Monday, July 31, 2006

MACRO MONDAYS -- Black-Eyed Susan Bud


Blogger micki said...

Yesterday’s image was exactly as Paul said, “It's one of those fungi that grow on the sides of decaying trees.” Quite pretty, wasn’t it? He’s also responsible for leading me to today’s Photo of the Day, which isn’t really a photo, but really good for a laugh, and who couldn’t use a laugh on a Monday??

ImageShack photo for now until Blogger fixes whatever isn’t allowing me to post a photo today.

OK, the girls are on a four-week break from their school work, so I should have some extra time that I will use wisely. One of the “fun” things I want to do with my free time is to make sure I bookmark all my regular stops (and you know who you are) over at So, if I haven’t bookmarked you yet, you will be by the end of the month!

Today’s shot is just a little test shot. I’m trying to get better with my extension tubes. I’m learning a lot. One, I think I might need one of those magnifier thingies for the viewfinder on my Konica Minolta 70. Two, extension tubes really, really cut down on the dof, so I’m stopping down more. Three, when you’ve stopped down so much, you’d better use the timer or remote on your camera to trip the shutter, and Four, I think I might need one of the magnifier thingies for the viewfinder on my Konica Minolta 70.

Camera - Konica Minolta 70
Film - Fuji HQ ISO 100
Shutter Speed - 1/6
Aperture Setting - f-16 Aperture Mode
Lens - Sigma 105mm macro/portrait lens
13, 21, and 31mm extension tubes
Scanning Method - My scan from my cheap little hp officejet 5510v all-in-one copy/scanner/faxer/printer

Things I’m Thankful to Cliff For… Getting us a puppy (that later grew into a horse.)

10:19 AM  
Anonymous Roger said...

Nice shot Micki. I need to try some macro shots.

10:58 AM  
Anonymous Otto K. said...

Cool shot. Love the hairs on the bud and the colors.

11:28 AM  
Blogger PlasticTV said...

Very pretty shot with the oblique lighting and great composition, too. If only the scan quality is better...

12:48 PM  
Blogger PhotoSam said...

Very pretty....7/10...background looks a bit dirtyish and doesnt give the desired "focus only on the bud" effect

1:19 PM  
Anonymous Laurie said...

Fabulous shot! The details are so clear. It opened up overlapping the text though...I think blogger is a little messed up.

1:23 PM  
Anonymous Ashish Sidapara said...

The Great Photographers on the Internet article has been making waves in the blogging community and its worth and i guess everyone should read it ;-) Nice macro!

1:24 PM  
Blogger Paul said...

Micki, a lovely bud. If I didn't know any better, I'd say that it was Spring! :-)

Hooray for me! I got one right!!!

1:43 PM  
Anonymous Sinem said...

Beautifully captured!
With the girls at home, I am wondering how much free time you'll have on your hands honestly. Do keep us posted.

2:46 PM  
Blogger micki said...

OK, I was able to replace the ImageShack photo with a regular upload.

3:07 PM  
Anonymous Karl Baumann said...

Nice composition and colors, I love green so much. A couple of years ago I had a "green-phase" :-)
Looks kind of hairy

3:48 PM  
Anonymous Crash said...

nice macro shot!

4:12 PM  
Blogger Don said...

Very fine macro shot. I really like the detail and coloring. Fine job.

7:03 PM  
Anonymous Solaria said...

Nice detail with this, looks like you're coming along well. Hope you and the kiddoes enjoy the four weeks off. Mine go back to school very soon!!

10:27 PM  
Blogger Dave MacIntyre said...

Very nice shot! It has an alien quality to it that I very much like!

10:49 PM  
Anonymous outdoorexposure said...

lovely detail..i like green tone with spiking hair...nice closed up shot:-))

11:03 PM  
Blogger manju said...

Nice macro shot ! The details are clear.

11:32 PM  
Blogger Vidya said...

wow ! nice one !

11:37 PM  
Anonymous AG said...

Your ‘Photo of the Day’ link should be compulsory reading for us all : a long stare into the mirror an be quite telling.
But . . the little bud is a delight and I so admire your recognition of the learning curve you see yourself upon with the 'tubes.

11:44 PM  
Blogger Chris Fry said...

Excellent macro Micki.

1:04 AM  
Blogger bkphotography said...

I have to say I really like your "cheap little all-in-one copy/scanner/faxer/printer". I'm not quite sure what to like more, the background or the bud, or the beautiful greens/yellowish tones in there. I think I will admire this one for long, long while.

3:35 AM  
Anonymous jlc said...

I love the great sorts of green here

have a nice day Micki ;)

4:52 AM  
Anonymous ana said...

It was funny ready the comments on the fungus. One comment would be 'something yummy' and the next one would be 'fungus.'


6:22 AM  
Blogger Stardog Champion said...

This is great. Love the details on the flower, and the DOF is perfect here too. Nice work!

9:08 AM  
Blogger Sandy said...

I like the colors in this shot. I too like your scanner. It makes your shots look really old and unique. I'm curious what they would look like on a different one.

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

Who knew a flower bud could look so prickly and menacing? What magic is contained within that deceptive covering!

8:31 AM  
Anonymous suresh said...

Wow.... micki... I have missed lot of your excellent pics. I am extremely sorry for that. Hope now onwards... i will visit your website everyday.

11:46 AM  

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