Monday, September 04, 2006

MACRO MONDAYS -- Inside the Lily


Blogger micki said...

Yesterday’s image was of the skylight in my kitchen. Now that the tree that was next to the house is gone (three years ago hurricane Isabel took it out) I get a lot of great natural light through this sky light. For a window of opportunity lasting one to two hours, depending on the time of year, I can shoot portraits or stills in my kitchen with light coming in from the window by the sinks and this skylight.

I had this shot planned for yesterday - the almost full moon, behind the church down the road at 10 minutes before sunset. Everything had to be just right, and I planned this out last month to be there yesterday to take the shot at 7:23. What I didn’t plan for was cloudy weather. Maybe next month.

Indulge me in this cliché shot for today. I only had the one lily that grew this year in our yard, and I had to take my stamen shot of one of the blooms. I took just this one shot. The lily grew right on the edge of the woods and was in the shade most of the day. This late afternoon shot had the sunlight fall on the flower for less than ten minutes. Most of the time I was shooting the bugs that were on the flowers, but I grabbed this shot when the sun lit and the wind held simultaneously for a very brief moment.

Camera - Konica Minolta 70
Film - Kodak Portra VC ISO 400
Shutter Speed - 1/40
Aperture Setting - f-5.6 Aperture Mode
Lens - Sigma 105mm macro/portrait lens
13, 21, and 31mm extension tubes
Scanning Method - My scan from my cheap little hp officejet 5510v all-in-one copy/scanner/faxer/printer

7:53 AM  
Anonymous Chris said...

Wonderful detail and color saturation. I love it!

8:08 AM  
Anonymous Laurie said...

This is quite lovely. Beautiful deep rich tones.

8:32 AM  
Anonymous Bob said...

That is a one heck of a macro! One of the best I have seen.

8:52 AM  
Anonymous david said...

i really like your macro work and this is another terrific example of the genre; great detail and fabulous colour.

9:17 AM  
Blogger [t e r r o r k i t t e n] said...

Very cool shot Micki and not in the least bit cliche....lovely deatil and beautiful colours....I like it very much. Phil

9:55 AM  
Blogger Don said...

A fine stamen shot it is. I like the detail and the colors.

10:57 AM  
Blogger Patty said...

oh, the crimsons and yellow-oranges! they look a little like candles. such a blend of vivid color! wonderful job, micki!

12:26 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

Lovely lily shot!

12:29 PM  
Anonymous Samarth said...

Another beautiful macro....8/10

1:28 PM  
Anonymous Ashish Sidapara said...

Love the colors, superb shot!

1:29 PM  
Blogger Wingnut said...

This is my first visit here, very nice work, all around! I love this shot, very good control of DOF, not an easy shot, yet you make it look so easy!

1:46 PM  
Anonymous Paul said...

OK, Micki. I'll indulge you this one wonderful flower shot. :-) Gosh! I'm so magnanimous! ;-)

1:48 PM  
Anonymous armeen said...

it's a nice shot micki. i would love to get more into macro photography. is there any lens that you would recommend that would go hand by hand with a student budget :D

1:54 PM  
Anonymous Karl Baumann said...

you can count each pollen. nice macro :-)

2:35 PM  
Anonymous DAVE said...

ET Phone Home. Very nice picture.

2:41 PM  
Anonymous AG said...

Nothing cliché about this. Glorious colors and just the right amount of detail. Plus, as so often, your little narrative brings it to life.

3:54 PM  
Anonymous Jasp said...

The colours that flowers reveal are a constant wonder.

4:06 PM  
Anonymous Still said...

Exquisite details on lovely colors!

4:07 PM  
Blogger bkphotography said...

Wow, now how did you do THAT?

4:29 PM  
Anonymous anagnorisis said...

This is just gorgeous.. I love the intense saturations.. ;)

6:34 PM  
Blogger Fraser said...

You experience and preplanning are terrific as is this photo. I love the color -- I almost think I have come to appreciate color more than the sene, but the color in this is brilliant -- made possible by your exquisite sense of timing.

6:41 PM  
Blogger kristin said...

great detail and colors.

7:00 PM  
Blogger Chris Fry said...

Micki. I really love the colours in this and the soft focus.

8:55 PM  
Anonymous intern said...

This is beautiful!

9:03 PM  
Anonymous idreaminred said...

heh, i havent had much time to attempt to build one, although i am tempted to try the matchbox pinhole one.

9:16 PM  
Anonymous P.J. said...

Great color in this one.

I have a question about your photos though -- you say on your main page, no digital. So do you actually write down all the info for each shot you take so you have it to post here?

9:47 PM  
Blogger Dave MacIntyre said...

Amazing pollen detail and colour here Micki! Perfect shot!

10:04 PM  
Anonymous jess said...

gorgeous, micki. your colors are so great here. nice to know that they're straight out of the camera too.

10:57 PM  
Blogger PlasticTV said...

Wow i love the colours here. Really nice colours that complement my mood today. :)

4:08 AM  
Blogger manju said...

Lovely macro shot! Great details and color.

5:25 AM  
Anonymous mar00ned said...

Lovely details.

7:57 AM  
Anonymous suresh said...

Lovely image. colors and DOF is really excellent one. Well done micki

8:21 AM  
Anonymous G said...

One of my favorite macros of yours. Almost abstract with the pastel colors around the edges.


9:07 AM  
Blogger frame of mind said...

I'll be looking forward to that moon shot when all the cards finally fall into place - how nice that the conditions cooperated for this ethereal macro shot!

6:29 AM  
Anonymous john said...

Your recent images are very strong, this is very nice also.

3:46 PM  

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