Sunday, May 23, 2010

Eyes and sun

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The temperatures seem all over the place this year. After the prolonged ice and snow of winter we had a brief warm spell in April followed by May frosts that nipped potato leaves and bedding plants - the latter an unusual occurence in recent years. Now the temperatures are hitting highs that are more usually experienced in July and August, with 27 Celsius recorded in recent days. The cloudless blue sky was enough for me to apply sun screen and a cap, and for my wife to don a straw hat.

Today's photograph is a shot I took of her on a visit to Barnsdale Gardens in Rutland during the hot weather. What caught my eye was the pattern of spots of light that were finding their way through the weave of her hat. It gave an odd but interesting effect, and I decided that a shot of part of the hat and the eyes below would make the most of it. The use of a macro lens is not for any photographic reason - it just happened to be on the camera at the time.

photograph & text (c) T. Boughen

Camera: Olympus E510
Mode: Aperture Priority
Focal Length: 35mm macro (70mm/35mm equiv.)
F No: f5.6
Shutter Speed: 1/250
ISO: 100
Exposure Compensation: -1.0 EV
Image Stabilisation: On