Share Six: April 2023: Macro

How did April get here so quickly. One more month and I will be back in the sky again and on my way to Australia. Hard to believe how quickly time has gone since we made the decision to plan to travel.

Share Six has chosen a theme for this month that goes away from the big wide world of happenings to the teeny tiny world of {Macro}. Thank you Lynne Grant Photography for choosing one of my favorite themes. For the longest time I did not have a macro lens. More about that at the end of the post. Finally I bought a 100mm Canon macro lens, and I have to say it is one of my favorite lens.

I will confess to this being a long post. I love playing with Macro and I also want to share some images taken years ago using the reverse lens method.

I played around with different themes. First I started out in the garden.

This is a pineapple in it’s early stages of development. I never knew until we started growing them that initially they are red as they shoot out.
A common garden weed.
Another grass weed that is just taking over every where.
Flowers on a tree
One more grass weed.
We don’t have too many dragonfly just lately but recently I managed to capture this sweet little damselfly.
Always a favorite is spiderwebs (not the spiders so much)
Tiny Buds on a plant

Then I happened to be babysitting Luka for the weekend and Amy had some interesting dried flowers that appealed to me.

Then I played around with a pair of jeans.

I’ve also played with feathers and reflections in the past as well.

As I said in the beginning, for the longest time I never had a macro lens. But I wanted to shoot macro. I was doing some research on macro options and there was an article on reverse ring macro photography. For the cost of about 11 dollars, this opened up a whole new world for me. Simply put, the ring screws into the fitting of your camera and then you screw your reversed lens into the ring. Word of caution. Do not screw anything in to tight. I had a panic attack the first time I tried to take the ring out. Looser is better. Obviously the camera is free focus. You have to create your distance where the image is sharp. Below are a some images that I took using the reverse lens method prior to having a macro lens.

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The newness of an unfurling fern in reverse lens
Down inside the grass there is a whole eco system. Taken with a reverse lens.
A friendly grasshopper taken using the reverse lens method.
Tiny new buds
Down in the grass there is a whole new world
The buds of a tiny garden weed.

Here is a link on the reverse lens method. Sometimes I feel like I may have got better detail using the reverse lens method.

What I love about macro is the details. There is so much we do not see with our natural eye. There is a world of hairs on plants and growth down inside grass and weeds that are as beautiful and as detailed as flowers. Macro is fun and if you have not done it before, I promise you, you will love it.

This is a circle blog and as I mentioned, we have some very talented ladies in the group. The sneak peaks are stunning and I cannot wait to see the rest. Take some time to follow the links and see what they have for you this month. My incredibly talented friend Lynne of Lynne Grant Photography is up next. I can’t wait to see what she has to share. You can see more of her work by clicking on her Facebook page. Definitely check out her incredible art.

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Flowers in Macro: October 2020

I love flowers….period. One way to make me happy is give me flowers. Each week I go to the local store and try to find something I really love. This week it was these. I was sitting looking at the flower center the other day and wondered what they would look like in macro. So I got to play and enjoy the results.

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Tell me a story: April 2020

I apologize to my other bloggers, last month was crazy with the whole switch to working from home and trying to come up with new scenarios on how to meet clients.  Hello telemedicine, but it certainly has been a journey.

We are still on the stay at home status, and so there is not a lot to photograph. Maybe I should be doing one a day but somehow I spend most of the day at my computer working.

Friday last week, I decided that I needed to get some vitamin D, and headed out to the deck to try and grab a little bit of sunshine.  While the weather is hot, it is really overcast and there is not a lot of sun grabbing going on.  Once the deck clouded over, I picked up my macro and decided to walk around our small garden and see what captured my attention.  Here are a few things from the garden.

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Tiny berries shooting of the variegated leaf tree that Richard plants everywhere

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Dead spikes of a evergreen plant out in the garden

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One of seven spikes of a tree orchid that is attached to my palm tree.  The ants clearly love the sap of the buds.

