Monday, May 01, 2006

MACRO MONDAYS - Buttercups

43 Comments:

Blogger micki said...

Rats, I really thought I’d have stumped you all for a short while yesterday. It was, indeed, a photo of black oil sunflower seeds. Not for my planting needs, but it’s what I feed the birds – and that pesky squirrel. I was inspired by the exact guesses to put on the extension tubes and take quite a few pictures yesterday. Hopefully I’ll stump you when I get the prints back.

It’s Macro Monday. This is a shot I took last week while crawling around the backyard for an hour. The sun was getting high in the sky, and the buttercups were closing up to conserve on moisture. I used my 50mm macro lens at 1:1 with two extension tubes attached…the 13mm and the 21mm. This was a difficult shot with the vertical composition and the flowers being so small and low to the ground. I had my head in the grass. I used my trusty bag of rice (bag #2, the first bag tore open shortly before this shot) as a stabilizer.

Konica Minolta 70 Fuji HQ ISO 100 1/250 f-2.8 Minolta 50mm macro lens ProOptic extension tubes 13mm and 21mm Film Scanned by York Photo Labs

Now regarding my son’s haircut for those who are interested. Going back to the March archives and the photo titled Little Bee Me, is where the story started. This Saturday had been almost seven weeks since his last haircut. He’s used to having a short buzz cut, and the hair was now at a length where hair washings were taking too long and water was running down into his face because of the long hair. He hated it. I also had to brush his hair now, which he hates; and the longer, thicker hair was making him hot when he went out to play. Checking for ticks after he came in from playing was also more time consuming with all the long hair. I kept telling my son that all of these annoyances could be avoided if he let me cut his hair. His little brother got a haircut Monday night and a cup of ice cream as a reward for sitting so nicely for me. This drove my older son crazy. Ice cream is his favorite food. So, I told him all week that if he would allow me to cut his hair, he could have an ice cream cup too. I knew he could understand me, it was quite clear. Saturday we came back home from running an errand and I took out the buzzer just to give it a try before baths. I asked him if he wouldn’t allow me to give him a cut. He kept running back and forth from me to the hall. He acted like he wanted to, but was too apprehensive. Finally, he made me turn the shaver on and put it to his head. I didn’t cut. I warned him that once we started we had to finish. He bent his head down and I buzzed him down the middle of his hair. Then he ran. Daddy ended up having to hold him, and for the most part he did quite well. We were done in about five minutes and he got the coveted ice cream cup. After a bath, (in which the hair washing went as well as I’d been telling him it would) he got to eat all the ice cream he wanted. He was so proud of himself. The look in his eyes was priceless and he was smiling all night. He still needs a trim around the ears with the scissors, but I’ll do that tonight while he’s sleeping. We made a great step forward Saturday night.

8:10 AM  
Anonymous NoWords said...

simple and yet very attractive sublect, lovely DOF, well done!

8:19 AM  
Blogger Naturegirl said...

We appreciate the effort in taking this photo lovely!! You had fun rolling around the dirt we know it!!!

8:30 AM  
Blogger Laurie said...

Lovely shot. So soft and delicate.

It's good to hear that you are seeing such progress with your son. Sometimes something that might seem small to some, can be so huge. Congrats, and I wish more great leaps in the future.

8:38 AM  
Blogger jj said...

beautiful. the second you touch it, lose it...

8:43 AM  
Blogger askme2flashU said...

Hey Micki,
Great shot today. Love the soft colors and the DOF. I just ordered a set of extension tubes for my Nikon N-50. I have some color slide film left over from my trip. Looking forward to shooting some art type pictures, Mike Brown style. ;o}

Make it a great day!

8:46 AM  
Anonymous Otto K. said...

Lovely delicate shot. I have extension tubes on order--should arrive this week I hope.

9:16 AM  
Blogger jane said...

This is beautiful - wonderful focus and muted, soft colours.

9:17 AM  
Anonymous Rolf said...

what a wonderful flower with different focus.

9:28 AM  
Blogger Monterey John said...

Oh my, Micki, that is just about perfect!

10:03 AM  
Anonymous outdoorexposure said...

