Category Archives: Macro

Badlands Macro-Lichens

badlands lichens

Friends, i love the little landscapes of the badlands as well as the big landscapes.  These lichens challenge my macro skills when i have only the big zoom with me on a hike.  They are very colorful if you look closely enough. See what is there. til Tomorrow MJ

Weekly Photo Challenge: Summer Lovin

summer butterfly

Friends, i love photographing beauty in nature and especially macro work, so while nosing around the wild lilies,in my childhood we called them tiger lilies, i discovered a small butterfly nectaring inside the cup.  He is a hairstreak and these small creatures are easily confused with the Karner Blue, a rare butterfly also found in Crex Meadows. til Tomorrow MJ

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_photo_challenge/summer-lovin/ other contributions on this theme can be found at this link

Color Pink

cyclmen1Friends, this is not outside, but in the indoors at Como Park in St Paul, every spring (or late winter) my color meter gets empty and i need to get it filled.  The Conservatory at Como is a delightful place year round, flowers blooming in great profusion.  This cyclamen still had the morning watering clinging to it, so i got in close to do a macro.  hope you like it til Tomorrow MJ

 

Macro Beads

finished beads 3Friends, this image was part of my presentation on focus- stacking of multiple images.  These beads are 1/8-1/4 inch size so this was a macro photo.  To get the desired magnification, i had to have the lens within a foot of the front surface of the beads. However, the depth of field would not extend to back of image, so took 12 images focusing stepwise from front to back, then stitched the images together with Photoshop, to get this image that is in focus from front to back.  til Tomorrow MJ

 

My New Toy

leaf macro 20 medFriends, experimenting with some macro of fall leaves, i know they are gone, but i rescued a few before our snow.  The biggest problem i have with macro is getting all the different planes of focus in focus, so when my cam ranger arrived, i was eager to try it.  This device will allow me to focus the camera with my iPad where i can really see the details.  Also it will step focus thru several planes and capture the depth of field at my lens’ optimum aperture,  then I can run software focus stacking program.  This is my first result. do you like? til Tomorrow MJ

Milkweed 2

milkweed2Friends, I reexamined my milkweed images for the essence of the fall explosion of tiny white hairs that carry the seed on the breezes.  I like the essence of a single seed at the point of hairs emanating from the seed.  I tried to emphasize this point with some special effects from Color Efex Pro.   Do you like? til Tomorrow MJ

 

More Feathers

wood duck under wing detailFriends, under this wing of wood duck, we found layers of feathers, brown and white.  A contrast to his brilliant blue feathers of wing top.  I find their wing feathers very interesting with all the tiny details.  til Tomorrow MJ

 

Wood Duck Feathers

wood duck feathers2Friends, these wood duck feathers look like brush strokes,; the overlapping, fine details , and iridescent colors.  The blue color is not a pigment but rather a structural color, the light is reflected as the full spectrum, that results from the light being bent by  microstructure within the cells.  Perceiving the color is dependent on the angle from which one views.  If you stand ninety degrees from this angle, the iridescence is gone, til Tomorrow MJ

Dead Head

dead head2Friends, a recent trip to the tall grass prairie was a great source of flowers, but also flowers that were past their prime.  I liked the details in this macro shot of a dead head.  If this were on one of my mom’s plants she would pull it off, but out here under the clear blue sky of impending fall, this looked as beautiful as the fresher flowers. til Tomorrow MJ

 

Bee on a Bottle Gentian

fly on gentianFriends, a trip to the tall grass prairie in Iowa we found some bottle gentian that are a pretty shade of blue, but the insects had eaten many of the blossoms, so i chose to concentrate on the bees that were clustered around the,., These blooms are closed on top, but must be very sweet cause the bees were still attracted to them, til Tomorrow MJ

 

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