Category: macro

Pure gems

The rain is gone, water drops like immaculate gems found their home on the leaves.

pure gems

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Orange

The same orange slice, two different light setups, two different dramatic degrees.

orange
orange

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Inside the poppy

More testing for the macro mode, this time with the first poppy flower I saw this year.

inside the poppy

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Unforgettable

This forget-me-not flower picture was testing the macro mode on a new lens. The DOF is not bad for f/8.

unforgettable

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Snow flakes close-up

This is as close as I can get to the snow flakes with my existing gear.

snow flakes close-up

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Macro: bubbles

Macro photography of sparkling water and an orange slice.

macro bubbles

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Macro: water drops

Macro photography with drops of water falling down. They hit the surface and then make beautiful shapes.

macro water drops
macro water drops

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Last rose? Yes.

It was an incredibly warm November so far (it won’t last, according with he forecast) so I had a last opportunity for a sunny morning with a lone rose in my garden.

last rose

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Of bees and flowers

The last breath of the flowers, I had the opportunity to capture some classic close-ups with bees, which was a good opportunity, a first test of the macro capabilities of my new lens.

bees and flowers

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Tufanele/Crizanteme = Chrysanthemums

In some parts of the country they call those “tufănele” (especially when the flowers are smaller), the dictionary says “crizanteme”, English is “Chrysanthemums” and in the last few autumns I made a habit to capture a few pictures from my garden. It seems however this will be the last year, the poor flowers are rarer and rarer, dying due to my lack of attention. I have moments of shame for that.

chrysantemum

chrysantemum

chrysantemum

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I miss my lens

Yesterday I arrived home near the midnight, I was tired, with some beers in my system and not very optimistic, it was too much for a pretentious shoot: night, flashes, rain, water drops, improper lens so I postponed it until the morning.

The morning was not much better: it was still raining so the light was bad, the flowers in my garden still faded after a couple of torrid weeks, and most important, my preferred (zoom/macro) lens still missing – the lens is broken and I sent it to the repair shop, will miss it probably for a couple of weeks.

The first scenario I tried was the (prime) 50mm lens with a macro extension ring, the smallest ring in my set – I had to go a little closer than wanted:

rose

The second scenario was the wide lens, 19-35, at the maximum zoom and widest aperture and then a crop around the subject – the DOF was too large, the flower not separated enough from its leaves.
rose

As a conclusion, I was not happy with either, still selected the macro. I miss my lens!

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Snowflake: perfection of the imperfection

In what I presume to be this season’s last winter photoshot I noticed how big and beautiful snowflakes were falling on my camera, it was cold enough they didn’t melt. As you can’t take photos of something sitting on the body of your camera, I chased a few, and tried to shot them from my hand.

The photo is not perfect, as I held the snowflake in the left hand, the camera with the lenses extended to the max in the right hand, in freezing cold and snow over the ankles:

snowflake

Do you know the snowflakes are supposed to be unique, not two identical ones? Each one will have its own imperfections and be distinct. You know, just like people, only the snowflakes are so many more and so ephemeral…

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More bees, more chrysanthemums

A year ago I had a beautiful experience in a warm sunny weekend with the opportunity to take some great shots of bees and chrysanthemums in my garden. This year my garden is in a much worse shape (I totally suck as a gardener) but still a nice couple of days, some flowers and a few bees… and this look like the start of a tradition.

[chrysanthemums and bees] [chrysanthemums and bees] [chrysanthemums and bees]

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Honeysuckle …or someone’s hand :D

After an indirect challenge from Alex I just had to take my own photos of this flower (it was helpful there is a bush hanging on the fence of my garden). And while Alex is remembering the very sweet water drops you can find inside this flower, for me the smell is perhaps what I remember the best.

Honeysuckle

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Sitting like a fly on the… fence

A warm, sunny summer morning… the fly is a being too, with full rights to enjoy the sun.

Fly under the sun

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