Monday, October 09, 2006



Blogger micki said...

Camera - Konica Minolta 70
Film - Fuji Superia ISO 100
Shutter Speed - 1/3
Aperture Setting - f-16 Aperture Mode
Lens - Sigma 105mm macro/portrait lens
13mm, 21mm, and 31mm extension tubes
Used a renewal card from Outdoor Photographer to throw some light back on the pod
Scanning Method - My scan from my cheap little hp officejet 5510v all-in-one copy/scanner/faxer/printer

Yesterday’s photo was a mushroom. These little guys growing next to the tree stump that had, at one time, been a huge tree right out my back door, were very interesting. They were very dry and almost cake-like in texture. So, I thought they’d make a good Take a Guess image.

The refrigerator is up and running and all is well regarding that. Thank goodness.

The back window of my van wasn’t sealed properly during replacement and water leaked in from the 66 hours of rain we had. Now the backdoor of the van is filled with water, and every now and then the water ran out when I drove around yesterday. So I have to call the shop today and get this fixed tomorrow.

Autumn colors are slow to come here on the east coast of Virginia. When they do, they aren’t the brilliant, eye-poppin’ colors of the cooler regions of our country. It’s more like a subtle change over eight to twelve weeks, with each tree species coming into its own after another is done. The trees whose leaves turn red seem to be the first to change, starting in late August. Most of them are past their peak now, while the next in line are kicking into gear. So, that being said, you all won’t be seeing a lot of the traditional autumn images from me, unless I make out to the mountains next week. Today you get a berry. I only noticed these growing around our driveway last year. This year, there are many more of these plants. This is the stage where the pod is just starting to open. You can’t see this when it hangs from the plant, as this is the bottom of the pod. I’ll share more images of them in a couple of weeks. I’ve been having trouble shooting them. Compared to the branches they hang from, these berries or seed pods are quite heavy and it’s been so windy. This pod had fallen to the ground. When the pods open, it’s really a pretty display.

9:17 AM  
Blogger Don said...

Very colorful looking berries. I like the detail. Your description completes the picture.

10:27 AM  
Anonymous Otto K. said...

With such a red color, I can feel Christmas right around the corner. Too bad about the van. Good luck.

10:53 AM  
Anonymous Karl said...

looks jucy and fruity, but I'm sure it will makes you sick if you eat it. :)

11:46 AM  
Anonymous outdoorexposure said...

nice texture and color:-)) almost look like flower petals...beautiful:-))

11:49 AM  
Blogger Paul said...

Well, Micki. If you'd come a little bit south and west, you could get some great color! :-)

Lovely shot!


12:19 PM  
Anonymous Ashish Sidapara said...

Love the colors here, great macro!

12:28 PM  
Blogger PhotoSam said...

i like it, wouldve preferred a bit more shadow though...8/10

12:30 PM  
Blogger Dave MacIntyre said...

Great macro! Love the colour and shape of this pod.

12:40 PM  
Blogger Robin Freeman said...

Very cool macro! I love macro nature shots (but then you [probably already knew that!).
I took some Hawaiian seed pod photos as well. They can be so cool and alien looking.
Thanks for putting the developing info on my blog. I seem to have picked up a virus so I can only get Friday's email. Over and over and over!
Mondo hugs to you!

12:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It looks stellar !
Incredible color too!!!

2:04 PM  
Anonymous Laurie said...

This has a beautiful rich tone and nice details. Very cool little pod/berry.

2:07 PM  
Blogger bkphotography said...

what i *really* like: how the light/shadow falls in the surface - very dynamic lines.

4:12 PM  
Anonymous dave said...

Wow, I love that pretty pattern--almost like a flower on the seed.

4:13 PM  
Anonymous AG said...

With 65mm of extension tubes, this must be one tiny little detail, I guess. And yet, there is so much of organized happenings in here. Great macro.

4:14 PM  
Anonymous MontereyJohn said...

Fall? What's Fall? We don't do seasons here. About the van... argh! How aggravating is that. By the way, what's rain? I'm confused ;)

9:09 PM  
Anonymous armeen said...

hope you get your van fixed soon. here in wisconsin the fall comes very quickly and it lasts for 3 weeks the most if you are lucky! as for the shot, i like it. it feels very abstract. it's very simple but it's very cute. i'm just a bit surprised with the the focus considering the f stop 16.

1:29 AM  
Blogger manju said...

Nice colors !

2:14 AM  
Blogger Ash said...

Interesting colors and texture...

4:47 AM  
Anonymous Suby said...

Lovely colours lovely macro, maybe one day I will really get into taking more macro images but I just cannot see it the way you do :(


5:37 AM  
Anonymous Christian said...

I don't know this kind of berry.
What is the tree it comes from?
Can we eat them?
That's looking good .

Hi Micki, starting today, i copy and past your comments to translate them and learn more english.
You're a good teacher for me. Thanks you very much

8:31 AM  
Blogger Stardog Champion said...

This shot really catches my eye for two reasons:

1. Red. I love red.
2. The star shape. My favourite.

That's all I have to say. Love it!

8:45 AM  
Blogger Dave Weeks said...

Hi Micki,

Drat the van. We have had several days of beautiful sunny warm weather in Ohio the last couple of days we are sending your way. :)

Also, please check your email and PM from Frogtails.

9:15 AM  
Blogger frame of mind said...

Wonderful macro shot here - beautiful example of natural order, plus you can't go wrong with red :-)

7:16 AM  

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