Monday, July 10, 2006

MACRO MONDAYS -- Smiling Bug


Blogger micki said...

Yesterday’s post was the bottom of the leg to my kitchen table. Markings courtesy of my vacuum cleaner from all the years that it was my dining room table and sat upon carpet. My great aunt gave us this old Depression Era table with waterfall chairs when we bought our first home 14 years ago. I hated that table, but it was free. It’s very heavy and the chairs are too, they don’t tip easily. After we started having children, this workhorse of a table developed new value in my mind. It has taken spills, hot canning jars placed on it, numerous carvings and paint and even a small fire started on it last year from a candle. I wouldn’t trade this old table for anything now, it can really stand up to what this family can dish out.

I don’t even remember taking this shot, nor the image of the fly before it that I almost posted. No memory what-so-ever. Sorry for the smaller picture, but most of the details on this little guy were lost in my scan.

Camera - Konica Minolta 70
Film - Fuji HQ ISO 100
Shutter Speed - 1/45
Aperture Setting - f-11 Aperture Mode
Lens - Sigma 105mm portrait/macro lens focused at 1:1 manually
Scanning Method - York Photo Labs’ scan of my negative (My cheap scanner couldn’t do it again)

Things I’m Thankful to Cliff For…. Taking me out on the tow truck runs. We got to go through the weigh station, that was pretty cool.

9:28 AM  
Anonymous tore said...

Good grief! You're getting them to smile for the camera now? I hope you are just telling them jokes rather than inducing the grins chemically. Maybe he thinks that if he just behaves himself, he can escape a worse fate (big white box in your kitchen).

9:30 AM  
Anonymous Jide Alakija said...

I bow my hat at those of you that catch bugs with your macro lenses...these are sooooooo hard! and on film Micki???? How many rolls will you use? Tonnes! Bowing now!

10:04 AM  
Anonymous outdoorexposure said...

nice dof and composition...i like the lime green color in the background...nice capture:-))

11:57 AM  
Anonymous armeen said...

i sometime have shots in my archive that i never recall taking! shhhhh...

nice photo by the way, i might have prefered to see more contrast in the shot :)

12:06 PM  
Anonymous DAVE said...

It does look likes it's smilling. Great shot

12:38 PM  
Blogger H.O said...

Hi Micki
Nice capture and nice moment.

12:52 PM  
Anonymous NoWords said...

nice one micki! well done!

12:56 PM  
Blogger bkphotography said...

Hehe, now that I've tilted my head to the side for quite some time, I can see it. Very lovely! You seem to have a way with bugs, huh? :-)

1:44 PM  
Anonymous Ashish Sidapara said...

Lovely composition and good dof, nice shot!

2:27 PM  
Blogger Natalie said...

I bet when you turn your back he starts dancing a little jig.

2:51 PM  
Anonymous AG said...

I agree with Jide these are not easy shots for the rest of us. But just make sure the thawed Toad doesn’t get within tongue striking distance or that will take the smile off this little face . .

3:30 PM  
Anonymous Karl Baumann said...

Nice. I think I´ve captured his brother here:


3:53 PM  
Blogger Zebigleb said...

Good shot
Not easy to catch this kind of animal
See you soon !

4:43 PM  
Blogger Jasp said...

He looks like a start from "Bugs Life"

4:43 PM  
Anonymous Suby said...

The images you come up with always are lovely, and you take em on film, dang you ARE GOOD :)

Now it takes a lot of patience to snap shots like this. Well done as usual

5:32 PM  
Anonymous Roger said...

Nice shot Micki. I can see him smiling.

7:20 PM  
Blogger Chris Fry said...

Unfortunately I can't see the smile Micki. You will HAVE to get another scanner!! :-) Chris

9:19 PM  
Blogger Jill said...

Love the bug shot!

9:28 PM  
Blogger Laurie said...

Nice pose from this little guy!

10:26 PM  
Blogger Naturegirl said...

YES he is smiling!

11:15 PM  
Blogger Timmybomb said...

I really like the perspective on this shot Micki. I like the way he is looking straight at us. I bet this one looks great at a higher resolution.

1:39 AM  
Anonymous david said...

like the way he's angling to leap out of the screen at any second!

3:46 AM  
Anonymous John said...

Love the story about the table. I suppose we reject a lot of things fot the wrong reasons, not realising the true value. Jiminy Cricket looks happy.

5:13 AM  
Blogger Azhar said...


6:47 AM  
Blogger frame of mind said...

Smiling because it knows that smiling first is a good deal easier than a trip to the deep freeze :-)

11:44 PM  

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