Posts Tagged ‘Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Devices Photo Challenge: Macro’

For Christmas, I was given an Olloclip and although I don’t have it down yet, I’m pleased with this result taken   outside my parents’ home in Arizona earlier this year.  This week we’re supposed to experience temperatures that contain two digits, not one, and none with a minus in front of it.  That’s progress and since it’s light longer now, I’m feeling spring!

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The day the Lord created hope was probably the same day he created Spring.
~Bern Williams

Spring has returned. The Earth is like a child that knows poems.
~Rainer Maria Rilke

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Sitting quietly, doing nothing,
Spring comes, and the grass grows by itself.
~Lao Tzu

Spring unlocks the flowers to paint the laughing soil.
~Bishop Reginald Heber

Again and again I go to nature for macro shots.  The beauty that’s obvious at first glance is revealed to have more and more layers the closer I get.  Colors, textures, shapes–all take on a new and different look and feel when viewed as an insect would see them.                                      

Imagine being encircles by a hedge of purple while sitting on a chair of bright yellow dots.

What’s that? A leaf in my path. I’ll go around. I don’t like the crunchy feel of dead leaves.

Imagine sipping dew from the hairs of a flower.

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We stopped to look at a lake and I wandered off to take photos of some more mushrooms.  On my way back, I spotted this, another example of why I’m enthralled with close-ups of water drops on flowers, leaves, etc.  Turning the camera sideways and lowering it made the difference in this shot.  How fortuitous that this week’s Phoneography Challenge is “Macro.”  🙂

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There’s something so seductive about macros of flowers that I find it difficult to do anything else.  During my morning walk in “my” park, I’m constantly stopping to get just that perfect photo…and then another and another.  Sometimes I get home and find that the perfect shot is perfectly out of focus.  But then at other times, something magical shows up and I’m filled with excitement.  Here are two of my current favorites (at least when I did this post.)  🙂  I can’t decide which I like better.  What do you think?

If you like to take photos with any non-traditional camera, you’re invited join the weekly Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Photo Challenge,  live every Monday morning at Lens and Pens by Sally.  We’d love to have you.

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 “Nobody sees a flower – really – it is so small it takes time – we haven’t time – and to see takes time, like to have a friend takes time.”
~Georgia O’Keeffe, Georgia O’Keeffe

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“A flower blossoms for its own joy.”
~Oscar Wilde

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“I will be the gladdest thing
Under the sun!
I will touch a hundred flowers
And not pick one.”
~Edna St. Vincent Millay, “Afternoon on a Hill”

Let’s take a quick break from our vacation in Wyoming (which I hope you’ve been following), and fly (free) back to France for this week’s them:  “Macro.”  I cropped the original photo, saturated just slightly, then used Lomo-ish for drama.  Of course the framing is also courtesy of Picasa 3 (free and worth every penny you don’t have to pay).  I hope you like the finished product as well as I do.  More Wyoming posts will be coming up and eventually, more about France as well, so stay tuned.

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Murphy’s Law of Photo Challenges dictates that last Friday, I posted the photo that first came to mind for this challenge and one of my favorite macros.  If you’d like to see it, it’s here.

One of the fascinating things about macro photography, the theme for this week’s Phoneography Challenge,  is the discovery of the unexpected in the photo.  Sometimes I notice it when focusing my phone, but often I don’t see it until later, when my photos have transferred to my iPad and are larger.  The unexpected in the case of flowers is generally a bug of some sort and even though bugs tend to…well…bug off if I get too close, they often end up as major features of the photo.  Here are some unexpected visitors I encountered recently on my walks through the park and around the small lake near our house.

Today I’m taking a break from all things French, but we plan to be on the route of today’s stage of the Tour de France, hopefully at the finish line area.  Perhaps you’ll spot us on TV if you’re a fan.  Back tomorrow with more from France.

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I’ve been watching spring make her way towards summer day by day.  Some flowers and their perfume have come and gone; green becomes more predominant color; baby geese begin to lose their cuteness and look more like adults.  But the nights are still cool and the mornings dew-bedecked if I walk early enough.

Today’s challenge is “Macro.”

“Is the spring coming?” he said. “What is it like?”…
“It is the sun shining on the rain and the rain falling on the sunshine…”
~Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

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“It’s spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you’ve got it, you want—oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!”
~Mark Twain

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“Most of the dandelions had changed from suns into moons.”
~Vladimir Nabokov

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All photos were edited in Picasa 3.  Except for the obvious additions such as frame and copyright, the only large edit is in the last photo, in which I used Lomo-ish.