Monday, August 21, 2006

MACRO MONDAYS -- Flower Bud in Evening Light


Blogger micki said...

What you saw in yesterday’s Take a Guess shot was my red Toyota Sienna parked at our local Sonic drive-in burger and shake joint. We took a drive out one Thursday night during the most horrendous storm. The lightning was intense and the rain was extremely heavy. I almost turned back, but we went on. We got to Sonic for ice cream, and the skies started to clear, even though the lightning continued. So, dodging the water that was still dripping from the overhangs, I grabbed a couple shots of the crescent moon while the kids finished their ice cream. You can visit Sonic’s web page here: I can, and often do, make a meal out of their onion rings and a vanilla shake.

Today’s image was a test shot. I wanted to see how much depth of field I could get with my 105mm macro lens with the three extension tubes on. The lens is not stopped all the way down for this shot, it has three more stops to go (all the way to 45.) The shot I took after this one (not a great composition, so I’m not posting it) was shot at f-32 and showed no more dof than this shot I’m posting today. So, now I have my answer, with the three extension tubes, I will not have macro shots with this lens that show focus all the way through the frame. Good to know.

And there’s good news. A new botanical garden opened up in Williamsburg two weeks ago. Now I won’t have to make a drive to Norfolk to shoot lots of flower images. The family has been forewarned that mama is making a drive very soon…alone.

Camera - Konica Minolta 70
Film - Kodak Max ISO 400
Shutter Speed - 1/8
Aperture Setting - f-22 Aperture Mode
13, 21, and 31mm extension tubes
Lens - Sigma 105mm macro/portrait lens
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… Understanding Mom.

9:26 AM  
Blogger PhotoSam said...

Beautiful shot and a pretty perfect macro gets a 7.75/10

9:30 AM  
Anonymous Paul said...

Micki, that's a lovely shot, especially with the soft light touching the flower.

Wow! What a crusader, going out in the thunderstorm to take pictures! :-)

By the way, we have a red Toyota Sienna, as well. It's 2005, we bought it brand new. It already has 24K miles on it and it's 1 year anniversary isn't until next week! :-) We tend to travel a lot and most of our trips are under 400 miles!

9:48 AM  
Blogger Ash said...

Very beautiful!

9:55 AM  
Anonymous suresh said...

Excellent shot. I love the colors and DOF here.

10:14 AM  
Anonymous Robert said...

Interesting experiment. It's very sharp through the DOF you have.

10:18 AM  
Blogger Don said...

A fine macro with great colors. Interesting result with all your extension tubes.

10:51 AM  
Anonymous david said...

a fine shot: lovely colours - i like the way this flower is opening; like some predatory beast!

10:53 AM  
Anonymous Otto K. said...

Lovely shot. Great colors and detail. Really nice. Re: the take a guess. Hey, I got one right. :-)

11:20 AM  
Anonymous Ashish Sidapara said...

Love the warm colors and the green bokeh is amazing, well done!

12:31 PM  
Anonymous Jeff said...

I love the colors in this one. With the dark background these colors have a victorian feel to them, for me.

Good news on the botanical garden...a person can't have to many floral images. And as for "...mama is making a drive very soon…alone" isn't that how the phrase "you go Girl" got started?

2:12 PM  
Anonymous outdoorexposure said...

nice macro...lovely detail and colors r beautiful:-))

3:01 PM  
Anonymous Still said...

What a delicate flower. Nice test shot!

3:28 PM  
Blogger frame of mind said...

I knew that by answering first yesterday, I'd be destined to be wrong :-)

Great range of detail in today's limited depth of field - the small world is just endless!

5:01 PM  
Blogger Dave MacIntyre said...

It's great to be back to see all your new pictures Micki! This one is awesome!

5:09 PM  
Anonymous AG said...

I much prefer your style of flower macro to the rather clinical shots we see around. There may be more detail seen elsewhere but you capture the personality : they don’t.

5:18 PM  
Anonymous Laurie said...

Lovely macro. Love the details in this one and the colors are just perfect.

5:24 PM  
Blogger [t e r r o r k i t t e n] said...

OOooo looks like a spider...or is that the wine kicking in? Phil

7:22 PM  
Blogger doodlehedz said...

that is freaking sweet. i have to get a macro lens...i try with my digital slr lens and it just won't focus. the colors of the green are vivid and amazing, you can almost feel the fuzz.

10:19 PM  
Blogger manju said...

Vibrant colors, good DOF ! Very nice macro shot !

11:02 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

I finally got one right! I really like the rich colors of this shot. This image has a nice feel to it. I agree with Ag:)

11:29 PM  
Blogger L'oeil de Moscou said...

Splendid shot ! You make wonderful macro's...


2:07 AM  
Blogger Stardog Champion said...

Great macro there Micki. Love the textures on the flower, especially the prickly leaves. Great DOF too. I got myself some extension tubes as well, so it's good to hear a little info on what you can/can't do with them.

2:41 AM  
Anonymous Fantom Poet said...

I really like this shot! I never even considered putting extension tubes onto a macro lens I always compartmentalised them as converting a normal lens to macro....everyday i learn something new and realise how little i know.

6:09 AM  
Anonymous Suby said...

I dislike you woman, shooting such lovely shots and the Sunster not able to reproduce images like these (okay I really have not given it a go yet lol)

One of my favourites from you, I know I am not a fan of macro or flower shots, but this image just presses the right buttons

Busy Suby

7:08 AM  
Anonymous 360 Pixels said...

Lovely dof and sharp (literally :-) details on the subject. Well done.

1:56 PM  
Anonymous John said...

Nice colour and detail

5:37 AM  

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