Alongside my usual stuff I’m on a mission to take photos of flowers. It’s part of the latest FotoMission over on FotoBuzz and it’s stretching my creativity somewhat. I’m taking lots of pictures, but nothing that really stands out. These are a couple from today to show what I mean. The composition on the first is ok (or would be if I cropped out the flower head on the far right), but it doesn’t leap out at me. I quite like the second one, but more for the insects than the flower. I need to try something else.


White butterfly on yellow flower


Hoverflies on wild plant

This next one is a little more ‘arty’, but still doesn’t quite capture what I’m after.

wild flower by gravestone

Gravestone and wild flower

I do have an idea about what I’ll post, but I’m keeping that under wraps for now. In the meantime here’s my last FotoMission submission, the theme for this one being ‘action’. It’s a slow-shutter shot of a juvenile herring gull, and a photo I was really delighted to get.

Herring gull taken at 1/15s, f/29, 100 ISO

Herring gull taken at 1/15s, f/29, 100 ISO

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 7D Mark II and EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM lens.

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  1. Darko July 16, 2015 at 1:49 pm #

    You know what they say about photographing a flower, it is like a sunset, every one is beautiful 😀
    I like that gull photo, the way a head and eye is clear while everything else is a blur!

    • Words July 19, 2015 at 8:45 pm #

      Darko, believe me I’ve found some fairly grim looking flowers while doing this project! I’m really not sure I enjoy photographing them… there’s nearly always too much clutter in teh way (other flowers). 😉

  2. Aurora J Stone July 16, 2015 at 5:33 pm #

    The gull shot is spectacular, Look forward to the mystery post.

    • Words July 19, 2015 at 8:45 pm #

      Aurora, thanks! The gull hovered slightly before landing, which was perfect for what I was after.

  3. Andy July 19, 2015 at 12:26 am #

    The gull photo is creatively artsy – I like it!

  4. Words July 19, 2015 at 8:46 pm #

    Andy, thanks!