Monday, May 15, 2006

Macro Mondays - Tiny Wildflowers


Blogger micki said...

I need more cash. I thought I was done for awhile, that maybe the next big move would be into medium format. Then I thought about some portraits I’m going to be taking for a friend who just had a new baby. I thought that an 85mm lens would be nice. A nice prime lens, not as wide as the 50mm, and wider than my 105mm portrait. So, I pulled out my wishbook…the B&H Photo and Video catalog for 35mm camera users. The one that’s as thick as a major city’s yellow pages. The one with my drool stains all over it. Minolta 85mm prime…$700. WAIT!! What’s that next to the 85mm prime??? It’s a 100mm portrait lens with three different blurring settings. Do tell?? *Wipes mouth and reads on further-I can set the amount of blur around the subject. Oh sure, I have a soft spot filter that does the same thing and works quite nicely; but I want this lens. Cost…$700. I wonder what I can sell around here? *thinks -- Stay at home mom, five kids, hmmmm. Most of the furniture is from Wal-mart. I really like my drums. No fancy electronics. Shoot, we don’t even get cable out this far and we have too many trees to get a satellite dish. I’m out of luck for now. Some day, though…

You all are good! Yesterday’s shot was a macro of one of my blue ribbon awarded chocolate chip cookies. I make them at least every other week. I’ve had to increase the batch size as the children grow. My son eats so many as they come out of the oven. Well, isn’t that what being a five year old boy is all about? This boy eats from the time he wakes up until an hour before bedtime. He’s so lean, and all muscle. When he hits puberty, we’re done for. He was in the fridge yesterday eating from the stick of butter on the door. :p

Thank you so much for all the Happy Mother’s Day wishes yesterday! If I didn’t have dial up, I would thank everyone daily via e-mail for all of your wonderful and helpful comments. They are always appreciated.

This is another little bunch of wildflowers that grows around the yard. (Some details lost in my scan work, but the York Labs scan was too light again and kind of drab looking.) These little guys were so tiny, and yet perfectly formed. As a matter of fact, all the wildflowers look much better than anything I’ve planted this year. Something is digging up my flowers as I plant them and tossing them aside. I’ve given up again this year. Just too many wild critters when you live in the woods that think of a flower garden as a salad bar.

Camera - Konica Minolta 70
Film - Fuji HQ ISO 100
Shutter Speed - 1/250
Aperture Setting - f-2.8 Aperture Mode
Lens - Minolta 50mm macro lens
13 and 21mm extension tubes on lens
Scanning Method - My Scan on my cheap HP Officejet 5510v all in one

8:13 AM  
Anonymous Mask said...

i applaud your doggedness.

9:33 AM  
Anonymous eterisk said...

The choclate chip cookies must be very good to be awarded :)
I like the tone and contrasts in this flower picture.

9:37 AM  
Blogger Laurie said...

Could be rabbits...they love to eat our bulbs.

These are lovely wildflowers.

9:58 AM  
Anonymous Otto K. said...

Oh, B&H Photo is a dangerous side-track for me, too. :-)

I really like the contrast and lighting in the macro.

10:04 AM  
Blogger Natalie said...

I like the photo. I have to admire your determinination. I don't know many people who would go to all the trouble to scan their photos each time to post on the web. I can commiserate with you being a SAHM. Hubby got me subscriptions to two photomags for mother's day and I've been drooling over all the adds and dreaming about all the fun stuff. My camera is not even an SLR.

10:42 AM  
Blogger Sandy said...

Tell me about it! My want list is way larger than my paychecks.

10:47 AM  
Blogger Azhar said...

Lovely macro : love that you blurred out the other half : GREAT SHOT!

1:00 PM  
Anonymous Ashish Sidapara said...

Nice macro, love the blur.

1:22 PM  
Anonymous Suby said...

I always love your words, they soo make me laugh when I read them :) however, I know the klove yopu have for ff ff ff ffilm (can't even pronounce the word), but girl you need to join the new millienium and go digital. You take some wonderful shots don't get me wrong by drolling over anything film just makes me wonder why (okay I am a geek and anything that is not electronically controlled baffles me as does 35mmm cameras.

Anyway to the shot. Looking at it from a distance it is a lovely shot, however, I enlarged it and there is too much dust, pollen or whatever all around the image that it distracts.

The lighting is cool but the DOF is too shallow.

Oh well my 2 cents :)

1:58 PM  
Anonymous 19 Seconds Of Spring said...

Nice macro work once again...

2:42 PM  
Blogger photo-effe said...

great macro shot

3:59 PM  
Anonymous johnz said...

subtle shot, nice

4:50 PM  
Blogger Jerry said...

nice pic. i'm gonna be not able to post for a while. see ya.

5:33 PM  
Anonymous clarence said...

we all need more $$$, nice macro!

8:09 PM  
Blogger Sidney said...

I need cash too ! ;-)
Strong image!

8:10 PM  
Anonymous Jide Alakija said...

Medium format???? WOAH!!! Slow down! Intersting shot.

8:27 PM  
Anonymous outdoorexposure said...

i like hi-light against the dark tone of background...really beautiful composition and dof, really unique shot:-)

9:24 PM  
Anonymous Chris Loudermilk said...

You need to sell prints to raise cash. Killer shot today.

9:51 PM  
Blogger Jill said...

This is a great macro! Not easy... especially if there's a breeze.

10:42 PM  
Blogger pam n said...

great shot. like the composition and the blur.

11:09 PM  
Blogger Dave MacIntyre said...

Beautiful macro!!

I know the pains of looking at lenses...I'm been deciding on a new Canon lens....most of the one's I REALLY want are in the $1400.00 range...ouch!

11:14 PM  
Blogger Stardog Champion said...

I love this kind of shot. So simple and uncluttered, but anything but simple to take. Beautiful work!

1:19 AM  
Anonymous MikesRightBrain said...

Wonderful posting; I love the macros!

2:14 AM  
Anonymous sil said...

Lovely shot and nice tones. Well done!

2:38 AM  
Anonymous AG said...

Wildflowers are just magic and your image somehow captures the sheer cheek of this little thing.

2:51 AM  
Anonymous John said...

It sounds as though you are kept busy, so it's good you find time to do all the shots and blog. The Sigma 105 mm macro should not be a bad baby portrait lens!
Nice wild flowers.

3:53 AM  
Blogger frame of mind said...

The skinny seasonal B&H catalog arrived here just the other day - "Oh look, B&H is dangling the carrot again." I suppose it reaches a point where the objects of our quests are so prohibitively costly that the temptation sort of takes care of itself, eh?

Each one of your flower macros is a testament to your patience and determination :-)

7:07 AM  
Blogger Legabal said...

Great flower macro.

12:53 PM  

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