Garden Jewels

During past weekend I planned to try out a combination of tele lens and macro extension tubes. With this combination the depth of field is still very shallow but it is not one or two centimeters away from the front lens but comfortable ten to twenty centimeters (approximately) away. And while we were going to our cottage I had great chance to try it out.
Even though the garden seemed to be without flowers all I had to do was to take a closer look and suddenly tha garden was full of colourful flowers. Daisies, speedwells, blue and pink forget-me-not, heather are all tiny flowers that are like jewels hidden in grass.

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Here I tried focus stacking technique – focusing on different parts of the main subject and then in post processing combining them together to create image where the main subject is fully focused and the rest is not.
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One more attempt at focus stacking:
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And we finally saw who has eaten all the seeds
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Jewellery Photos

It’s been a long time since I tried something new in photography so I decided to see what will happen if I take photos of jewellery. I set up small 100% DYI studio using and here are the results. Next time when I try this I would like to use some glass that doesn’t reflect the object twice like in these photos but this one was all I had.

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Holidays on Madeira (part 5)

Today’s trip was all around the island od Madeira. Firstly, we started at Ponta de São Lourenço Nature Reserve which is located at the very eastern end of Madeira. Thanks to its geology and unique species of local flora and fauna, this 9km long peninsula has been a protected reserve since 1982. This area is completely different from the rest of Madeira, which is known for its lush greens. Of volcanic origin, Ponta de São Lourenço is mostly basalt and its vegetation shows off a desert-like landscape with spectacular volcanic rock formations.

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From the most eastern point of Madeira we moved to the most northern town – Porto Moniz. This town owes its name to Francisco Moniz, an aristocrat who lived here in the late 16th century. This place is known for natural swimming pools at which were formed by volcanic lava and are naturally filled with crystal-clear sea water.

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On our way back to Funchal we also visited Ponta do Pargo lighthouse which is Located in the most western point of the island. The lighthouse was built on a 300 metres high cliff.

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When Rain is Followed by Sun

April weather is always very unpredictible. One minute it is hailing and the next one the clouds are gone and the sun is shining. This is what was last Monday like here in Prague. When I came home from work, I was quite tired. Then I looked out of window and saw drops of water shining from ends of leaves and grass and I immediately knew it is time to grab my camera (which I keep fully charged with memory cards empty and therefore ready to go in no time) and go out. I suddenly felt full of energy as I enjoyed warm evening when the setting sun lit everything around me.

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“Golden Rain”
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This photo was taken on a different occasion, when I had my camera with me and I saw these beautiful japanese cherry trees (also called sakura).
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First Spring Photos

Spring is the most beautiful season for me. I really like those new light green leaves on the trees and bushes, trees in blossom and various colourful flowers. And the spring is finally here. I enjoyed this first weekend when the weather was sunny and warm just right.

The apricot tree came into blossom recently and it’s branches were covered with white
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Beautiful pink primula.
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And some blue flowers.
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Hoarfrost

When winter begins I am always looking forward to seeing these frosted leaves while they are still green (or any other colour) just like in summer. It’s like these two opposite seasons meet in one moment and I can see the manifestation of both of them. I just hope there will be more days with climatic conditions good enough for creation of hoarfrost.

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