Zinnia – From my garden

These Zinnia flowers were grown from seeds purchased on my last visit to the US. I love the detail on these flowers and have tried to capture them in this photograph.

Zinnia - Macro
Click on the photograph to see a larger version on Flickr

Photographed on 4th September, 2013 with a Nikon D7000, Sigma 105mm f/2.8 lens at ISO100, f/20, 1/250 with remote flash in slave mode.

Last of the Tulips…

The tulips came and went really quickly this year.. At least I managed to capture a few with my camera.

Selectively coloured to remove dull brown background. ISO 200, f6.3, 1/60 200mm
ISO200, f/6.0 1/60 145mm

Photographed using a Nikon D7000 and post-processed in Adobe Lightroom 4.4



From earlier this summer (or whatever that passed for that term this year!). A few years ago I wouldn’t have known what Aquiligea was, but my knowledge of these plants has increased after the purchase of a few plants.


Apparently the name Aquilegia comes from the latin aquila, or eagles claw based on the shape of the petals.

Evening Primrose II – On Black

I went back to my Oenothera plant over the weekend and experimented with my SB600 speedlight in slave mode. These pictures were shot with the external flash roughly at right angles to the camera. The results are interesting!!

I didn’t have to work too hard to get a black background in either of these pictures due to the positioning of the external flash. I also notice that the colours are less harsh now that the light is not parallel to the lens. Compare with the earlier post on the same flowers.
Technical Data

1/160 f/9.0 (Top)
1/200 f/9.0
Nikon D80
105mm f/2.8 Sigma macro lens
SB-600 Speedlight Flash
Post-Processed in Adobe Lightroom 4.1

Gazania – on black

Gazania‘s are native to south africa and are commonly grown in the UK as an annual. The lovely flowers light up any border with their profuse blooms and long flowering season. These gazania’s are from my garden in Cambridge.

Technical details:

Nikon D80
Sigma 105mm f/2.8 Macro Lens
1/100 f/18 with flash.
post-processed with Adobe Lightroom 4.1

Here’s hooking at you!

Here's hooking at you!
Articum sp. fruiting body.

Burdock (Genus Arctium) seeds with tenacious hooks that latch on to clothes and skin (I’m still getting some off my fleece jacket!). Traditionally dispersed by cattle. Apparently the roots of this thistle family are edible. Lots of medicinal properties according to Wikipedia.

Camera: Nikon D80 on full manual setting
Exposure: 1/400
Aperture: f6.3
ISO: 200
Lens: Sigma 105mm Macro.
Magnification Ratio: 1:2