Lesser Celandine Ranunculus ficaria


Photographers often say that the best photographs are taken close to home and I have to agree with this.
I would really like to describe how I trekked miles in to a remote ancient woodland and fought off three bears for this image but it would be far from the truth as the location was in the garden. The garden is very wildlife friendly and a section of it in the spring is covered by a yellow carpet of Lesser Celandine.  The celandine is from the Ranunculus family which holds around 600 species including the buttercups. I particularly liked this image with the composition and depth of field.

Canon 5D Mk3 and Sigma 150mm f/2.8 macro lens with angle finder.

Handheld. 1/250s, f/4 at ISO400.

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Following on with a flower theme, image 008 is of an Autumn Ladies Tresses orchid.   The subject was backlit by the sun with the background in shade.  I used a small gold reflector to bounce some light back on to the flower, giving this very contrasty image.

Autumn Ladies Tresses, Spiranthes spiralis, Malvern Hills, Worcestershire, August, 2010.
Canon 1d mk4, Canon 100mm f/2.8 macro lens.

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Image 007 shows a close up of one of the flowers of a Lizard Orchid that I was told about growing next to a main road near Bristol. I love the faces that you can see if you look hard enough! The background was very messy so using a small aperture of f/3.5 I blurred the background.  It helped having a dedicated macro lens as I was using the minimum focussing distance of the lens (28cm) to its fullest, the subject distance being 33cm away.

Lizard Orchid, Himantoglossum hircinum, Bristol, Somerset, June, 2010.
Canon 1d Mk4, Canon 100mm f/2.8 lens.