Echinacea with bee © Steven Willard

Just outside the front door Chris has planted a few perennial flowers, plants that don’t require too much attention. So every year we are treated to a show of echinacea, more commonly known as cone flowers. The bees like them too.

Olympus OMD EM1 Mk II with Olympus 60mm f2.0 macro lens, processed in PS Express, Formulas, and Snapseed.

Japanese Maple

Japanese Maple ©Steven Willard

Just outside our front door is Japanese maple which we planted soon after we moved into our home. At the time it was only about three feet tall. Now, some twenty-two years later, it stands well over my head and its branches arch over the walkway to our door. It’s hard to believe how much time has passed, but here is living proof.

Panasonic GX85 with the little Olympus 9-18mm lens, processed in PS Express and Snapseed.


Water tank, Woodbury, Ct © Steven Willard

I have come back to this subject several times for reasons that evade me so far. I know it is partly because of the fine detail of the pine needles, and partly the texture of the concrete water tank. I also like the ambiguous nature, the mystery if you prefer. There is a touch of the Japanese style, sparse simplicity that also pleases me.

Panasonic GX85 with the Panasonic 20mm f1.7 lens. It just so happens that this focal length comes very close to the equivalent of an 80mm lens on 6X6 cm such as the Hassleblad I used to shoot with. Processed in PS Express and Snapseed from the GX85 black and white jpeg file.


Yellow Hibiscus © Steven Willard

On a cloudy day in July, Chris and I were looking for a flowering pot to place by our front door. In the process, we passed this hibiscus plant, perfect in the soft light. It was only a moment to change the lens for the handy little 60mm macro and four quick exposures.

Olympus Pen F with Olympus 60mm f2.8 macro, processed in Lightroom on the iPad Pro.

Hostas III

Hostas III © Steven Willard

Well, I hadn’t intended to do a series on hostas, but as I think about it, why not? I was having a difficult time finding subjects, and here is something that simply presents itself, and it is right outside my door.

Olympus OMD EM1 MkII with the Zuiko 60mm f2.8 macro, processed in Snapseed.


Hosta © Steven Willard

I was ready to leave the house for a day of photography: camera gear was in the car and I was ready to lock the door when I noticed the shaft of light on the tip of a hosta leaf. It was only a few minutes to grab the camera and make a few exposures before I was on my way again. It was ironic that when I got back at the end of the day they were the only images I wanted to keep.

Olympus OMD EM1 MkII with Zuiko 60mm f2.8 macro, processed in PS Express and Snapseed.

Lilly of the Valley

Lilly of the Valley © Steven Willard

Finally! We are having some proper Spring weather and I have been trying to get out and enjoy it. I grabbed the Olympus 60mm f2.8 macro lens and mounted it on the OMD EM1 MKII. I processed the file in PS Express and Snapseed then added some filter effects in Stackables.