Monday, October 30, 2006

MACRO MONDAYS -- Summer's Last Colors


Blogger micki said...

Camera - Konica Minolta 70
Film - Fuji Superia ISO 100
Shutter Speed - 1/4
Aperture Setting - f-19 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

Yesterday’s shot was part of a fallen pine that happened during Ernesto. I thought the fresh break from a branch being ripped off the tree trunk and the sugary sap oozing out made for a cool Take a Guess shot.

Wow, what a whirl of a weekend! With Blogger giving me (and hundreds of other users) troubles all weekend, I kept away from the computer most of Saturday. After swim lessons and picking up some donuts, (because what IS a Saturday without donuts??) I came home and shot two rolls of film. All still shots, inside. Couldn’t shoot outdoors, the wind gusts were 50mph+. Towards evening, I wanted to go out and get a shot I’ve been hoping to get before it was too late in the season. I asked the girls if they were willing to go out. Fully expecting a no, they wanted to go out to buy a strategy guide for their latest video game. So, it was a go all around. We loaded up the boys into the van and I got my shot (I hope) and they got their guide…after I waited in line for 15 minutes at a little GameStop. Then Saturday night I spent making up a menu for next month and a grocery list to go with it. Oh, and I did some grading.

Yesterday I took my youngest daughter out to the beach for a sunrise shoot with her as my subject. It was so cold and so windy, things did not go well. Hopefully we got one or two shots, but I’m still thinking “reshoot.” After that we drove around and then I shot a little general store I needed to go back to. While I was there, a very kind older gentleman yelled from the intersection to ask if I would take his portrait. He was on his way to church and dressed all dapper and fine. So, I took his portrait in front of Mo’s Stuff, the general store I was shooting. He’s going to want an 8x10 to send to his mamma. Isn’t that the sweetest thing? She’s in her 80’s, but he’ll probably always be her little boy. He was such a nice man.

Today’s Photo After all of the summer flowers had gone (at least when I shot this a couple weeks ago) these little beauties were just coming into their own. I was eaten alive lying down in the grass shooting this one. Well, I was on a flattened box, but still down in the grass under a tree. I was in mosquito territory, and I was the main course. Since then, the weather cooled, then warmed again, and some summer wildflowers are back, but no mosquitoes so far. The challenge when shooting with so many extension tubes is always exposure time. I am trying very hard not to load up with anything faster than ISO 100 film. But of course, that really makes things difficult for macro photography. This day, I was battling a slight breeze which is like hurricane force wind when you’re magnified this much. Also, I was balancing my camera on its side on a zip bag full of rice which was placed on a throw pillow from the couch. I have the ability to stop down all the way to f-45 with this lens, but as I’ve noted before, after 22 or 27, the differences in dof are VERY limited when the tubes are on, but the exposure times are significant. When I was shooting macros indoors this weekend, I had to contend with low light conditions, the hum of the refrigerator vibrating the table which shook the flowers I was shooting, and the occasional jump off the stairs from my sons during a four second exposure. :o{ Ah the challenges, but I love it!!

9:24 AM  
Anonymous armeen said...

your notes on the technical issues are very interesting. i have not yet explored with a macro lens nor a tube so it is good to hear the limitations.

9:31 AM  
Blogger Tigermask said...

I like your approach to photography Micki. You have a very good collection of images.

10:38 AM  
Anonymous Laurie said...

This is beautiful on of my favorites.

You really do take the time to detail your technique.

You were lucky you were able to post. I don't usually have too many issues with blogger but today must be my lucky day. It won't publish and the comments are having issues and all sorts of stuff. It's a real pain.

One person in Goggle Groups for Blogger hasn't been able to publish for 3 weeks! Even Google groups was having issues and giving errors. I wonder what's up with Goolge?

10:50 AM  
Anonymous Ries said...

Beautiful colours in this macro. Like your shots.

11:26 AM  
Blogger Don said...

A fine macro shot. Your explanation was interesting.
I've not used extension tubes in some time, but I vividly recall trying to figure out adjusted exposures before I had through the lens metering.

11:55 AM  
Blogger Julian said...

Soon all the flowers will be gone.

1:00 PM  
Anonymous Doug said...

