Monday, July 03, 2006

MACRO MONDAYS -- One of Only a Few


Blogger micki said...

Yesterday’s post was, indeed, a Koosh ball. I like to take that little toy and wait around a corner until one of my older daughters is deep in thought (this can take hours.) Then I jump from behind the corner, scream loudly and throw the Koosh ball at them. Oh how they jump and scream!! Luckily I can still out run them. If they do get me cornered, though, there’s always the threat of grounding if they don’t get back to their school work. Ah, the joys of motherhood!

I noticed these teeny, tiny, little blooms one morning while out doing my laps around the yard. Later, when they were in full light, I went out to shoot. Most of the blossoms weren’t opened yet, and I wanted to capture them in both stages. As they were so tiny, I was sure I wouldn’t have but a day to do this. Two weeks later, they still hadn’t opened, and this morning I noticed they were all dried up and black. Pity. This was one of the few that opened.

Camera - Minolta Maxxum 9000 with Motor Drive
Film - Kodak Max ISO 800 (I was shooting hummingbirds earlier)
Shutter Speed - 1/1000
Aperture Setting - f-4 Aperture Mode
Lens - Sigma 105mm portrait/macro lens
13mm, 21mm, 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…. Taking us out for a great breakfast AFTER the long night of fishing…and the restaurant’s restrooms were much nicer than the Porta Potty.

9:05 AM  
Blogger Chris Fry said...

Micki. Aren't flowers just wonderful especially under a macro lens! Lovely shot Micki. That golden colour reminds me of the sun that we don't get to see too much at the moment. Come on summer! Cheers... Chris

9:09 AM  
Blogger Don said...

Very nice macro shot. The golden glow is special.
Some bloggers get tired of seeing flowers, but I think they are like clouds...infinitely changing, always interesting and excellent picture fodder. More flowers....!

9:12 AM  
Anonymous NoWords said...

very nice, micki! way to go!!

9:24 AM  
Anonymous sil said...

Gorgeous light. I love the dof too :)

9:31 AM  
Anonymous Otto K. said...

Beautiful light and colors. Very nice, Micki.

9:33 AM  
Blogger Laurie said...

That is a very sweet tiny flower and the bud echos in the shot are fabulous. Lovely shot here.

10:18 AM  
Anonymous Suby said...

Okay Micki I have to say this, I AM BORED. You take some of the best flower/plant pictures out there, but I love coming here when you mix it up a bit, Having 3 such shots in a row is rather not fair when I know you have such interesting other shots you can post up i.e your posts on 5/30/2006 08:09:00 AM & 5/24/2006 07:53:00 AM to name a very few.

Also since you take pictures with film, you are part of a sadly dying breed and one has to respect your tenacity for maintaining the course, but I am still bored (with having 3 shots in a roll that are all the same in my book) Not much can say to such shots - Good DOF, beautiful flower, bright lights, reminds one of summer and yaddy, yaddy, yadda....

Sorry but that's how the Subster feels looking in here and the Subster always says it as he sees and thinks it :)


10:19 AM  
Anonymous Suby said...

Hey visit and comment on his challenge. :) He needs your comments/guidiance.

10:25 AM  
Anonymous Fantom Poet said...

What a great Macro shot I like the lighting and tight DOF

10:27 AM  
Anonymous Chris said...

Just beautiful! Nice focusing and great color.

10:42 AM  
Blogger Dave MacIntyre said...

The deep colour in this shot is awesome. Great job Micki!

10:44 AM  
Blogger Azhar said...

One of your best macros ever ( I seem to be saying that more now) I love the blur, it feels very good to have that small part in a soft focus and the best really blurred out so softly, I really like.

12:19 PM  
Anonymous AG said...

I don't tire of looking at these flower macros. As Don says, above, no two are the same and, like clouds, there is always something new to offer.

12:24 PM  
Anonymous solaria said...

Beautiful! It looks almost like the flower is reaching out to something.
Nicely done.

12:37 PM  
Anonymous Ashish Sidapara said...

Lovely colors and nice dof, well done Micki!

1:40 PM  
Anonymous Karl Baumann said...

Nice shot. Do you rotated this photo to the right?

1:59 PM  
Blogger Paul said...

I like the shot. The first thing that my imagination saw was an X-Wing fighter out in front and several other spaceships chasing it. I'm not even that big of a Star Wars fan, but that's what I saw. :-)


2:00 PM  
Anonymous Still said...

You've realized a great macro there!

4:08 PM  
Blogger Jasp said...

I find flowers difficult to take, they very easily look just like ...a flower...the challenge being to get an interesting angle or colour on it. I can see why Suby gets bored with flower shots but I think this is a(nother) unusual and different looks almost like a claw reaching out. No creeping intended...just an opinion.

4:45 PM  
Blogger Cool Daddio said...

That has to be a fine looking print. Super macro. The center stripe (artifact?) in the scanned psot made me think of a two page magazine pullout. That would be cool :)

11:38 PM  
Blogger Naturegirl said...

So So delicate!! Like my mom thank you
for the well wish.

11:57 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

I love the color and light in this shot. One of my favorites of your macros. Well done Micki.

1:09 AM  
Blogger Timmybomb said...

Micki! I think this shot is fantastic. Really great. The depth of field, the lighting. Never mind Suby, he has ADD. This is a very different way of presenting "the same old thing".

Now, about the quality. I think it's time to look into cleaning that scanner of yours. Why is there dust all over this image? And what is that line that is always running down the center of your photos?

1:45 AM  
Anonymous John said...

Nice summer macro shot

5:17 AM  
Anonymous jlc said...

nice perspective Micki ;)

6:32 AM  
Anonymous Suby said...

Where is your post for today? :)

7:08 AM  
Anonymous faustina said...

a koosh ball! I used to love those!

I love this shot. You do so well with film, beautiful shot.

7:26 AM  
Blogger Nicola said...

Love the way you captured this! At least this one opened - it makes it a special one. :)

7:30 AM  
Anonymous outdoorexposure said...

i like the patterns and composition here....lovely dof and detail from the macro...great capture:-)))

11:18 AM  
Blogger frame of mind said...

My first thought upon seeing this one was that of some undersea creature jetting away from the camera...

11:15 PM  

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