Macro

Lemon fizz

It’s been a week of using my macro lens, the first time in a long time. When I started with photography, my plan was to get into macro and closeup photography. It didn’t really work out that way. After watching a couple of idea videos on YouTube, I’ve been really gotten into getting that angle.

These shots are somewhat cliché, but something I’ve always wanted to do. I was making a drink (I’m on a fresh lemon in my drink phase) with fizzy water. Soon as I saw the bubbles, I put the glass in the afternoon sun and went to town.

Loving the sun

When sun comes streaming into the house at the end of the day, the plants point to the sun and soak it up.

I pointed my macro lens to the happy leaves. The light brings out the details in the leaves. These images are straight from camera with only slight adjustments to the structure to pull out extra detail.

Both pictures are also lit with only sunlight. In exposing for the leaves, the background naturally dark due to the fast shutter speed helping to pop the subject to the foreground.

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Pink Splash plant

Guitar strings

With the sunny afternoons, I’ve been putting items in the sun – the brightest light available – and working with my macro lens.

Here is my acoustic guitar around the sound hole and strings. The strings I use have a coating on them to help them stay “fresh” longer. You can see what looks like the string is shedding its skin. I never noticed this until this picture.

Macro droplets

When ideas strike, you take action.

While ironing shirts, I noticed some water leaked from the iron. The ironing board treatment made the water ball up. After finishing up the shirts, I made some new water droplets and broke out the macro lens and set to work.

The afternoon sun was coming through the window for some natural light.

Textures

On a recent outing to take my son to an appointment, I had some time to kill. Good old quarantine means I can’t wait in the waiting room. So I wandered around the location. I planned ahead, and brought my Fuji X100T with me. Such a great little camera.

I found an old structure and used the morning sun and the macro feature of the camera to shoot a few closeups of the weathered wood.

Alien macro photos

We picked up this really neat flower on sale. One of those end-of-season things. It is a slow bloomer but the flowers that come are awesome. The other day I took to it with my X-T1 and 60mm macro lens. Here are a couple shots. Without context, it looks like something from another planet. Or a Dr. Seuss book.

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Shoo Fly

Trying to keep the photography going. Again, an evening outside after work, a fly landed on the chair next to me and was eating away at something. Probably Chipmunk poop or something. Enough that it didn’t care I was there. I had the Fuji X-T1 and the 60mm lens for the birds. As a bonus, its a macro lens. So I was able to get really close.

This is a fairly extreme crop, but still, cool how close I managed it.

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Purple rain

Its been a dry month in Ottawa. I think it hasn’t rained since early May. So I’ve taken to lightly watering the grass and plants. No too much, since the city decided it wanted more revenue from water so jacked the rates by 6%.

But I digress. I was watering the flowers and such and saw the way the droplets appeared on the flowers. I grabbed my Fuji X-T1 and 60mm macro and made some pictures. This is one of those.

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My friend suggested the title “Purple Rain”. Somewhat fitting since the death of Prince. I was never  a big fan of his (just his style doesn’t totally jive with mine), but I respected him as an artist and musician. He could really wail on the guitar.

The Meeting

While raking the leaves and getting ready for Halloween, I noticed around the lamp in the front yard, a group of Ladybugs. I ran inside and grabbed the tripod, Fuji X-T1 and the 60mm macro to shoot a few shots of them.

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Busy as a…

With the news of the bee population dwindling because of pesticides, its nice to have a plant that attracts so many of the insects. I have a Sedum that when it flowers, is covered in bees of various types. I broke out the X-T1, 60mm macro lens and tripod to get some close up shots. The bonus being that the bees are so busy collecting pollen and such, they don’t care that the lens is so close to them.

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