Monday, October 23, 2006

MACRO MONDAYS -- Flower Within a Flower


Blogger micki said...

Camera - Konica Minolta 70
Film - Fuji Superia ISO 100
Shutter Speed - 1/45
Aperture Setting - f-9.5 Aperture Mode
Lens - Sigma 105mm macro/portrait lens
13mm, 21mm, and 31mm extension tubes
Scanning Method - My scan from my cheap little hp officejet 5510v all-in-one copy/scanner/faxer/printer

Word must be out that our house is a good place if you’re a wild critter. We have recently become the proud owners of a cat that we’ve seen around the yard for the past 5 ½ years we’ve been here. He/she likes it here so much now with all the food and luvin’ it’s been getting that he/she never leaves. He/she even sleeps all night in a box my daughter (the frog whisperer) set up for him/her on the front porch.

Good word must’ve gotten out to the frog community as well, as one of its members decided to try to move in. Apparently at some point yesterday afternoon, a small frog saw its chance and made a break for the kitchen door, hoping to get in and live with the other frogs and toads we’re housing. Well, said frog didn’t make its presence known and somehow got squished flat in the door before ever making it inside. His little flattened body was found by my oldest early yesterday evening. When she told me of her discovery, I admit I was heartbroken. Not a feeling I would’ve thought I could have, but I was truly saddened. Poor little thing.

OK, yesterday’s shot was guessed correctly by one person. Way to go BK
! Laurie got close. It was indeed a bike frame, looking at the back of my husband’s blue bicycle with the red reflector right behind the seat. He hasn’t ridden it much, as you could see by the lack of wear on the part of the tire that was clear in the limited focus.

It’s only been a few weeks here of cooler temperatures, but I’m missing all the flowers. So I went out and bought some from the florists. I got some in cheery autumn colors. I was out in the backyard, lying on a flattened box, shooting them in the last of the sunlight that was available as it sunk behind the tall trees. I started off in the middle of the yard, on the edge of the shade and had to scooch everything forward every 10 minutes until I reached the trees and the sunlight ran out. Why not just start out in the farthest part of the yard? Because I wanted to keep the equipment I wasn’t using close by and in the shade at my feet. My boys were out in the yard with me, and as it was, my youngest through his toy while I was looking through the viewfinder and it hit my camera! I put him in the house after that. Anyway, here’s a shot from that session.

9:21 AM  
Anonymous Laurie said...

I love this one the shadow (that is a shadow, right?) on the petal really makes for an interesting shot indeed. Wonderful!

9:27 AM  
Anonymous legkb said...

Fine capture I like the details of the shadows on the petals.

9:52 AM  
Anonymous Still said...

Sorry for the error of name...:-)

9:54 AM  
Blogger Tony said...

this is a wonderful macro shot... the lillies always make such well behaved models...

10:27 AM  
Blogger PhotoSam said...

beautiful capture and the title pretty much says it all....7.75/10

10:50 AM  
Blogger Don said...

A fine closeup with nice, vivid colors. I really like your pacement of the flower within the frame.

11:19 AM  
Anonymous Intern said...

beautiful lily, lovely colors, very cool shot.

12:14 PM  
Anonymous outdoorexposure said...

nice juxtaposition the composition and shape of the shadow is fantastic...great capture:-))

12:45 PM  
Anonymous Otto K. said...

This is beautiful, Micki. I really love this.

12:49 PM  
Blogger shiv said...

great to see atleast some purists around,great picture,nice colours,great composition as well...

1:47 PM  
Anonymous Doris said...

Love the comp on this!

Did you have a little celebration of life for the little frog???

3:12 PM  
Anonymous Jason Ertel said...


Wonderful colors! Love it.


3:12 PM  
Anonymous NoWords said...

Great colour tones and framing...

3:21 PM  
Blogger Robin Freeman said...

Lovely shot. The shadow really makes it special.

Yay you!

4:00 PM  
Anonymous gSaenz said...

nice tones, great composition.

4:49 PM  
Blogger Paul said...

Micki, that is such a nice shot! Lovely light and shadow!

5:18 PM  
Blogger Dave MacIntyre said...

Really pretty Micki! I miss the bright colours already and the lousy weather has only just begun. *sigh*

6:15 PM  
Anonymous AG said...

I guess we can all identify with the complicated simplicity of getting the flower shot but you managed a few new twists there on the way to this neat little cameo.
Promising news about the cat : of those that I have ‘owned’, they who chose me rather than me choosing them turned out the best by far. Shame about the frog, though.

7:10 PM  
Blogger Natalie said...

A beautiful macro.

That's sad about the frog. Poor little guy must have heard there was lots of lovin to be had at your place.

8:44 PM  
Blogger Naturegirl said...

Micki now this is absolutely...... {{{MAGIC!}}}

9:23 PM  
Anonymous Jeff said...

Beautiful composition with the shadow on the petal.

There's always an interesting story line going on in your life. I could go days without seeing a frog. (...a gecko, on the otherhand is a regular occurrence, with one living in my home...)

11:05 PM  
Anonymous 360 Pixels said...

Beautiful depth and the red on green is a masterstroke.

11:25 PM  
Anonymous MontereyJohn said...

Micki, I couldn't get in earlier, blogger was acting up again. Nice shot. There is something about the focus I like, not to mention the softness, color and light.

11:39 PM  
Anonymous Ashish Sidapara said...

Simply beautiful, great colors!

12:05 AM  
Blogger H.O said...

Hi Micki
Really nice and lovely color.

1:33 AM  
Anonymous john said...

Fine colour. I like the shadows of the stamen on the petal, almost looks like a bunch of flowers, adding a slightly surreal element

4:13 AM  
Anonymous david kleinert said...

beautiful image MIcki - the red flower against the green looks great :)

5:06 AM  
Anonymous david said...

a magical macro Micki, wonderful colour and i just love the crisp shadows falling on the petal below.

6:12 AM  
Blogger Stardog Champion said...

Fantastic macro Micki. I love how you just captured part of the flower. It seems even prettier that way for some reason.

7:39 AM  
Anonymous tuan said...

Sounds like my place. We always get dogs comin and going. Unfortunately my dog decide to go recently...I bet it wasn't of her own free will though!! NEVER!

7:46 AM  
Blogger PlasticTV said...

Beautiful colours, beautifully composed.

7:57 AM  
Anonymous MikesRightBrain said...

Wonderfully framed, Micki. One of these days I need to find a good way to "simulate" film in the digital world to get color like this. I have tried and it doesn't quite work!

9:28 AM  
Anonymous Rob Buckley said...

micki - your macro stuff is excellent. I really like this photograph. Very nice color and depth of field.

10:45 AM  
Blogger frame of mind said...

Amazingly well seen! This is just outstanding, micki.

8:13 AM  

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