Macro

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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Obligatory Flower Shot

when you gat a camera, and start making images, one thing you do is make images of flowers. As a matter of fact, some nine years ago, when I bought my first dSLR – a Nikon D50, my first shot when the battery had charged was a flower on the Clamatis in the backyard. I’ve taken many a flower shot since.

But I haven’t for a long time, deciding to not go for the trivial.

However, this shot breaks that. It wasn’t on purpose. I was shooting the bees on the Sedum plant (photo to come soon) and I just pointed the camera a this flower and pressed the shitter button.
Shot with the Fuji X-T1 and the 60mm f2.8 Macro. No post processing. What you see is what I shot.

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Tiny Bubbles

XT013300Inspiration comes from from anywhere. This was a glass of water on the bedside table. The water had little bubbles in it, and the light from the sunshine outside gave it a nice backlight. I grabbed my X-T1 and used the 60mm macro.

 

Bunny Kisses

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My walk around, everyday camera is a Fuji XPro-1. I have a couple of prime lenses for it, and although it took some time to get used to the quirkiness of it (being used to using a dSLR), I have come to love the camera and its quality.

Recently, Fuji announced a new 56mm f1.2 lens (85mm equivalent on a 35mm camera). Ooooh! I thought, that’s one of my favourite focal lengths. Well, at a price tag of $1300 after the Canadian government has its “fair” share, its a bit steep. I then had a second look at the existing 60mm (90mm equivalent) lens at f2.4. It is currently on sale, and at half the price, seems like something interesting. But, I thought, its only 2.4. But then I thought about it. My main Nikon pro lenses are maxed out at f2.8 (save a couple of primes). So, it is actually faster. And again, half the price. 

I spent a week looking at reviews and mulling it over, only to have the price win out, and picked one up. I can say I’m totally impressed and happy with it. I mean, just look at the photo above. That’s at ISO 3200, no crop. Looks great. And I noticed the catch light in the rabbit’s eye. I zoomed in, and I can see not only the lamp in the reflection, but my laptop as well.

The detail is in the eyes.

The detail is in the eyes.

 Yeah it hunts a bit on focusing in low light. In normal light its fine. I can live with it.