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Behind The Lens

I took this photo in my garden in Christchurch, I am very much a self taught photographer and I love taking close up photos of anything that shows something the naked eye seems to miss.
I think this was taken in the afternoon as I wandered around my garden to see what new flowers had opened. I didn't have a tripod so was absolutely thrilled that I had managed to hold my camera still enough to capture this photo.
I didn't know anything about lighting when I took this so was really surprised that it turned out so well.
I used my Canon 1000D with 18-55mm lens.
I was so inspired by the colours and the fact that I thought I would see something that I wouldn't normally see with the naked eye. And I wasn't disappointed by the result.
I did very light post-processing, only the levels and brightness just to balance what I had seen with what the photo was telling me.
In my camera bag
I have my Canon 1000D camera, a twin lens kit, hot shoe flash (wish I knew how to use it), macro extension rings, polarising filter a small tripod along and a regular size tripod.
To capture photos like this you need to keep an eye on where the sun is, how the object looks, the type of light, the amount of space you have so you aren't too cramped or in an uncomfortable position for too long. Take a few photos so you have comparisons to be able to pick the best one from.

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