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.

©2017 Cathy Craig

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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Macro and Manual Focus

2 Feb

Today I’ve been playing with manual focus using my macro lens.  Suffice to say more practise is needed.  And the penny has just dropped, I need to increase depth of field.

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The smaller things in life

5 Jan

Landscape is easy in Tas.  Everywhere we go there is plenty to see and snap.  Gorgeous views are not hard to find.  Sea, Sun, Clouds, Mountains, it’s all there if you open your eyes and look.  But what do you see if you look a little bit closer?  Did you look at yesterdays sea of green and notice the tiny hint of pink?  Did you wonder what it was?  Perhaps you thought it a piece of the flotsam and jetsam of life?  What if I told you it was actually this?

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Yes, that boring sea of green has the amazing little pink flowers that the bees love.  They close up in the shade and at night, but in the morning sun they open up and reveal themselves and more importantly feed the bees 🙂

A little further up the yard is another clumping boring green plant.  As kids we used to pluck these flowers and pull the petals off chanting “he loves me, he loves me not“.  But look what you see if you take the time to really look at these shy little flowers, there is something about the centre of this flower that really appeals to me.

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Next there is this baby.  The actual flower is about 1cm across.  They are littered across our yard – no green suburban lawns for us.  Such an easy little baby to ignore.  But if you look at this one at 100% you see so much, even a couple of strands of spiders web I think.

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Finally, head on up to the garden arch.  Take a seat on the chair and take a deep breath.  Jasmine, every garden should have this growing.  A prolific grower when it gets lots of water, in my dry old garden it has slowly developed and has not taken over.  I love this plant simply because of it’s tenacity.  It has been treated with neglect and yet it still survives.  Now it’s big enough to flower but not so big that the scent is overpowering.

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