Monday, September 25, 2006

MACRO MONDAYS -- High Key Daisy #2


Blogger micki said...

Yesterday’s photo was the attaching end of a small bunch of long pine needles that fall off the trees all over in this part of Virginia. Did that make sense? It’s the end of the growth of needles that attaches to the branch.

We had a great afternoon yesterday exploring some of the renovations that were done to the riverfront in Yorktown after Hurricane Isabel. We also walked through the battlefields of Yorktown, and I am always moved when I walk upon the ground where so many lost their lives in the fight for independence.

A month or two ago I had posted an image I did from this series of high key daisy shots. That one showed the green stem of the flower. In this shot I hid the stem to keep it more dramatic. I was testing the accuracy results of the colors using gray cards, spot metering and/or exposure compensations. As it turned out, spot metering off the white petals of the daisy and then giving two extra stops of exposure gave the most accurate results.

Camera - Minolta Maxxum 7000
Film - Fuji HQ ISO 100
Shutter Speed - 1/3
Aperture Setting - f-13 Aperture Mode
Lens - Minolta 50mm macro lens
Spot metering
Some cropping done
Scanning Method - My scan from my cheap little hp officejet 5510v all-in-one copy/scanner/faxer/printer

8:28 AM  
Anonymous darr said...

Great shot! I am a lover of floral photography. Thank you for the comments regarding my Hurricane Katrina and Wilma photos. I hope Isabel did not do too much damage to your area. I appreciate your work Micki!

8:52 AM  
Anonymous tuan said...

Scenes like this will always fool a digital camera which goes to prove a bit of know how is always the best!

8:56 AM  
Blogger Dave MacIntyre said...

Magnificent shot Micki! Love it!

8:57 AM  
Blogger Naturegirl said...

Now this is my kind of photo! LOVE it!
Yesterday I was stumped so I did not guess.Pine needles I have them all over my garden!

9:12 AM  
Anonymous Kris said...

Beautiful hikey photo Micki, nice work!

9:20 AM  
Anonymous AG said...

A beautifully soft image awash with light. You got good mileage out of those white daisies this year, Micki – nothing wasted.

10:22 AM  
Anonymous Doris said...

Just stunning!!!!!!!!!!!

You are my Idol! ;-)

The Truck Club is a great group of people! We have so much fun with them!
My husband is such a hermit! but he actually talks with these folks :-)

10:26 AM  
Anonymous suresh said...

Wow.. Wow .. The white looks like a milk. excellent shot micki ..

10:27 AM  
Blogger Don said...

A great job of exposure control. Light meters usually read for middle gray (zone 5) so two stops more puts you up near7 or 8 - very light, but retaining details. A detailed discussion can be found at You probably know all this already. :-)

10:34 AM  
Anonymous Otto K. said...

Beautiful shot, Micki. I love white on white shots. Well done.

10:56 AM  
Anonymous Hendra said...

Hello Micki ... my apology for missing lots of your photos. I have been moving places and been very challenging for me. I now base in Manila for the next 15 months.

I love macro shot. It was in fact one of the things that made me love photography so much. I love the high key feel of this macro shot.

11:01 AM  
Blogger Vickie said...

Great tones for white on white.

11:23 AM  
Anonymous Fantom Poet said...

Wow this is a beautiful delicate shot..stunning

11:37 AM  
Blogger Sandy said...

I too love your white on white shots. Very soft and delicate:)

11:51 AM  
Anonymous Ashish Sidapara said...


1:28 PM  
Blogger PhotoSam said...

great one ( as alwyas, you ca never mess up, can you?)....8/10

1:28 PM  
Anonymous Suby said...

Micki has done it once again, made the Subster like a flower shot. To me PERFECTO :)

On a shoot now and just stealing a few minutes to blog while my next victim gets ready he he he he he (mischievous Suby laugh)

2:28 PM  
Anonymous Laurie said...

This is really lovely. Daisies are favorites of mine.

4:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great photo i could live with this on my wall Lots of great photos well done

8:48 PM  
Anonymous outdoorexposure said...

really nice exposed for white flower...soft tone and detail r fantastic:-) great work

9:34 PM  
Anonymous 360 Pixels said...

The white is so pure, lovely. I shoot a lot on spot meter and normally do 1.5 stops over for white, was always scared that 2 might be pushing it too much but having seen this I am going to give it a try.

9:41 PM  
Blogger Jill said...

I love the high key look!! Some think it looks too blown out but I love it. nice job!

11:44 PM  
Blogger ndiginiz said...

Tena koe ehoa
Beautiful Micki, soft colours and smooth details.

11:58 PM  
Anonymous MontereyJohn said...

Oh my goodness, that is GOOD!

1:09 AM  
Anonymous P.J. said...

The white on white is a very nice touch to this shot.

1:17 AM  
Blogger Chris Fry said...

It's so creamy Micki. Looks like the daisy is floating in a glass of milk. Great image.

2:11 AM  
Anonymous Karl said...

beautiful shot, I like the white in white tone. well done :)

2:42 AM  
Blogger manju said...

WOW ! Beautiful image !

3:17 AM  
Anonymous Christian said...

I love very much the softness oth white color. Fine daisy.

Nothing is better than the manual exposure to get the result you want.
Have a nice day Micki

3:47 AM  
Anonymous david said...

i very much like the soft, pillow like, feel of the whites here: excellent shot.

3:54 AM  
Blogger PlasticTV said...

Oh my goodness such a delicate shot! Perfectly composed, too. i totally love it!

4:43 AM  
Anonymous anton said...

Great subtle tones to this. Love it!

4:54 AM  
Blogger Ash said...

Pristine white....very beautiful!

5:32 AM  
Anonymous sil said...

Love this one! Well done!

7:05 AM  
Anonymous mar00ned said...

marvellous white. nice shot

7:43 AM  
Anonymous Paul said...

Lovely high key shot, Micki. You've preserved the detail in the whites perfectly.

8:04 AM  
Anonymous Still said...

A delicate close up I like the subtl white!

8:38 AM  
Blogger frame of mind said...

Perfectly exposed - love that we have softness AND detail here.

6:28 AM  
Blogger Cool Daddio said...

Wow! What really really great lighting. So bright but never lose some detail. Sweet!

10:38 PM  

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