Fly on white flowers

Fly on white flowers

They say the best camera is the one that you have with you. I always have my iPhone with me, but its camera was pretty bad. Apple announced an 8 megapixel iPhone in the shape of the 4S with a much larger lens for things like macro and indoor photography. My walk around Sale Water Park was a test, but this close up of a fly on flowers wasn’t something I expected it to be able to cope with. I was so shocked that a camera phone was able to capture this image that I had to share it.

Chili Peppers at the Market

Chili Peppers at the Market

These colourful chillies were hanging on the corner of the Campo de Fiori, the largest market in the centre of Rome, Italy. European markets are fantastic opportunities for photography, full of people, colourful fresh foods and flowers. In the above photo I used my 50mm prime lens to blur out the distracting background and to focus your attention on the chilli peppers. I am unsure what type of chillies these are, maybe one of you could let us know in the comments below?

Old Boots on Rope

Old Boots on Rope

Harbours are gold mines for photographs with old, discarded ropes and other fishing paraphernalia. I have taken a number of black and white close-up shots of rope which have turned out reasonably well. However I didn’t expect to find somebody’s old work boots lying about like this. I was tempted to move them into a better position for the photo but decided to leave them as I found them and try to make a photograph of them. It does make me wonder if the original owner was the same person who owns the rope?

Earring Display at the Market

Earring Display at the Market

There are a lot of colours here, but if you look closely these are all pairs of earrings on a small display at a market in Rome. There were also dozens of independent earring sellers around the city centre who had displays of jewellery. I thought that the colours and shapes made for an interesting pattern photograph. We even purchased a few earrings as gifts for friends and family, although not from this particular stall.

Oranges on Market Stall

Oranges on Market Stall

European markets are fantastic, combine them with a fast lens to give those silky soft backgrounds and its a photographer’s dream. The above photograph was taken at Campo de Fiori, one of the main markets in the capital. I originally thought that these were blood oranges, but after searching online they don’t seem a dark enough red. Anyone want to comment on whether or not these are blood oranges?