Tag Archives: Macro

Bees

29 Jan

Pottering in the garden this afternoon and I noticed the leek flowers were covered in bumble bees.  After a quick dash inside for the camera I came back to find only one bumble bee left, but plenty of honey bees.  These are the best shots, with both my 12-40 zoom and my 60mm macro.  I’m loving the detail I was able to capture.

Ferns

11 Jan

The back door of our house faces south-east, the top half is glass and I have a hanging fern garden decorating it.  It seems that I have managed to cultivate some very happy ferns.  This morning the sun shining through the ferns inspired todays photo.  There is a new frond curling up, almost ready to open.  I haven’t quite captured what is in my minds eye but it’s a start.

Gone to Seed

3 Jan

In the garden it seems that I have the best success with plants going to seed.  Italian Parsley is the best at this, plant it one week, seeding the next.  At the moment I have some neglected spring onions and leeks.  Neither returned much of a crop that I was able to cook with but both are now producing the most amazing seed pods which gave me the perfect opportunity to bring out the 60mm macro.

I stated out watering my lemon with my camera in hand with the 12-40 pro lens in place.  I wanted a photo to prove that my lemon tree is producing fruit, even if it seems the wallabies are eating it before it ripens.

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Then I noticed the leeks have rather attractive seed buds just starting to bloom.  As I was shooting this bug came in to land and stayed long enough for me to get a focussed shot.

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Original shot with 12-40 Pro

 

I’ve been teaching myself LightRoom, I’m not sure what I’m doing and welcome any feedback on this cropped version of the previous photo.

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Crop

 

I decided to see what the difference in photo ‘quality’ was using a specific macro lens with my tripod.  This is a different pod that was closer to the ground and easier for me to shoot with my tripod setup.  I have quite a few photos where I varied focal point and depth of field.  Of course half way through my experiments a slight breeze came up.  So my focus bracketing attempts aren’t stacking very well.

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This spring onion flower caught my eye and it was interesting to see what effect physically moving the camera gave to the shot.

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This is where I was hoping to have some success with focus bracketing, unfortunately the breeze was just there and created too much movement.

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Macro Depth of Field

2 Jan

A quiet few minutes today gave me a chance to experiment with depth of field on the 60mm Macro lens.  The first shot is at f14 and the second is f6.3, this is something I would like to explore further.

©2017 Cathy Craig

f14

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Macro Flowers

10 Oct

I spent a bit of time today pottering with my container garden.  Filling pots with colour, planting a few new plants and generally having fun playing in the dirt.  Of course the next step after planting flowers is to take photos of them.

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Playing with macro

14 May

Another day to play with my macro lens.  Trying to work on focus and depth of field.  I like these two shots, it’s not always about being as close to the subject as possible.

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Mixing it up.

4 Feb

I started today playing with macro shots again.  Verdict?  Need to use a tripod.

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Tonight I had another session with full moon shots.  Cloud free tonight, but I’m not sure how how I got the ghost green moon.

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When I pointed the camera towards the sunset I found better shots – I think.

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