Hey, Santa Baby! What I wanted for Christmas 

Well folks, I hope Santa thought you’d been nice this year. I like to sort out my own gift from so-called Santa, and this year that was a new secondhand lens: a Panasonic 14-140 (28-280 ff equivalent) superzoom for my GX7. I gave it a whirl at Christmas lunch, knowing it’s a compromise lens, but despite it not being very fast, I’m not feeling too compromised in reasonably good light with unmoving subjects, like this Christmas table decoration. As expected, it was more of a compromise with moving people, especially during a flurry of gift unwrapping, but I’m hoping it will be my go-to general lens when light isn’t a problem. 

The Hoarder’s Collection: chainsaw fuel

Folks, I live with a bit of a hoarder: he has grown up with a “keep that, you might need it one day” ethos that many rural farmers have, and it proves useful more often than I’d care to admit! You see, I don’t have a lot of vision, so if I can’t clearly see a use for something right now then I’m likely to move it on. 

Consequently, I sometimes go “garage saling” in our shed when I’m looking for something that might suit my needs. Last night I found some wire crates to cover newly-planted seedlings with (sheep are undiscerning weeders), and spotted this collection of old jerry cans; they looked so appealing, I went back to the house for my camera. 

Panasonic Lumix DMC GX7 with Panasonic-Leica 45mm f2.8. 

Yallakar State Forest: gently waving grasses 

Sometimes you need to see something soothing, so here’s something soothing. 

(I watched most of a PG rated film based on a book tonight that was highly acclaimed and awarded a few years ago; three quarters of the way through I realised that it was causing me sensory overload and distress, so stopped watching. It took a little while to recover.)

Winter Morning Beauty: bejewelled leaf

As I prepared to leave for work, this fallen leaf outside my window caught my eye. I grabbed my camera, with macro lens already attached, on the way out and fired off two shots before getting in the car – this was the second one. 

Panasonic Lumix DMC GX7 with Panasonic Leica 45mm macro lens and in-camera low key filter. Cropped and border applied in Snapseed app. 

My Faithful Companion: caught unawares

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Most of the photos I take of my Italian Greyhound are posed (‘Sit! No, sit please…good dog. Stay…’), but this one I snapped quickly while he was looking the other way.

Panasonic Lumix DMC GX6 with Olympus 45mm f1.8 lens, in-camera Dynamic Monochrome filter. Cropped and border applied in Snapseed app.

The Tiny Life (in my indoor plant’s pot)

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Sometimes you need look no further than your own backyard to find something worth photographing… Or, in this case, my own bathroom, where a tiny toadstool had taken up residence with the maidenhair fern.

Panasonic Lumix DMC GX7 with Olympus 45mm f1.8 lens, in-camera low key filter applied. Cropped and border applied in Snapseed app.