:-))funny story...remind me when i was little. i really hate getting a hair cut...my mom had to do the same thing, but wt lot of candies:-P btw lovely soft tone in this shot...i like pastel color also:-)

10:49 AM  
Blogger Legabal said...

Intersting story. Fabulous yellow macro.

11:18 AM  
Blogger focusgroupimages said...

Very "Monet"-like photo Micki.

11:20 AM  
Anonymous Gary said...

very nice, they look lovely against that uncluttered background

11:30 AM  
Blogger anoop said...

very pleasant and artistic

11:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice one. I like the DoF and the colour.

Charles
http://ridemypony.com

11:59 AM  
Anonymous Gavin said...

His poor hair! I think you should have kept it long. :P

Love the DOF, really makes it stand out against the background. Perfect. It almost looks like sweetcorn.

12:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

nice colors, nice dof and the background is perfect ;-) good shot micki.
-shaped
http://pixel.shaped.ch

12:35 PM  
Blogger DAVE (theendofdave.com) said...

That is so zen... I love it

1:02 PM  
Anonymous Ashish Sidapara said...

Lovely dof, nice one Micki!

1:08 PM  
Anonymous Jarrett said...

This is phenomenal work Micki! I like the soft focus and generally "high key" feel. Cool depth of field too.

1:17 PM  
Anonymous Jens said...

Soft...thats what I thoght...:) Good work!

1:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice Macro...the DoF is stunning actually...and the tones are really calming and peaceful...just an amazing shot overall.

Philo-Graphious

1:53 PM  
Blogger Laurie said...

Just remembered that I meant to tell you that if you want to know a good alternative to the bag of rice, I found a "Moshi" pillow for about $4 that works really well.

2:57 PM  
Anonymous michael said...

I like the picture, and the words to go with it. You're lucky that even after a struggle you manged to cut your son's hair. My son, who towers a good four inches above me, seems to have produced a thatch that supports a good deal of the local wildlife.

4:50 PM  
Anonymous Brett Admire said...

awesome macro. wish it was a bit more sharp. but still good

6:25 PM  
Anonymous 19 Seconds Of Spring said...

So simple... so beautiful! Nice dof!
Michael

6:50 PM  
Anonymous Jide Alakija said...

Micki this is one of the best I've seen from you ...I love it.

8:21 PM  
Anonymous alan said...

Micki - the DoF and light in this image give a subtleness that is just lovely. Beautiful image!

8:43 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

Very simple and soft. Nice dof and I like the soft focus myself.

9:49 PM  
Blogger Sidney said...

Wow! This a simple image but so powerful! Almost Zen-like.
Great picture!

1:16 AM  
Anonymous jlc said...

I love the concept here too. The colors are good .
Have a nice day ;)

1:40 AM  
Blogger H.O said...

I love this one especally film's tone. nice picture! :)

2:41 AM  
Anonymous johnz said...

baby-anythings are always a good choice

2:59 AM  
Anonymous navin harish said...

Great macro. Nice composition

3:20 AM  
Blogger Lore said...

beautiful colour!!! and the blurry background, looks so delicate!! the first flower also seems as a candle!! great shot!! also a lovely story joining it!! i'm happy to know you had an advance on the flower!! it was a very good idea, the sweet prize!! :D

3:46 AM  
Anonymous AG said...

Lovely softness : speaks volumes more than a razor-sharp view of the cell structure. Here, we see the flowers for real.

4:05 AM  
Anonymous Olivier said...

Great use of DOF!! I love soft colors like these. Great Job !!

5:03 AM  
Anonymous G said...

Great shot - nice and "soft" all the way around. Perfect for flowers. Interested to hear about the extension tubes, as well - I've been thinking a bit about them.

6:00 AM  
Anonymous Mystery Me said...

A wonderfully delicate shot. Lovely colours.

7:10 AM  
Blogger Azhar said...

Lovely shot - love the colours.Beautiful :)

5:11 AM  
Blogger frame of mind said...

Perfectly dreamy - I can smell the lawn :-)

7:02 AM  
Blogger lbastress said...

splendid!

10:56 PM  

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