Monday, January 22, 2007

MACRO MONDAYS -- Gerber Daisy in Black and White


Blogger micki said...

Camera - Minolta Dynax 9
Film - Kodak Tri-X
Shutter Speed - 1/8
Spot Metering
Aperture Setting - f-19 Aperture Mode
Lens - Sigma 105mm macro/portrait lens
Scanning Method - Epson Perfection 4990 Photo scanner

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Yesterday’s image was a close up shot of the inside of one of these lilies.

OK, so I’m still running outside every day despite the weather. My oldest walks now while I’m out there. We had a few days in the 30’s recently and yesterday was so cold and windy and it was even sleeting the entire time we were out. It was pretty miserable, but we made it through. She’s stopped asking me if we have to go out now. She just goes. It was bad enough outside that while we were out, when my youngest daughter opened up the front door, the cat ran in. She ran all the way in and went under my sons’ trampoline. Luckily, we’ve spoiled her so much and she’s become so chubby and happy, that my daughters were able to bribe her back outside with a handful of cat treats. To think, for at least five years this cat was an outdoor cat living off the land. Now she’s fed twice a day and spends her time sleeping in her box on her pillow or lying in the sun on one of the porches. Oh well, she’s earned it, I’m sure she had a rough time of it, especially in the winters, before this.

Today’s shot is one I made when I should’ve been making dinner one evening. Oh well, food is one thing, but photography…now that’s something else. I had my background set up on the kitchen table and a desk lamp I used for lighting up on a stool that was balanced on a chair. Again, the tonal range of Tri-X shines through in this image. Love that film.

12:46 PM  
Blogger photowannabe said...

Love your pictures and the adventures involved in taking them. Gerber daisys are one of my favorite flowers. i like just the section of the flower and b&w is perfect.

1:18 PM  
Blogger Don said...

A delicate image with wonderful shades of gray. I like the composition you created here too. You're right Tri-X has some special qualities. I got out my old film cameras today and I'm thinking about getting some film....:-)

1:19 PM  
Anonymous Laurie said...

So beautiful Micki. It's silky and delicate and just stunning.

1:25 PM  
Anonymous Keith said...

It is hard not to like this sort of shot. This is a good example. I like te lighting which has emphasised the petals form well.

1:59 PM  
Anonymous Jeff Ambrose said...

Awesome tones Micki.

2:09 PM  
Blogger manju said...

Completely works in B/W.

2:27 PM  
Anonymous Still said...

A fine macro working well in B&W.

4:02 PM  
Blogger Chris Fry said...

A lovely texture to those petals Micki and I like the sharpness of the centre of the flower.

4:48 PM  
Anonymous Doug said...

Great composition. I like the petals radiating out from the corner.

7:56 PM  
Blogger Cool Daddio said...

Superb. Paul Lester picked the right example on his site to talk about loving what you photograph. Your passion shines through and inspires many.

10:23 PM  
Anonymous Otto K. said...

This is really lovely, Micki.

10:34 PM  
Blogger WJWilson said...

A very gentle expression. Very cool. Thinking about sending some black and white film to this place on your site. You recommend?

10:35 PM  
Blogger Jill said...

Very nice!! Well done.

10:49 PM  
Anonymous AG said...

The composition here should feel uncomfortable but it doesn’t. The crop catches all we need to see and that smooth film does the rest. A photographer’s photograph.

11:22 PM  
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11:44 PM  
Blogger Naturegirl said...

WOW! Micki we love the ~SaMe~ flowers my dear!I just recently discovered that I can take blk/white photos w/ my camera!! hugs NG

11:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love that Tri-x too!
It almost looks IR though. Shooting in the cold has its moments, I know. Brisk weather makes brisk thoughts and and a different way of thinking. Stay warm!

12:59 AM  
Anonymous H.O said...

Beautiful detail shot Micki :)

1:17 AM  
Blogger PlasticTV said...

Another gorgeous macro shot of yours. It looks equally (if not even more so) elegant in black and white.

1:52 AM  
Anonymous P.J. said...

A great macro, Mickie. Nice job!

2:42 AM  
Anonymous leeroy said...

It's always a tough decision whether to suck the colours out of flowers, but here I think you made the right choice. It really pulls the eyes into the patterns and lines.


5:36 AM  
Anonymous david said...

a really nice B&W shot - the lack of colour forcing you to "see" the awesome complexity of the flower's structure.

6:21 AM  
Blogger Dave MacIntyre said...

Splendid Micki!!!! I absolutely love flowers in B&W. Awesome shot.

8:50 AM  
Anonymous Fantom Poet said...

This is a cool macro shot the lighting is great and it does realy show the tonal range especially with the composition you chose...well taken

9:44 AM  
Anonymous Ashish Sidapara said...

Lovely patters, looks great in b&w!

9:49 AM  
Blogger frame of mind said...

The large version of this image is especially dimensional - way to harness the light!

6:15 PM  

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