Macro

Reflected Spikes

Reflected Spikes

This is the second photo in this series. This is the same plant as yesterday and the same flower. The angle is different, and that gives a different feel. This time the spikes are much more prominent then yesterday. Click here to view on black.

I like how clear the spikes are.
I like how on some of the drops you can see the cactus reflected.
I do wish the reflected flowers were a little more prominent.

Thanks for visiting today.

~wr~

Reflections

Reflections-1

This summer has been very busy. Work, my daughter getting married, work, my son moving out, work and more work. Today I was finally able to take a break and think about taking some photos. I have been wanting to work on water drop reflections lately. Tonight my wife wanted to go gather some books to donate to our daughters teachers classroom. Right before we were to leave I looked outside and noticed that the last light of evening was perfect. I grabbed my tripod (an adventure in and of itself. I had to locate parts from the relocation of said tripod by my two year old). I put my macro lens on and set out to get the photo set up. These plants are both found in my garden. The cactus is a cold weather cactus and the flower is indian blanketflower. I misted the cactus and then started shooting. Click to view on Black.

This shot would not have been possible without a tripod and a cable release.

The specs:
Iso 200
105mm
f/40
5 second exposure

I did minimal treatment in Lightroom 3 and then published it.

I like the reflections of the flowers in the water droplets.
I like the contrast of the cactus and water.
I like the detail found on the cactus.
I like how many drops are found.
I would like to not have the thorn reflections over the flowers.

Thank you for taking the time to visit today.

I will respond to all comments.

~wr~

Fire Chalice

Fire-chalice

This summer I have had a hard time getting out to take as many photos as I would have liked. It is in part due to commitments at home. A daughter getting married and trying to run my part time business. So today I came up with the great idea to take some macro photos of flowers with water drops on them. I set up for the photos, but it was so windy all day that it was hard to keep the subject in focus and all the good drops that show reflections were blown off the plants before I could set up. This plant is called Fire Chalice and is a favorite with the hummingbirds.

Thank you for visiting today.

Self Portrait


Self Portrait
For the next few weeks as we gear up for our daughters wedding I will post when I can. I think this will be at least a couple of times a week.

This was a fun photo to take. I took some Scarlet Gilia wildflower leaves to my friends studio and we shot a bunch of macro photos. This was fairly easy to do. We placed the leaves in a vase and sprayed them with water. Then I sat down on the opposite side of the table. With the plants in between me and the camera. The blue you see behind the stems is my shirt. I appear upside down in the drops of water.

Thank you for visiting today.

~wr~

Rocks

Rocks

Recently I was at a friends photo lab taking pictures of items that will be used for decoration at my daughter’s wedding. When we finished with the centerpieces we started to play around with these rocks. For this shoot we had several different light sources, no flashes. I wanted a shallow depth of field for this shot so that the rocks on the top would be the focal point, and the rocks that are hidden would be slightly out of focus. Even though this is listed as macro I used my 24-70mm lens set at 60mm. This photo is the perfect example of taking photos of common objects. I like the different colors, patterns and sizes present in this photo. To me each rock has much interest. The best part is that this type of shoot doesn’t have to cost much. The rocks were a total of $1 at the local dollar store.

Thank you for visiting today.

~wr~

Scarlet Gilia

Scarlet Gilia

Yesterday I awoke to a terrible tooth ache I couldn’t figure it out because I had a crown on that tooth. I called a dentist and he met me at his office late yesterday. After the x-ray we found that this tooth still had its roots. So the plan is now to have a root canal performed early next week. This comes with mixed emotions. I want the pain gone, but I hate the needles and sitting in the chair as the drill is moving up and down in my tooth. Well this got me thinking about small things. So today I decided to get out into my yard and take a few macro photos. This photo is the leftover stem from a scarlet gilia flower. The backdrop is bark mulch.

To get this photo crystal sharp it is important to use a tripod and cable release. Having said this I shot this one hand held.

The specs:
iso 400
105mm
f/20
1/250 sec


I like the contrast of light and dark.
I like the patterns on the branch.
I like blacks and color moving around the holes.

Thank you for visiting today.

~wr~

Dragonfly Eyes

Dragonfly-1
Dragonfly eyes

I had a friend text me today asking about the Coyote photo on my website. I took that photo in Yellowstone a couple of years back. He also mentioned the bugs. It got me thinking about spring and warmer weather and again taking photos of insects.

Two summers ago I had a blast taking photos of dragonflies. It seamed that everywhere I went there they were. At first they were a little bashful. They are predators that are quick to move and don’t stay anyplace very long. It seamed that every time I would get close they would move. I developed a technique of moving in close to them with the lens on auto focus and the camera set to rapid fire. I would then start taking photos non stop as I ever slowly moved the lens closer to the dragonfly.

The first photo is the dragonfly as I started to take the photos. The second is when I had moved as close as I possible could get. As long as I was moving slowly towards the bug I was not perceived as a threat. I did not change the settings on the camera or the lens for this shot. The only thing that changed was perspective. Notice how the depth of field gets shallower as you get closer to the subject. When shooting in Macro mode it is extremely important to have your point of interest in sharp focus. The margin for error is literally less than millimeters.

The photo with the black of the eye is the reflection of my lens while the light spot is the reflection of the sun. I shot these photos in full sun. By the time the last photo was shot I was only a few inches from the bug.

This sequence was 15 photos. The two photos above represent the first and the 15th photo. It took all of 3 seconds to shoot. The camera was on continuos shooting mode for the entire sequence.

The Specs:

Iso 320
105mm lens
f/14
1/125 second
Hand held.

I like how the dragonfly looks like it is smiling at me.
I like the huge eyes.
I like the detail on the individual eyes.
I like the look of the nose and mouth.

Thank you for visiting today. Let me know what you think.

~wr~