Colour on a cold winters day…

Colour on a cold winters  day caotured in the Cataract gorge Launceston Tasmania Having spent the best part of the last six months building a new home and studio it was a pleasure to actually get out and shoot a few frames. Eventhough there was no sun and it drizelled with rain periodically I was surprized (again) at the IQ and depth of colour saturation available from my Xpro1 at ISO3200. This was processed in Luminar which seems to be very good at extracting detail at relitively high ISO’s

Anemone or Dutch Wind flowers…


Fuji XPro1 ƒ5.6 1/50s ISO320 55mm-200mm with 11mm extension ring…

Back to the future!
The first closeup device I ever used years ago, was a x2 close up lens, on a none coupled range finder style camera. It was a bit, well hit and miss even though a tripod and a tape measure was used to carefully measure from the subject to the film plane.  With my first SLR a Praktica came extension rings.  A set of three rings was a gigantic leap forward for closeup image capture, the kit lens at the time was an M42 Domiplan . It was a fine kit lens at the time, I might try it on the Fuji when I get around to buying an adaptor at some point. I sold the camera but kept the lens! However the Domiplan was nothing like the more up market Zeiss Tessars which still stand up well fifty years after being manufactured in then Soviet East Germany. The difference between then and now is that Fuji lenses are some of the best ever manufactured anywhere at any time and certainly Fuji’s lens coatings are the equal of the best.
Up until comparatively recently I would have said that the only way to take closeup photographs would be with a dedicated macro lens in the last ten years or so zoom lenses have become so good that there is almost no difference between a prime lens and a zoom, so an extension tube or tubes is likely all that is needed to capture quality close up or even true macro images.





Lilys in the wild…

Lilys in the wild found in a small patch above the first basin

Its ANZAC day in Australia, a day when we remember those who have died in wars.  So this group of lilies seems like a very appropriate post. On a personal level I saw my father suffer every day with poor health as a result of WW2.
It was only after his death that I learned he had been decorated but refused to accept his honors because he did not believe in the glorification of war.

This group of wild lily was found on the Trevallyn side of the gorge.
These look like a minture but far more intensley coloured Belladonna lily. I’m curious to know what will eat them?

Crocus sativus – Saffon

Crocus sativus Saffron

I have waited to photograph Saffron or Crocus sativus for many years.
Of all the plant species on the planet bulbs are my favourites and this one is special. Not only is it a valuable crop it’s the only plant that I am aware of where we use the the stigma as a seasoning and colouring agent in food. Not only that but the flower is a gorgous mix of colours.

Just hanging out…

Just hanging out...

We are still getting the benefits of the heavy rains a few weeks ago these small native geraniums have just recently appeared clinging and hanging from a rock!