Wonderful colors. I love your description of the weekend. I always find it interesting to compare how other people find time to shoot during their busy life with how I try to do it myself.

1:06 PM  
Blogger PhotoSam said...

beautifully saturated colours...8/10

1:22 PM  
Blogger photowannabe said...

Beautiful detail in the stamens or pistels or whatever they're called. Hope Blogger is finally fixed so we can all get back to business.

1:34 PM  
Anonymous AG said...

Your macros are always not just close but personal. When I read the effort, planning and time-slotting that goes into them, I’m not surprised. Lovely image.

3:02 PM  
Blogger Jasp said...

a wonderful picture if nature, looks almost animal like

3:19 PM  
Anonymous anton said...

Beautifully contrasting colours

3:30 PM  
Anonymous outdoorexposure said...

i like the detail and colors in this shot:-)) beautiful flowers:-)

4:28 PM  
Anonymous Still said...

You've a great talent for the macro. This one is stunning of precision and harmony.

4:55 PM  
Anonymous Ron: said...

Great shot! You definitely have to post the portrait that you shot! Oh, and f/45 is pretty impressive!

5:37 PM  
Anonymous 360 Pixels said...

Beautiful colors, specially like the blue and yellow combo.

5:45 PM  
Anonymous Paul said...

A beautiful macro, Micki and an interesting story, as usual. Wow! You must be really organized to plan meals a month in advance and then do the grocery shopping!

6:05 PM  
Blogger Naturegirl said...

I love the color contrasts in this one and of course my fav. colors in the garden the blue is beautiful. What a lucky man to have his photo taken by YOU!**Here catch a big TREAT for you!
Happy Halloween!

6:19 PM  
Blogger MBrown said...

These are such cool little flowers to photograph! :)
I like the way that the pistil/stamens are flaring out and to the lens.
Very cool!

8:41 PM  
Anonymous Montereyjohn said...

Oh my, the colors! Marvelous.

9:17 PM  
Blogger Jill said...

This is beautiful!

10:16 PM  
Anonymous Mia said...

Really cool shot micki.Vivid colours, enough details and awesome DOF. A shot well captured!

10:33 PM  
Anonymous objectif-plume said...

superbe cette photo

11:24 PM  
Blogger Dave MacIntyre said...

Beautiful colour and sharp detail! A lovely macro.

PS...I still think the "take a guess" shot was strudle! :D

11:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love the story for today. Sounds like it was busy and productive, and windy!

11:39 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

After this cold frosty day a pretty flower is very welcoming!

12:14 AM  
Anonymous H.O said...

Very beautiful!!

3:04 AM  
Anonymous Jeff said...

I always enjoy my visit to your site...because of the photos...and the stories you tell. I can just imagine the mosquitos dive bombing you. Lol. This is a lovely image. It was worth all of the mosquito bites as far as I'm concerned (but then, I'm not the one scratching my legs and arms).

I'll be back to see what your Halloween story is. With children and the life you appear to live, I bet you'll have one.

4:06 AM  
Blogger [t e r r o r k i t t e n] said...

NIce ot see those last drips of summer Micki...seems such a distant memory now. Phil

4:50 AM  
Anonymous david said...

well if this is destined to be the last summer colour, then at least you're letting it go out with a bang! great macro shot - as ever!

5:50 AM  
Blogger shiv said...

nice shot,
surprised how u can resist the temptation of going digital,with the reduced costs and the fact that you can see your pictures that instant...

6:15 AM  
Anonymous Suby said...

Your technical knowledge is seond to none, you amaze me with your knowledge, and I am already in awe as you shoot these amazing shots in film :)

Lovely macro once again, as I always say,you are queen in your field. Hey are we going to see the portrait of the man you t ook outside the general store?


6:23 AM  
Blogger Gardengirl said...

Another stunning macro!!!

6:33 AM  
Blogger Cool Daddio said...

Lovely colors but I so loved your narratives today!

7:32 AM  
Anonymous Ashish Sidapara said...

Yup, macro photography is a challenge and requires lots of patience. Loving the shot!

9:09 AM  
Blogger frame of mind said...

Isn't it almost always worth it to lie on a flattened box for a shot? :-) Certainly the case here!

8:52 AM  

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