Monday, December 18, 2006

MACRO MONDAYS -- The Final Sweet Gum Tree Pod Shots of the Year



31 Comments:

Blogger micki said...

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Seed Pod 1
Camera - Konica Minolta 70
Film - Fuji Superia ISO 100
Shutter Speed - 1/60
Aperture Setting - f-9.5 Aperture Mode
Lens - Sigma 105mm macro/portrait lens
Spot metering
Scanning Method - My scan from my cheap little hp officejet 5510v all-in-one copy/scanner/faxer/printer

Seed Pod 2
Camera - Konica Minolta 70
Film - Fuji Superia ISO 100
Shutter Speed - 8 seconds
Aperture Setting - f-45 Aperture Mode
Lens - Sigma 105mm macro/portrait lens 1:1.5
31mm extension tube
Used a gold reflector
Scanning Method - My scan from my cheap little hp officejet 5510v all-in-one copy/scanner/faxer/printer

Seed Pod 3
Camera - Konica Minolta 70
Film - Fuji Superia ISO 100
Shutter Speed - 6 seconds
Aperture Setting - f-45 Aperture Mode
Lens - Sigma 105mm macro/portrait lens 1:1
31mm extension tube
Scanning Method - My scan from my cheap little hp officejet 5510v all-in-one copy/scanner/faxer/printer

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Yesterday’s Take a Guess photo was the seed pod of a sweet gum tree, as many of you guessed. The same seed pods I’ve been posting on Macro Mondays. This one was somewhere in its later stages of life. The warm colors came from the sunlight I used to illuminate the pod.

So let’s put these seed pod shots to rest. Today’s Pod is somewhere in its middle stage of growth, not early summer growth and not ripe and ready to spread its fruit. The latter stage can be seen on last week’s Macro Monday. I promise no more gum seed pod shots until I get a green one next summer.

For the second and third shots, I stopped the lens all the way down, as the sun was bright enough and I was outside of the house on the front porch, so no jumping boys shaking the floors while I’m trying to take long exposures. That happened so many times last week when I was shooting flower shots and I couldn’t go outside because it was windy. I just gave up.

btw, these little guys almost took me out a couple of times yesterday afternoon when I was running my laps around the yard. They can break your stride when you land on them wrong.

10:09 AM  
Anonymous Laurie said...

Wonderful series of photos. Beautiful light and te details are perfect. Nature is so fascinating expecially close up.

10:22 AM  
Anonymous Paul said...

I'll bet they can break your stride! Ouch! Lovely shots, as usual, Micki!

10:34 AM  
Blogger Naturegirl said...

Ahhh....Natures wonder up close and personal!

10:52 AM  
Blogger PhotoSam said...

brilliant macros...

11:24 AM  
Anonymous Doug said...

This is a great series of pictures. I like how the magnification gets progressively higher until the seed pod is barely recognizable.

12:36 PM  
Anonymous Taswir said...

Great macros, brilliant lighting

12:48 PM  
Blogger photowannabe said...

I'm always amazed at the intricate detail in even the smallest thing. Thanks for showing these great pictures of the Gum pod.

1:29 PM  
Anonymous AG said...

An exciting three-stage journey into the macro world of the gum tree pod. 8-seconds at f/45 . . now, that is serious and well worth it.

2:06 PM  
Blogger bkphotography said...

Incredible what 8 seconds can accomplish.

2:28 PM  
Anonymous Doris said...

I really like the 2 supper close ones :-)

I know all to well about how stepping on them can really hurt! LOL walnuts grow much in the same way and my mother had a walnut tree for a while.

If I'm to busy to get back before then I hope you have a supper wonderful Christmas!
Today is my only down day between now and the end of the year :-)

Got to love kids! They keep me off my butt and moving!

3:16 PM  
Blogger Don said...

A fine series with the gradual increase in magnification. Very nice work.

4:05 PM  
Anonymous Otto K. said...

These are really lovely, Micki, especially the second one.

4:31 PM  
Anonymous BobC said...

Very interesting series of shots. I'm always impressed by anyone who does macro, I find it so difficult to deal with.

6:06 PM  
Anonymous Suby said...

Lovely,

Suby

6:17 PM  
Anonymous Alice said...

Nice shot. I especially like the DOF in the 3rd shot.

6:49 PM  
Blogger Monterey John said...

Geeze! Is that a macro or a microscope?! Great images.

8:46 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

Photogenic little seedheads! I must keep my eyes open for them next year. Well done.

8:58 PM  
Anonymous outdoorexposure said...

i like the last shot...they look like seahorse:-P...great detail and dof:-)

10:07 PM  
Anonymous Chris Vallancourt said...

Great macros!

10:22 PM  
Blogger Dave MacIntyre said...

Great details. These things always remind me of some sort of alien pods. Very cool.

11:00 PM  
Anonymous MikesRightBrain said...

These are great, Micki. something eerie about these things... that's the cool thing about macros, I guess. Nice work.

12:11 AM  
Anonymous P.J. said...

Excellent shots today. I guess my walnut guess was way off!

3:35 AM  
Anonymous NoWords said...

i'm always wondering how you can make so attractive pictures from such a simple subjects...

9:03 AM  
Anonymous david said...

great series of shots - as we don't getr them over here, it's little wonder i never guessed correctly!

9:07 AM  
Anonymous Ashish Sidapara said...

Superb macros, the details are just amazing!

9:23 AM  
Anonymous H.O said...

Lovely series Micki :)

9:24 AM  
Anonymous Still said...

I like this series and its details. fine job!

3:49 PM  
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3:23 PM  
Blogger Cool Daddio said...

Excellent! I love to photograph these weird things.

3:25 PM  
Blogger frame of mind said...

Great focal control with those extension tubes!

8:23 AM  

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