Intimate Landscape

Scarlet Elf Cup Fungi


ISO 400 f / 2.8   1/50


I used my 24-70mm Tamron lens.  Since my chosen theme of close up landscape, I now wish to buy a true macro lens.   I felt restricted of how close I could get to the fungi.  Despite the lens' limitations, the advantagous shallow depth of field of f /  2.8 has produced very pleasing results.

TurkeyTail Fungi


ISO 400 f / 4.0  1/60


What stands out in this photograph is the muddied waters beneath the fungi.  The browns within the turkey tail fungi compliments the muddied waters.

The water was clear before my dog decided to play and disturb the current.

Turkey Tail Fungi


ISO 400  f / 2.8  1/80

I took advantage of the contrasting colours within this fungi.  The white tipped edges create a brilliant contrast and texture against the blacks an browns.  The green moss peeping through the folds represent growth and a fresh feel.  The blade of grass protruding through the fungi has a tiny bead of water moisture at the tip.  


The shallow depth of field used has created a subtle bokeh in the background 

Turkey Tail Fungi


ISO 400  f / 2.8  1/60

An alternative name of Coriolus versicolor and Polyporus versicolor, which means several colours.  

This image was taken mid day, no filters used and from an elevated position.  I love the random leaf that has landed in the middle of the fungi, trying to fit it.  I had looked at this image over 20 times before noticing that leaf.  The patterns and textures keep my attention.

SpoiltWood Fungi


ISO 320  f / 2.8   1/1000

This photograph was originally taken in portrait orientation.  Which meant it did not flow as part of the set with the others being landscape orientation.  It was a strong favourite because of the bokeh at the foreground and background.  In experimentation I rotated the image and found that it worked well in landscape, which then flowed within the set of 10.

Heterobasidion annosum



ISO 200  f / 2.8  1/1000 

When I zoom in on the moisture beads sitting under this fungi, they are pin sharp.  I am very pleased with the blend of bokeh and crisp sharp areas in such a small space captured in this image.

The results are very pleasing considering  non macro lens was used.

Flat Bull Thistle Weed


ISO 200  f /2.8  1/200

This was taken on a frosty winter morning, the fine fibres show a keen frost starting to melt.  This standard, every day stingy which we would usually avoid and not stop to look at, has provided a vibrant image.  The pattern and 2D effect, grabs the viewers attention.  Post editing has been kept to a bare minimum, as with the series in this set of Intimate Landscape.   I shoot my images in RAW and JPEG which offers me full scope of editing if needed.

Winter Heather


ISO 400  f / 4.0   1/50

I took this photograph whilst laid on the mountain side.  It was taken during the golden hours on a cold January afternoon.  

I was walking my dogs and had only recently upgraded my camera to full frame.  I was experimenting with a new tamron lens.  I used no filters or UV protection.


In Adobe photoshop camera raw, I used a graduated filter to help control the slight over exposure of the sky.  The editing was kept to a minimum in this Landscape module, as I wanted to reflect my development and a true representation of my images.


Spring Heather

This heather I had passed daily on my way to visit my mother.  This close up is only 5 percent of the heather carpet that thrives over the rocks at the memorial garden.  I posted the pictures I took on their website to thanks the charity gardners that look after the gardens.


This style of picture was inspired by Rhos Hoddinott'.  His image of a flowing carpet of snowdrops.  I aimed to re-create the sweeping wave of flowers from foreground to background.    


ISO 100  f / 10  1/50



ISO 100 f / 2.8  1/1000

Last but not least, the catkins.  Simple, and another example of a shallow depth of field, the dreamy background with silhouettes of related catkins.

The middle catkin has gone out of focus, because it is slightly further set back to the ones on the either side.  This is because the camera is set to a single point of focus.