April: Macros in the Garden 2

During the month of April, Jude has a new theme for her garden photography, Macros or close-ups. Last week I had no macro lens,  but for this week I had bought extension tubes to enable me to effectively get a lot closer using existing lenses. I have a lot to learn, but here are some first attempts!

First up, looking into a Freesia (OK, not exactly a garden shot, but taken in a cafe at a garden, so I thought I might sneak it in)…. This was a hand-held shot:

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And now now for my best shot (hope Paula sees this, she will love it), taken with the camera on a tripod:

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For more macro shots, head over to Jude’s here.

 

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65 comments

  1. Well done, Sue. Both images are very nice, and the veins are captured perfectly.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  2. Not only Paula. I love it too. And the two shots are completely different. I’ll add tripod to my list of things to play with in 11 months! I’m also contemplating a new camera. What’s yours?

    • Sue

      Glad you like it, Meg! You need to get a tripod, I have a small travel one. As to the camera, I used to have Nikons, the last of which was a D300 – I loved it, but it in the end it was much too heavy for me. So on the recommendation of a number of friends, I now have a couple of little Olympus OMDs- an em1 and an em5. Usually I only carry one, but if I’m travelling I will take both so I don’t need to change lenses constantly….

  3. So beautiful, Sue. The freesia is really lovely and your lacy image is out of this world. 🙂

  4. The second one is wonderful.

    In my experience, macros are best done with tripods. You may also want to look into focus stacking – where you take several photos focussed a few mm difference each time and then a program fuses the in focus areas to gather. Worth experimenting with.

    • Sue

      Thanks, Draco! I will look into focus stacking sometime – I recently updated my em1 software, and so I have the capability….

  5. The last one is so beautiful!

  6. Beautiful Sue. Love that second shot particularly.

  7. The freesia is very soft and abstract. The second one is a beauty, but then I do like the lacy skeletons 🙂
    I must use a tripod more often, but they are a pain for carrying around and setting up. Draco’s idea for stacking sounds well worth a consideration. I have used bracketing, but never blended them successfully. So many things to experiment with and so little time!

    • Sue

      A tripod is easy-peasy if you a) have a lightweight travel one and b) you keep a Qplate on the base of your camera at all times… Apropos light tripod, I can’t afford super light carbon fibre, so have a small Slik tripod. The downside is I either have to kneel to use it (and get muddy knees) or bend (not an easy option when you have hopeless core muscles as I do)

      • I think that is the trick – to have the plate attached to the camera. I will give it a go this year as I am sure I can get to gardens when they are not too busy – plus all the wild flowers in the hedgerows.

      • Sue

        That’s the spirit, Jude!

  8. Very pretty and a great time to really take nice photos of flowers. Love it.

  9. An even better motyl! 🙂 🙂

  10. A tripod makes so much difference, but I’m far too lazy! I’m sure you’ll persist!

  11. Sonel

    Stunning captures Sue and I can see you had lots of fun. I see you included one of my most favourites. I just love those beautiful leaves. Really so perfect in its decay. I love it! 😀 ♥

  12. Sue Wow! both are wonderful. the freesia is lovely and abstract in the way of my hero Georgia OKeefe – but yours has a delicacy and gentleness that I really Love!! and the last image with the veins, those negative spaces are dynamite!! wonderful shots 🙂

  13. Your second image is a winner, Sue. Unusual and quite captivating. Had to go back for another look! Well done.

  14. Good for you for trying the tubes Sue. I love them but they do take some getting used to! Loved your second shot especially

  15. The second lacy photo is a beauty and persuades me that I should take the tripod out of the boot of the car!!!

  16. Your last shot is definitely great Sue!

  17. wonderful photo, Sue

  18. I saw it, and you were right. I absolutely love it 🙂 xo

  19. Sue, although you are absolutely not obligated, I’ve nominated you to showcase your exquisite photos in the Seven Days Nature Challenge! If interested in participating, here is the link:
    https://beccagivens.wordpress.com/2016/04/13/seven-day-nature-challenge-3/

  20. As laced, the veins
    of leaves that left,
    your hand in mine;
    before their fall we
    thought the warmth
    would last forever.

  21. The end image …. so perfect – well done. Love the veins – admire you for using a tripod and carry that around – Excellent, Sue… personal too lazy for that.

  22. So happy Bjorn brought you to us at dVerse. On my photo blog, I’m involved in a prompt that will end 4/30–then I would love to see what you have going. I am a newbie to photography and barely know how to use my digital Lumix camera, but love macro-photography especially.

    • Sue

      Hi Victoria! Two or three years ago, I dabbled in poetry. And used to participate in dVerse prompts…alas, my muse fled and I’ve not written any poetry for a couple of years. One day, I shall start writing again…. Glad you liked my photographs.

    • Sue

      Oh, and I meant to ask, where do I find your photo blog?

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