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The start of the third pineapple growing in the garden. And yes, it really looks like the colors in the image.

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The upper spikes of the older pineapple.

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One of the many succulent stems of the tree orchid attached to my palm tree.

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New buds on a very spiky plant.

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The opened version of the above buds.

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Berries from the chopped down palm tree flowers.

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A brand new palm frond coming up in the garden.

Thank you for joining me this month as we spend time sharing another day in our lives.  Days are not overly exciting right now, but I would rather do this and stay safe than go out and end up getting sick.

This is a circle blog.  Take some time to view what the other artists have for you this month. My friend LUPJi Photography is up next and I can’t wait to read what he has to share.


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Share Six: January 2020: Macro

Welcome to 2020.  I hope you all had an awesome Christmas and New Year and you are now ready to tackle this new year head on.  I just started back at the office today so that gets my year on the go.

Share Six chose the theme {Macro} this month and I know that this year Share Six is going to stretch us a bit more.  We are going to try and come up with themes that challenge a little bit.

So I love Macro.  I always wanted a lens and one day I saw that a photographer in a group that I was in was going to sell her lens.  I took a deep breath and decided to go for it.  It was not cheap even second hand, but I ended up having the Canon Macro 100mm in my hands not long after that.  It not a lens I use every day but every so often I will go out and play with it.  The macro lens is ideal for ring photography.  In this case both were beach engagement ring shots.

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Macro lens are also fun to experiment with.  Today I went out into the garden and lay down in the grass.  Sadly Richard has been trying to kill the weeds.  He tells me that feeding the ducks is causing weeds.  I, however, am not happy about the ducks going without their food. I am in my happy place feeding the birds, the squirrel and any other critter that may stop by.

Back to Weeds – That is what I am looking for. There were not a lot in our garden that were still living but I did find a few tenacious strugglers (I think I just made up a word) that were not giving up without a fight.  One thing I have discovered over the years is that there is a whole world down in the grass.

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I also realized that I have used my macro lens a lot more than I thought. Below are a few older images that I have taken with the macro lens.  In the image below I had gone out to the park just after it rained and the drops were still sitting on the top of the plant.

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Another two rain image, this time taken in our back garden.  We have these variegated leaves of pink and green that creates a really nice effect when they are covered with water drops.  Sometimes I am lucky to get a reflection in the water drop.

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The image below is definitely a favorite of my and it graces the screens of my work computers.  I loved that I was able to capture the ladybird in this image.

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This is another out in the garden macro image of a tiny little bud.  I so enjoy seeing the details come to life within the image.

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For the longest time I did not have a macro lens but I had a real desire to do macro photography.  I happened to come across a group in Flickr that talked about using a lens reversal ring to do macro. So what is lens reversal all about.  Think free lensing (which I am useless at) but the lens is actually attached to the camera via the reversal lens ring.  Just a little tip here.  Do not put the ring in to tight.  You will have a panic attack when it does not want to come out.  Your camera is not seeing that there is a lens attached, so you are focusing manually and what you are seeing in your camera, but I did love what I managed to capture with that method.  If you cannot afford a macro lens, but really want to do macro photography you can get the lens reversal ring for canon for $7.95 at B&H.  Google about it and then play if you can.  I know I did.  Below are a few shots taken using the lens reversal ring.  If you want to learn more about the ring check out this YouTube video.

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Macro is a fun topic and one that I have really enjoyed over the years.  This has been a great way to start off the year 2020.  I hope that you will all enjoy contributing as well.

Thank you for joining me for this month’s Share Six blog post.  This is a circle blog.  I love sneak peaks – they are always amazing.  This is an incredibly talented group of ladies.  Please take time to visit my friend and very talented artist Elizabeth of It’s Still Life Photography by Elizabeth Willson and see what she has for you this month. To check out her Facebook page click here and her Instagram page here.

Keep following the circle to see what the other photographers have shared this month. Don’t forget to leave a little love on their page as well.

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