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The Macro World

A rather nice little trip with the London Flickr Meetups mob to the lovely Kew Gardens was yesterday’s little outing, for a bit of macro mayhem.

I like Kew, and normally organise a trip there in the summer. ‘Organise’ very much in inverted commas, for this usually consists of ‘turn up at 11am, wander around until 5pm when we’re going to the pub’. I prefer informal, me 😉

It doesn’t seem -quite- the same without the Henry Moore Sculptures from a few years back (see Here, and Here, but I still enjoy a wander in the beautifully kept gardens, exploring the flowers and wildlife.

And in this case, the butterflies. There’s some info about it Here if you’d like to go too. The live ones are at the east end of the Prince of Wales conservatory. And some sculptures too.
Like this one:

A Bug. With Water Lillies

A Bug. With Water Lillies

For once, I was organised and came equipped with my lovely little Nikon 60mm Macro lens. Which, for once, I magaed to put to good use, and got some half-way respectable macros of the butterflies, in very-very-very close up (‘macro’ to you photo-y type people) mode. And a few other things, too.

You can go view them on Flickr Here.

And there’s a few bonus butterfly shots Here, as well.

Nice to see some new faces (Andrew – I was DEAD impressed with the Technica!), as well as the usual suspects.

Oh, and did I mention the new toy?

Nikon 16-35 f/4 *grins in a ‘now-I’m-borassic-but-happy’ way*
It does this sort of thing:

Temperate House

Temperate House. In Wiiiiiiddddddeeee view

Gossomer


Another LFM outing organised by the lovely Ghene, which resulted in a lot of swearing due to the Dragonflies not sitting still, and purple fingers due to the amount of Blackberries stuffed along the way.

And chocolate mouse too!

What more do you want? 😉

More Here

Raw. And All-Night too!



Fire Eater, Paris.

Taken on the LFM Paris All-nighter.
Full set HERE

Barnes Again…


A visit to the London Wetland Centre at Barnes with the Flickr group. Last year’s visit proved rather good (except, of course the foul thunderstorm in the afternoon!), so man-with-camera-extraordinaire Phill Price organised us to go again, ably joined by the Wetland centre Flickr group bods, who kept kindly answering the question ‘What’s one of those?’

And as you can see, we all got some rather nice piccies.

A recommended visit!

Oxford. But no Sunset!


A little Flickr meet, this time an awayday in the beautiful city of Oxford. Those lovely people in the Oxford Flickr group were on hand to drag us into every pub in the vicinity show us the sights and guide us on a nice little wander through the dreaming spires.

And a nice little day out it was too. Here’s the obligatory group mug shot, with added sarcastic comments.

Value for money, today!

More here, as ever…

Light Painting. With added irreverance ;)


Another LFM outing, organised by the soon-to-be-married Gaetan Lee, him of the Museums fame, to while away those long and dark winter evenings in the pub getting plastered doing something productive (!) with our cameras.

I take sparklers. 20 or so people turn up. How many have a lighter or matches to light them?

That’s right, not a bugger.

Typical!

Oh well, it as fun, as you can see by Gaetan playing the Devil (he does it a bit to well, methinks!)

Rest of pics are here, if interested.

You’re not? So what exactly are you doing reading this tripe, in the first place, then? 😉

Winter Warming


Global warming, my ever-expanding a**e.

After the Christmas excesses, a bit of excercise was in order, so on Monday a few hardy souls from the London Flickr Meetup Group headed for Westminster Cathedral for a look-see.

Good job we could get in as it was Bloody Freezing outside…a quick trip to the coffee shop was required as a service was on when we arrived, which I was quite thankful for as it probably prevented frostbite on my chunky mits.


And, as you can see it’s rather good inside, even if it is covered in less-than-attractive scaffolding and the viewing gallery was closed. Hrmph.


And there’s a LFM trip to Kew on New Year’s Day as it’s free entry.

And they actualy expect people to turn up on NYD with momentous hangovers, lack of sleep and in the freezing cold?
Sheesh.

Oh well, I’m in, if only I can get there with {insert favourite expletive here} rail replacement buses YET-A-BLOODY-GAIN.

I hate you London Midland…

Now where’s that heater…

A Christmas Quarrel


…Which is rather more interesting than your usual family arguments – yes, it’s the London Roller Girls at it again, the Steam Rollers taking on the Suffra Jets in a tense and fast bout.

Not exactly easy to get good shots of the action – at f1.8 these still had to be shot at 1600ISO and above. And there’s not quite enough range on the nifty fifty to get all round the track. Oh well, just looks like I’ve got to fork out for a 105mm VR macro. But it’s a recession guv, I can’t afford that!
And it only manages f2.8 (“Only”. He says!)

Anyway, a good time was had by all the bods from the London Flickr meetup group, and doubtles we’ll be going again. (That’s CdL Creative’s arm you to can see on the right of the pic above!)


A few rather spectacular spills and leaps, too, lovingly captured in glorious soft blur-o-rama. I need a D3, hint, hint!

I’m just glad I was only taking the photos!

Still, the crowd did get a few of the Rollergirls in their laps…and they had to pay for the privilage, too. Ouch!
(And guess who’s arm is in the picture again…*cough*.


Next bout: February.
I shall be there again if I can.


if only to see the sweet and friendly ladies on the track 😉


Some Enchanted Evening


At Syon park, where they string copious amounts of lights to trees, bushes, and probably anything else that doesn’t move, to create effects like this.
Nice, innit?

Not that it was a warm, pleasant summer’s eve, oh no, you don’t expect that in November…but at least it didn’t rain!

Another FlickrMeet, this time with my rarely-seen tripod, to capture the glows and hues of coloured things that are green by day, but psychadelic rainbow tones by night. I was expecting only a few others, and was pleasantly surprised when quite a few more arrived. And got the hot chocolate in rather quickly! (Thanks Elena – who you can see here with her light ray lover produced by Steven)


All in all a rather interesting evening. Although the Syon people might want to give some thought as to telling people where the shabby-looking alley that masquarades as an entrance is, unless you’ve been there before it’s not exactly obvious, as poor Lisa found out. But she made it in the end, so all was well!

And who can resist the Syon conservatory, which looks pretty good under normal circumstances, going disco?


Now I want to hear you all sing along…
“She’s D desirable, I irresistible…”
(for the over-30’s only, the rest of you will cringe!)

More Socialising…


Time for another M+G organized walkies, this time up to the distant wilds of the eastern reaches of the central line, where civilization barely exists and the caves are still lit with sparks from Flint and stone.

OK, that may be exaggerating just a little bit 😉

I’m sure they’ve got matches by now.

Anyway, today’s little wander involved the bushy-type things of Epping forest – all very well for trees, leaves, some rather bright (and probably fairly poisonous) fungi, and plenty of mud


but there’s also a little place rather close to this that sells cake…and not just any cake, either…masses of very sweet, chocolaty and generally fattening and rather unhealthy cake.
Which also just happens to taste really rather good…it’s called Belgique, and comes throughly recommended. You get things like this:


Just take a sick bag too in case you get carried away!

And a precautionary warning for those who haven’t been to a LFM walk before DON’T FOLLOW ADRIAN !