Monday, August 07, 2006

MACRO MONDAYS -- How Does the Weed Bloom?




26 Comments:

Blogger micki said...

Yesterday’s image was a flower petal, that of my one lone lily plant from last Thursday’s Critter image.

As I’ve mentioned before, all the flowers I planted this year were either dug up by night critters or mowed down by my husband. I had one plant left and Hubby mowed that baby down last weekend. He doesn’t pay attention, if it’s green, he mows it over. So, the only flowers I have to photograph in the yard are wildflowers. A new species bloomed a couple of weeks ago. I made my oldest fry the bacon for dinner the afternoon I took these, so dinner wouldn’t be late again. It was quite breezy out, and I knew I was pressing my luck taking these images, but I wasn’t sure that I would be able to capture all four stages of the weed’s flower growth by the next day.

The next morning, there were still a couple of plants with all four stages of blooms and buds on them. Not confident of the previous day’s shots, I picked one plant and brought it in to shoot indoors under controlled conditions. Haven’t received those prints back yet, but the afternoon shots turned out well. Only one had some motion blur from the breeze in one of the nine images I took.

Stage 1
Camera - Konica Minolta 70
Film - Fuji Superia ISO 100
Shutter Speed - 1/4
Aperture Setting - f-11 Aperture Mode
Lens - Sigma 105mm macro/portrait lens
21mm extension tube
Scanning Method - My scan from my cheap little hp officejet 5510v all-in-one copy/scanner/faxer/printer


Stage 2
Camera - Konica Minolta 70
Film - Fuji Superia ISO 100
Shutter Speed - 1/6
Aperture Setting - f-11 Aperture Mode
Lens - Sigma 105mm macro/portrait lens
21mm extension tube
Scanning Method - My scan from my cheap little hp officejet 5510v all-in-one copy/scanner/faxer/printer

Stage 3
Camera - Konica Minolta 70
Film - Fuji Superia ISO 100
Shutter Speed - 1/6
Aperture Setting - f-11 Aperture Mode
Lens - Sigma 105mm macro/portrait lens
21mm extension tube
Scanning Method - My scan from my cheap little hp officejet 5510v all-in-one copy/scanner/faxer/printer

Stage 4
Camera - Konica Minolta 70
Film - Fuji Superia ISO 100
Shutter Speed - 1/6
Aperture Setting - f-11 Aperture Mode
Lens - Sigma 105mm macro/portrait lens
21mm extension tube
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… Giving me the back of the property to mow. I got some good thinking done way, way back there where no one could see my crooked mowing lines.

9:34 AM  
Blogger Don said...

a fine series of closeups. I really like the progression down to the minurte detail.

9:38 AM  
Anonymous AG said...

An education to scroll down the series of pics here . . a real time-lapse sequence which I am amazed you can fit into your schedule. Well done indeed.

10:20 AM  
Anonymous DAVE said...

Wow! Very nice progression. Thumbs up

10:32 AM  
Anonymous david said...

i was told once that a weed is just a plant in the wrong place - this looks far too pretty to be a weed!

10:36 AM  
Blogger frame of mind said...

Love these little 'Stages' series you've been shooting - you continue to show such dedication to your art :-)

12:23 PM  
Blogger PlasticTV said...

Many people out there are shooting with state-of-art equipment and pretending what they produce is art. You are one who has truly made photography an enjoyable hobby and part of your everyday life. And that's great! :)

12:40 PM  
Anonymous Ashish Sidapara said...

Lovely macro series, nice details!

1:59 PM  
Anonymous thomas said...

i really like the details in the plants. nice images.

2:48 PM  
Anonymous Robert said...

Really enjoyable series of photos. I scrolled up and down a couple of times to check out the little details. Great job with the lens and tube combo.

And frying bacon for dinner...mmmmm.

3:48 PM  
Anonymous outdoorexposure said...

beautiful hilight and dof...lovely shot:-))

3:56 PM  
Anonymous Roger said...

Great details Micki. cool shots

4:59 PM  
Anonymous Laurie said...

Nice! If they are weeds they are pretty ones!

My husband does the same thing sometimes. Unless it actaully has the flowers in bloom he figures they are weeds.

6:38 PM  
Anonymous Otto K. said...

Lovely shots. Very cool to see the progression.

7:00 PM  
Blogger Sidney said...

Nice series.

7:17 PM  
Blogger Chris Fry said...

Micki. Great series of macro shots ... shows the progression very well. This weed produces a very pretty flower which you have captured beautifully. So delicate! You'll have to put big stakes up around your plants so your husband can "see" them and not mow them down. :0

7:34 PM  
Anonymous G said...

An interesting idea for a series of macros - pictures over time.

In fact, I think I might try something like that out - maybe with insects, if I could.

9:03 PM  
Blogger Cool Daddio said...

A great set of shots. I love macros!

11:04 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

I'm loving this fuji film. Nice colors!

11:34 PM  
Blogger manju said...

Lovely series of macro shots!

2:16 AM  
Blogger Stardog Champion said...

Great details on these macros there Micki. The colours are beautiful, and I love how you've framed them.

I've actually taken my first foray into macros recently with my new camera, and I'll be posting some soon.

3:51 AM  
Anonymous mar00ned said...

stunning macros

5:01 AM  
Anonymous Paky said...

Fantastics macros! Nice colours!

5:18 AM  
Blogger PhotoSam said...

Amazing macros...very tropical feel...liking top and bottom ones best...7.5/10 from me...

5:35 AM  
Blogger Azhar said...

Lovely! I love all the deep blurs in all of em, lovely shots.
GREAT GREAT SHOTS!!!azxe

8:55 AM  
Anonymous John said...

A bit like a time lapse of the buds opening.

5:55 PM  

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