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I am a Freelance Journalist and Photographer based in Bunbury, Western Australia. My published work specialises in Western Australian travel articles and stories about inspiring everyday people. My passion is photography, writing, travel, wildflower and food photography.
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Monday, 6 August 2018

A walk in the bush with my 50mm lens

On the weekend I had the opportunity to go bushwalking. It really is wonderful to get away from suburbia and be immersed in the clean crisp air and the quietness of the bush. And best of all to take my camera with me. For me this is a great way to forget about, for a time at least, whatever else is going on in the world out there. 


I took with me my 50mm lens for my camera. By taking only this one lens with its fixed focal length I was forced to look at things differently. I couldn't zoom in, and I couldn't take macro photos but there was still plenty I could do. 

Being still winter, the wildflowers haven't opened yet, but the buds are forming and getting ready to burst into flower. The plant below is called water bush - bossiaea aquifolium. It has yellow flowers and the leaves cup any falling rain and shower it on you if you brush past. There was a little caterpillar on one of the leaves.
Below is the Prickly Hakea - Hakea amplexicaulis. Can you see the bud in the middle of the last leaf? The flowers form in the centre of each of those leaves coming up the stem. These will still be a couple of months before they flower.



Below is one of the Banksias. I took this photo from below the tree looking up. Near this tree I spied a new banksia pushing up through the leaf litter.



 More leaves

Don't discount the browns


And looking up. It had clouded over when I took this photo, but I rather like the affect.




 And catching the light



And playing with some creative blur
And photographing into the light.



Do you have a 50mm lens? If you "google" there are lots of places on the net where you can find out more information about using your 50mm lens. Here are a couple I found.

Digital Photography School - 5 Creative Uses for the Super Versatile 50mm lens
 Audreyannphoto - Tips for using a 50mm lens

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27 comments:

  1. What a great bushwalk you guided us through today, Jill, showcasing plants and leaves that those of us up here in the Northern Hemisphere will never come across. I have to hold my hand up and say that ever since getting my iPhone 6S plus my "real" camera sits languishing on my desk unused and virtually unloved.
    Happy MM.

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    1. I've resisted using a phone for photos - though my husband's was handy for facebook on our recent travels :)

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  2. I like the shots. It is always so cool to see how different some of your plant growth is from outs here in Oregon. Thanks for sharing it all with us!

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    1. As I love wildflower photography I always love to see wildflowers in other countries too.

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  3. Jill, You found plenty of texture and color at that focal length. Excellent post. Have a great week. Sylvia D.

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    1. you can always find something to photograph at any length!

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  4. I love taking walks with my point-and-click camera, which makes me appreciate again that I can click crazily away without worrying about the cost of film. :-) I like your mosaic of "brown" photos The images remind me of batiks. I also like the lyrical affect you caught of that tree as the clouds went by overhead.

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    1. Yes I liked that tree pic too when I downloaded it at home. My point-and-click is my go to everywhere camera.

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  5. Jesh - All Seasons7 August 2018 at 09:22

    This week great details of the leaves:) 5mm is the only lens I use, since I'm not a photographer (a phone would give me images to small to paint from!).

    Your son has an important job, Jill. The firefighters are revered in this area, we are so dependent on their work! Know of a book that just came out, written by a retired fire fighter, that he may like to read, The Trump Prophesies, by Mark Taylor (available via Amazon.com) because it gives awareness to the increasing PTSD and suicide among firefighters (of course here in the USA), rivaling its occurrence in the Armed Forces.
    Have a great week, Jesh StG

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    1. Thanks Jesh. It worries me though when he is close to the fires.

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  6. What a wonderful walk, and I love this crisp air (not having to worry about suntanlotion!) Your photos are as ever sublime - I'd like a whole wall covered in wallpaper with them!

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    1. thanks Jo! I want to work out how I can do repeat patterns.

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  7. I love my 50mm as well! Wonderful shots!

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    1. I don['t often just use this lens. I think I should use it more. Lovely to "meet" you today over on your blog. Thanks for visiting.

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  8. Great captures in your walk. My favorite if I were to choose one is the Catching the Light with the trees with white background.

    Peabea from Peabea Scribbles

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  9. Some gorgeous shots. I have a 50mm that I don't use often enough - although I did get it out when we were down in Eucumbene last weekend. I love the looking up shot where the background is almost white, but my faves are the hakea and the gum leaves in the last pic. #teamlovinlife

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    1. Thanks Jo. Yes I think I should take this lens out with me more. It certainly makes you think when you don't have a zoom.

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  10. Beautiful photos Jill. I have no idea what a 50mm even is, but it takes great photos :)
    We certainly are blessed to live in an amazing country, and your close-up shots just remind me of what an incredible creation this world really is. Thanks for sharing xx

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    1. We certainly do live in an amazing country with such huge diverse landscapes. A 50mm is a fixed length lens - no zooming! Thanks for your visit today Sue. It was lovely to "meet" you in blogland.

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  11. A 50mm lens is the one I used most of the time and yes you can be creative with it as you've shown so perfectly. Being in the bush alone with your camera is such a great feeling. I haven't done this in a while. Maybe it's time to head out bush! #TeamLovinLife

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    1. Interesting to read that you mostly use your 50mm lens. When we travel I usually only take my zoon. Or if there is going to be lots of wildflowers I also take my macro.

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  12. I haven't used my 50 mm in a while. I do love how it take great pictures in low light. Stopped using it because with my kids I needed a lens that I didn't always have to back up on and sometimes miss a shot.

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  13. So, I am a phone camera person and have not handled a "real" camera for years … but I enjoy looking through your lens - thanks as always for sharing your talent with us - as such a professional, I bet it took some "courage" to limit yourself to one lens!!

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  14. Hello, lovely scenes and photos from your walk. Enjoy your day and week ahead!

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