, and did a bit of Perspective cropping to get it composed better; lines from the corners and that sort of stuff. There are some interesting shapes and textures.

It might be a physical lockdown, but you don’t have to lock your photographic imagination down.

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