Monday, June 05, 2006

Macro Mondays -- A Daisy and a Grasshopper


Blogger micki said...

After I dropped my girls off at their recital (it was for the students only), my older son and I went out shooting. The shots I had planned couldn’t happen, because a huge storm rolled in. The streets flooded at one point. In between the storms, I fired off a roll of 120 in the Holga. The mood in town was just too good to avoid. Then we went down to the park to watch the rain and then see the nicest sunset I’ve seen in awhile. It wasn’t spectacular, but nicer than they’ve been.

My daughter went out bug hunting for me so that I could have a model to put on one of my daisies. She found a spot in the yard teeming with baby grasshoppers. She caught one for me, but it hopped away before I could even get it on the daisy. She caught another. This time I chilled him the full 15 minutes. He actually enjoyed the flower and being the subject of my images. After I was all done and cleaning up, he still wouldn’t leave. If it hadn’t been so warm out, I’d have left him the flowers for him to hop around on; but I didn’t want them to droop. After a minute or so, he hopped off the deck.

Camera - Konica Minolta 70
Film - Kodak Ultra Color ISO 100
Shutter Speed - 1/45
Aperture Setting - f-16 Aperture Mode (used a gray card)
Lens - Sigma 105mm macro/portrait lens
Scanning Method - My scan from my cheap little hp officejet 5510v all-in-one copy/scanner/faxer/printer

8:53 AM  
Blogger Jasp said...

wow...I try and try but never get a shot like this.

9:12 AM  
Anonymous Ron : said...

always a great macro! After checking these out, I think I'm going to try a couple of macros today..

9:14 AM  
Blogger Chris Fry said...

Wow Micki. You have the model posed beautifully. What a great image. I love it.


9:35 AM  
Anonymous Ashish Sidapara said...

Lovely colors and a very crisp shot, nice one!

1:01 PM  
Blogger Laurie said...

This is a very lovely shot.

1:14 PM  
Anonymous AG said...

You clearly have a special relationship with these critters which goes beyond the chilling. I am yet to capture one performing as well as this. Great stuff.

3:33 PM  
Blogger Legabal said...

Fabulous captur. A great macro.

4:13 PM  
Blogger Donncha said...

That's an amazing shot! The insect is creepy but the flower is lovely!

5:21 PM  
Blogger bkphotography said...

Once upon a time, there were a daisy called Daisy and her best friend in the entire world Little, a very funny and smart grasshopper. Little would always keep Daisy company, even through cold and rainy days. And Daisy thanked him by inviting him into her home. Days and weeks passed. Autumn became winter, and winter slowly but steadily became spring.

"Daisy, I need to go," Little said one fine day. "It's time for me to enrich my grasshopper-y skills. I will miss you."

Daisy sighed and wiped a small droplet of water away. "Will you come back?"

Little nodded his head, "Yes, I will, but I'm afraid it'll be a while."

Daisy turned her head against the first rays of the sun, suddenly feeling warm and tingly inside.

"Are you going to be okay?"

Daisy smiled, "Yes I will, no matter where you are, I'll be warm in my heart when thinking of you."

So the next morning Little left to explore the world. The air swished around his ears while he was hopping over stones, leaves of grass and other, smaller aninmals. Along the way he made new friends, learned interesting things and improved his hopping. But fine day, Little had been hopping for a few hours and needed a short rest, the grashopper found himself sitting on a stone an admiring a field of tulips.

'Daisy would love the sight,' he thought to himself before realizing how much he missed his best friend.

'I wonder what she is doing right now,' Little sighed and scratched the back of his head a bit.

"Tomorrow," he said to no one in particuliar, "Tomorrow I'll start hopping back."

Plan firmly thought through, Little went to bed early because he was sure he would need all his strength for the long trip.

And again, Little hopped over leaves of grass, stones and other, smaller animals. He said hello to his new friends on the way, smiled and invited them to come visit him some time. Many, many hours later, Litter made it to the field where Daisy lived.

And suddenly, his heart skipped a beat or two. He really hadn't thought about what to say...

"Little? Little, is that you?"

And suddenly, even though the sun had already set, Little felt tingly and warm inside.

5:34 PM  
Anonymous alan said...

I love the texture and light in the white petals... great shot!!

5:51 PM  
Blogger Chris Fry said...


I laughed and laughed when I read bkphotography's story of Little and Daisy. I'm jealous ... wish I could write like that! Well done BK.


8:37 PM  
Blogger Fraser said...

Great daisy; ugly grasshopper; good photograph.

8:49 PM  
Blogger Dave MacIntyre said...

Great shot Micki...way to "convince" the subject to stick around! ;o)

9:08 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

I love both the shot and the wonderful little story from bk. Put a smile on my face:).

10:16 PM  
Blogger Jill said...

Great focus on the daisy head! What an odd looking grasshopper though....I don't think I've seen that kind around here.

good one!

10:40 PM  
Anonymous outdoorexposure said...

lovely detail..the green color and white r great contrast here:-))

10:43 PM  
Anonymous Dave said...

Nice macro, Micki; I think it's cool you got the flower and bug at the same time. I've been thinking of doing a macro every Monday, but I'm probably too volatile to stick to my own program.

11:00 PM  
Blogger Tony said...

wow what a great shot

12:37 AM  
Blogger Lore said...

ohhh, i missed the take a guess... :(, well just rest me to wait until next sunday... Great macro!!!! and is not common to find such kind of insect on flowers!! PRETTY NEAT SHOT!!

2:01 AM  
Blogger Yanik said...

Nice macro...Sharp Shot..and i think its a beautiful lil grasshopper...

2:49 AM  
Blogger Brent Vermilyea said...

Excellent work. Very nicely done, Micki! Cheers, Brent

3:22 AM  
Anonymous navin harish said...

Brilliant shot. I love the details in the flower. Is this digital or film

4:51 AM  
Blogger Wendy A said...

Your macro is great. Good thing that hopper didn't jump right at you. They scare me!

5:39 AM  
Anonymous Briesing said...

Nice shot !

6:03 AM  
Anonymous Suby said...

Hiya Mickiiiiii.. it's the Subster in the house. Yep all married and loved up now, back in the real world and trying to catch up with all. Not easy :)

Now to this shot. Bugs (suby has a phobia of them) so I gues I doubt if I will ever be able to get a shot like this, you went bug hunting, does that mean you touched the critter?? Like triple eeeeecccckkkkkk LOL

It is a lovely shot, maybe I would have liked to see the bugs eyes, scare my self silly a little bit more. All in all very strong shot.


6:49 AM  
Blogger Ash said...

Splendid macro shot, Micki


7:41 AM  
Anonymous John said...

Nice detail in the shot. I think the grasshopper needs to speak to his agent :-)

8:32 AM  
Blogger Stardog Champion said...

This is fantastic! Great details!

10:52 AM  
Blogger frame of mind said...

Just brilliant work!

7:05 AM  
Blogger Azhar said...

WOW.Lovely capture Micki!

8:32 AM  
Anonymous MikesRightBrain said...

What a perfect shot, Micki. Beautiful color and not blown out.

6:28 PM  
Anonymous MikesRightBrain said...

What a perfect shot, Micki. Beautiful color and not blown out.

6:28 PM  

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