We can officially say that winter is over even though it felt like we never saw it but spring is now upon us, the birds are singing and flowers are blooming. Over the last week I've been photographing flowers in local parks around Ayr as they are all springing to life at the moment and it is quite beautiful to see. Spring for me is a time for me to reflect on the previous 12 months and then look ahead to the next 12 months. I'll start making foundations in new adventures and plans into my business as I don't like not knowing what I'm going to be doing for the next year. The weather has definitely started to pick up here in Scotland, lately I've been seeing that big yellow thing in the sky more often so I think things are going to start picking up from here. Now you may know I'm not much of a macro photographer but I'm always willing to give something new a try. I don't have a macro lens but what I do have is a set of extension tubes. I attached these to my Canon 50mm f/1.8 lens so I get could get the desired focal distance that I was after. Getting your subject in focus can be quite tricky as you have to do everything in manual mode and physically move the camera forward and back to get a crisp focus. In some circumstances it took me around 5 minutes to get a good focus on a flower, in a perfect world I would have a real macro lens which would then make everything 10 times easier but I like a challenge so I make the best of what I can get my hands on. The first subjects I worked with were Snowdrops located in a park near Ayr College, I'd seen these flowers last year but I didn't get any decent images as I was a little late but this year I was right on time. The area was full of Snowdrops, beautiful white and green colours flooded the whole area to the point where you couldn't see what was beneath them. The light wasn't great that evening but I was still optimistic about getting some interesting images, I spent the next 2 hours carefully walking between the flowers looking for interesting compositions that would work for what I was after.
After working with the Snowdrops I spent the next at another area in Ayr which was full of Crocuses, again I saw this place last year but I was too late in the year to get any decent images so I made it a priority to go this year. As soon as arrived I was hit in the face with colour, the purple and whites were just shouting out at me wanting to be photographed! As I always do before I start shooting I went for a walk around the area so I could see how the light falls on the ground in different areas and to see if there are any interesting compositions that look appealing. The light was a lot better this day, it was first real sunny day that I'd seen in the last couple of weeks and it was a real sign to me that winter was over and spring had begun. I used all my lenses on the flowers, constantly trying different techniques to get the most out of these beautiful flowers but I especially enjoyed getting the extension tubes out and getting nice and close to some of the flowers.
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