Monday, May 29, 2006

Macro Mondays -- Mountain Laurels in the Early Morning Light



32 Comments:

Blogger micki said...

I have no idea what yesterday’s object was. I shot it last year doing some tests on dof with my favorite lens. I can tell you this much, it’s from an outside tool, it was on the porch for over a year, and I THINK it was part of our spray nozzle for the hose. You all are so good at guessing my posts that I thought you could help out. I haven’t seen it lying around this year, so I guess my husband (or me, I don’t remember) got rid of it.

Mountain laurels are one of my favorite blooms of the entire year. They are so beautiful, from the tiny buds that first appear sometime in late April or early May, to the wonderful open blossoms that will stay for a long time if we don’t get a heavy rain. Last year’s season was short lived due to rainy weekend, but as we’re in a very dry spell right now, I’ve been enjoying these babies for weeks. They are just now beginning to fade.


I shot these that are growing along side a big maple tree in front of our house. The sun was just beginning to shine upon them. The dark background is due to the extension tubes and the tree bark behind the blossoms.

Camera - Konica Minolta 70
Film - Fuji HQ ISO 100
Shutter Speed - 1/15
Aperture Setting - f-11 Aperture Mode
Lens - Sigma 105mm portrait/macro
13mm, 21mm, and 31mm extension tubes
Scanning Method - My scan from my cheap little hp officejet 5510v all-in-one copy/scanner/faxer/printer

Camera - Konica Minolta 70
Film - Fuji HQ ISO 100
Shutter Speed - 1/45
Aperture Setting - f-5.6 Aperture Mode
Lens - Sigma 105mm portrait/macro
13mm, 21mm, and 31mm extension tubes
Used the white side of my gray card to reflect some light back onto the blossom
Scanning Method - My scan from my cheap little hp officejet 5510v all-in-one copy/scanner/faxer/printer


Camera - Konica Minolta 70
Film - Fuji HQ ISO 100
Shutter Speed - 1/45
Aperture Setting - f-5.6 Aperture Mode
Lens - Sigma 105mm portrait/macro
13mm, 21mm, and 31mm extension tubes
Used the white side of my gray card to reflect some light back onto the blossom
Scanning Method - My scan from my cheap little hp officejet 5510v all-in-one copy/scanner/faxer/printer – cropped out the bottom left corner which had an ugly leaf in it

8:09 AM  
Blogger DAVE (theendofdave.com) said...

I love your macro pix. Nice work. Dark, I love dark

8:30 AM  
Blogger Stardog Champion said...

These are beautiful. I love macro pics too. I agree with jeliel: the black background really makes it work!

8:35 AM  
Blogger Laurie said...

I love mountain laurels, they are truly beautiful. These are wonderful shots.

Unfortunately mine only bloomed sparsly this year.

8:40 AM  
Anonymous Marius Muscalu said...

last one is my favorite...

9:03 AM  
Blogger Nicola said...

Really beautiful!

9:13 AM  
Blogger [t e r r o r k i t t e n] said...

HI Micki...love this little series of photos...great stuff. I have emailed you a few times over the past few days....can you let me know if you're not getting them!
Phil

9:36 AM  
Anonymous Otto K. said...

Beautiful shots with great lighting, Micki. The black background really enhances the flowers.

I guess it's the day for flower macros. :-)

9:51 AM  
Blogger Don said...

Beautifully pictured. What an addition to your front yard!

10:29 AM  
Blogger Sandy said...

I love macro shots too! I seem to enjoy my macro lense the most:).

10:38 AM  
Blogger Naturegirl said...

Nice series of photos Micki!Macro forgive my ignorance..would that be close ups :) I am learning from you!! I'm just a gal that loves gardening and taking photos :)Trial and error that's how I learn.

11:50 AM  
Anonymous Hendra said...

They are indeed beautiful flowers, Micki. I love macro too and used to use the Sigma 105mm macro lens on my Minolta Dynax 5 before I switched to Canon.

11:52 AM  
Blogger Natalie said...

These are beautiful. The third one is my favorite.

11:58 AM  
Anonymous suresh said...

Nice macro micki. I love the second shot & black background

1:24 PM  
Blogger Azhar said...

Fantastic shots : 1st one being my favourite, it has some great composition.
GREAT GREAT SHOTS!

2:29 PM  
Anonymous Ashish Sidapara said...

Nice lighting and good contrasting images.

2:33 PM  
Blogger Dia said...

Very beautiful, wonderful shots! :)

3:12 PM  
Blogger Timmybomb said...

I love these photos. The lighting is perfect. I've got to learn to get up early in the morning. At least once a week.

3:16 PM  
Anonymous Jeff said...

When I lived in New Hampshire awhile back I had mountain laurel growing in my yard. Your splendid photos bring it all back to me now.

3:24 PM  
Blogger Dave MacIntyre said...

Really beautiful shots Micki.

4:14 PM  
Anonymous Olivier said...

Great shot!! The 1st is really my favorite.

5:16 PM  
Blogger Jill said...

Love this shrub! My parents laurel was in bloom this week and have lots of shots. Great macro!

5:49 PM  
Anonymous david said...

lovely pink colours Micki! cheers

7:06 PM  
Anonymous alan said...

Super images... I particularly love the shapes. Nicely accentuated by the dark background.

7:22 PM  
Blogger Carlos said...

I like the soft delicate tones. They almost look like candy, with this curious shape. The light is perfect too.

8:04 PM  
Anonymous outdoorexposure said...

beautiful flowers, i never seen it before....i like color contrast and composition:-) look like u got a lovely sunlight...the colors r vivid...nice capture:-))

8:36 PM  
Blogger Fraser said...

What perfect lighting for thie mountain laurels.

9:18 PM  
Blogger Shilpa said...

I have been following your blog ever since I saw you posting on japanwindow. Lovely pictures!

11:38 PM  
Blogger Lore said...

beautiful macros!!! ohh, Micki, i love your work!!! great shots!!!

2:29 AM  
Anonymous AG said...

Lovely softness to these studies, Micki. Many macro-workers try for the cell structure and miss the flowers altogether !

3:20 AM  
Anonymous àsìkò said...

beautiful shots

5:54 AM  
Blogger frame of mind said...

I especially enjoy the middle shot here - the dark background is just right, and the subtlety of light play on the blossom surface is quite tasty. Not to mention that it looks a bit like popcorn :-)

7:03 AM  

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