Now that autumn has arrived in the UK, it’s a great time to spend some time outdoors seeing how nature responds to the change of season. An arboretum is a great place to see nature and, of course, take photos too!
So I recently went to Westonbirt Arboretum with fellow photo blogger Sheila Morris (you can see some of Sheila’s photo’s on her blog) to spend a few hours getting photos of the amazing colours and wildlife. Westonbirt is a very large place, and even with all the crowds we saw at the cafe, once out in the woods there was plenty of peace and quiet to focus on getting the best photos.
For most photos I used the Olympus 60mm macro lens, which allowed me to get in really close for detail in some of the photos below. It’s probably the first time I’ve used the 1:1 mode on this lens, which meant that I physically had to move towards the subject to get it in focus. But when you get it right, the results are outstanding.
An abstract photo of some logs - the texture of the bark is amazing.
Conkers in the autumnal sun.
Westonbirt is great for red acer trees, you just have to time your visit right.
A daisy close up, still soaking up the sun.
A conker that looks like an evil eye.
The silhouette of a fly on a leaf, you can see all the veins in the leaf.
Lines in the bark of a (possibly) wild cherry tree.
A close up (macro) of some raindrops on a fallen leaf.
From recent blog posts you’ll probably have guessed that Just 10 Photos is based near Oxford, England. Oxford is magnificent – apart from its’ world famous university and tourist attractions, it’s a very photogenic place, has some great restaurants and bars, and has a very active Twitter community.
One of my longest and best Twitter friends is Becca Chaplin (@Ox_Bex), we’ve previously organised a few Tweetups (Twitter meet ups, where folk from Twitter meet in real life). Becca has recently joined forced with Jacqui Thorndyke (@FoodieOnTour) and Katy Routh (@Kalicer) to create Bitten Oxford, a website and blog to share information about the best and worst food that Oxford has to offer.
One of Bitten Oxford’s first ventures was a Tweetup at a new Chinese restaurant, Zheng, in the Jericho area of Oxford. Twelve Tweeters went along to share a big table and try lots of the dishes. I was lucky to be one of the twelve, and took the camera along with me to get a few photos along the way.
For once the taking of photos wasn’t my main concern, I was hungry! In fact, a couple of the photos weren’t taken by me. They were mainly taken with my macro lens (Olympus 60mm) and fisheye lens (Samyang 7.5mm).
Zheng - the Chinese restaurant where the Tweetup happened.
Tweetup in action with added food.
Zheng has a nice combination of wood and fancy lighting.
A close up (macro) shot of one of the hotter dishes on the menu.
A narrow depth of field thanks to a large aperture (small F number).
Lots of conversations going on in between all the food.
Close up food shots can make you hungry. You have been warned.