A New Photographic Toy?

Saturday 1490 – 7th January 2012

Last weeks post Portrait of my Mother was mostly pretty serious.  This week it’s about the sheer joy of photography again. I have a new photographic toy to add to my ever-increasing collection – a tripod.  As I mentioned last week my friend Darren helped me choose one on New Years Eve when I was in his and his wife Lisa’s photographic studio Puttyfoot .

For you photographic geeks out there it’s a Manfrotto, one of the compact series, and it fits perfectly on the side of my ultra cool Lowepro 202 slingshot camera bag ( said very tongue in cheek. ) It is a great bag though and really works well for me. ( Apologies to the men following this blog but girls just check out the man in their ad  . Ho hum ! )

Actually it’s not a toy but an absolute necessity now that I have a macro lens. I’ve never had one before and here’s a confession which will make my photography friends groan or laugh I’m sure. Some years ago if I saw someone taking photographs using a tripod, maybe in a garden or some other beautiful place, I’d think “Oh for goodness sake don’t be such a poser” or something similar.  Now people will be able to think that about me ! There is a time and a place for using one and that time is when you want to use macro when the smallest bit of movement will affect the photograph.

So off I went at lunchtime to Cambridge University Botanic Garden to try it out. I joined up to become a friend  of the garden so will be able to go back often with my camera to record how the garden changes. Quite excited by that idea.

I did enjoy myself and the time just rushed past. Unfortunately I made the classic error of not charging the camera battery before I went out and I don’t have a spare yet so had to stop before I was ready 😦  So a spare battery will be another thing to buy ? My  photographer friends tell me there is always something else to buy when you get into photography in a more serious way and I am finding that out.

Below are a couple of photos of tiny seed husks from plants that were either dead or had died down for the winter.  Beauty even in dead things.. or maybe especially in dead things.

I’ll be posting one on Photomania  later and I’m sure there’ll be more over the next couple of weeks 😉

Saturday girl is off  ’til next week.. probably be back to something more serious then ! Who knows.

29 comments on “A New Photographic Toy?

  1. ajaytao2010 says:

    I Nominate you for the One Lovely Blog Award. Please accept & oblige.

    Please the link below & follow instructions.


    • Helen Cherry says:

      I thank you for your kindness Ajay but as you will see from the comment below and also if you look above the tags link to the right you will see that I do not accept awards. It was very nice of you to think I might deserve one. 🙂

  2. David Hall says:

    Would you mind if I copied your ‘No Awards’ image Helen. Like you, I am appreciative of fellow bloggers just visiting my blog.

    • hellenjc says:

      Not at all David. I know people mean well and it is lovely of people to nominate but I think it would make me a bit embarrassed if they did. It does seem a bit like a chain letter sometimes when I read that people have been given it several times ( ps if you did want to make your own it’s quite easy to do in Paint 😉 )

  3. David Hall says:

    When you start using a tripod, a whole new photographic world opens up. The very next photo toy should be a remote release that plugs into the side of your camera. I apologise for not previously reading your blog Helen, I thought that I was already following and would therefore be informed by email of your new posts.

    • hellenjc says:

      You don’t need to apologise David 😉 I just have the timer set on the camera so pretty much does the same thing doesn’t it? next toy is a wide angle lens 😉

  4. I confess to being unorthodox: only rarely do I use my tripod. All the macro (and other) photos that have appeared in my blog were taken with a hand-held camera:


  5. I love that – “the sheer joy of photography”! My creative commitment this year is to learn and explore photography more. I’m finding this phrase to be true. -Abi

    • hellenjc says:

      I absolutely love taking photos Abigail but I am so hopeless with all the depth of field and ISO and all that stuff. I just HAVE to pay more attention to the technical side!

  6. Oooh I visited Cambridge University when I was in England but didn’t have the chance to see the botanical garden. Nice shots!

  7. Miles Long says:

    Love the macro work… I love my macro lens! I am ready to try a new camera bag and I watched the Ad you provided a link to…. looks like a great bag!!

    Thanks for visiting my blog, too!

  8. winsomebella says:

    A macro lens is next on my list. Love what you’ve done!

  9. Love my macro lens! I don’t love my tripod as much, but it’s a necessary thing. 🙂 Have fun!

  10. totsymae1011 says:

    Never saw withering flowers look so beautiful.

  11. puttyfoot says:

    some fantastic shots here Helen well done, your photography is going up a notch or two, love your work x

  12. The man in the ad….”Photographic Toy Boy”? Oh, and beautiful photos too.

  13. I keep on forgetting to bring my small tripod with me … and keep on telling myself how stupid I am when I realized that some of my macro pictures are blurry or not focus where I wanted … Grrrr
    And I have no excuse it’s a rather small one that I can easily carry with me …
    I love your pictures !!

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