Posts Tagged green

Sunshine Superman

This Lady’s Slipper orchid just made me think of that song with it’s bright yellow and green colors and the light shining through it.

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Very Old and Unusual Car #6 – Wicker 1924 Model T

Bet you’ve never seen anything like this before and you are going to love it’s story!  This car, as the story goes, was covered in wicker when it was first purchased and taken to a town in Michigan which – wait for it – was the home of a wicker baby buggy company.  Feel free to try and say that three times fast now.   It is a one of a kind vehicle in pristine and working condition and affectionately called Basket Case 🙂

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That’s not the shape of my heart…

But it is the shape of an anthurium plant; commonly known as tail flower, flamingo flower and lace leaf.  It’s a very pretty plant but it is also poisonous with sap that is irritating to the eyes and skin.    Besides the rotating exhibits,  the conservatory has permanent exhibits like this plant in the tropical wing.  They do a great job of making sure each and every plant (and living creature) has what it needs to thrive.

Trivia Question:  Can anyone tell me the name of the song and the singer that the post title comes from?

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Wordless Wednesday – Susan’s eyes in color

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Having a Van Gogh moment…

He was a beautiful tortured soul and because of his work (and a Doctor Who episode that actually made me cry) I cannot help but think of him when near sunflowers.  These flowers always make me think of summer and turning my face too towards the sun.

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A trillium grows on the forest floor – Wordless Wednesday

F5.6 – 1/400 – ISO 100 – 35mm – Canon 5D M3

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I, Butterfly – The color edition plus some words about macro photography

Here is yesterday’s beauty in all of her colorful glory.  I have no idea what kind of butterfly this is but she makes being green easy.  What is macro photography?  Macro photography as defined by Wikipedia as….

“Macro photography (or photomacrography[1] or macrography,[2] and sometimes macrophotography[3]), is extreme close-up photography, usually of very small subjects, in which the size of the subject in the photograph is greater than life size (though macrophotography technically refers to the art of making very large photographs).[2][4] By some definitions, a macro photograph is one in which the size of the subject on the negative or image sensor is life size or greater.[5] However in other uses it refers to a finished photograph of a subject at greater than life size.”

Or as I like to phrase it, photographing things very very close up or photographing small things in a manner that results in the photo being greater than the objects real size, ie. tiny bug in real life but big bug in the photograph.  Do you need a special camera or lens to do macro photography? Not really.  It can help but it isn’t necessary.  Many cameras today come with a macro setting on them while those of us with DSLR’s sometimes have dedicated macro lenses that we can add extension tubes to to really get in there.  I’ve never used extension tubes so I cannot speak for them but I have seen some amazing work by those who have.  I use a Canon EF 100mm F2.8 L macro lens which is fantastic for macro photography and portrait work too!

Macro photography requires a lot of stability hence the use most often of a tripod.  I have taken many photos without one but it meant I had to hold very still or balance the camera on something steady.  Many macro photographers use a remote shutter release along with their tripods to help with shake issues.  I tend to use the inhale, hold breath, push shutter button method to capture my images but there are times when nothing but a tripod will do. Unless you only want one tiny bit of your subject in sharp focus – which can happen with macro photography because of such a small depth of field – you need enough light in order to balance out your shutter speed, aperture, and ISO to get a good image.  This can be accomplished by shooting with enough natural light or using flash.  There are special flashes made for macro photography.

Manual focusing works best in my opinion with macro photography because you will be very close to your subject and you will want to get the image as sharp and clear as possible.  Sometimes auto-focusing is necessary especially if you are photographing something that is bound to move quickly on you like a butterfly… which leads us to patience.  Macro photography is not speedy photography; it takes patience even when your subject matter is holding perfectly still and more so when it is something that moves.  I’ve had to inch my way in closer and closer to an insect I was trying to capture with stopping and holding still so as not to scare them away in order to get the shot.  Most times that method works but not always.  After capturing your subject matter,  some cropping in post production may be necessary before you get the image to your liking but when you do you will have a photograph of a part of the world that many do not see.

Do you do macro photography?  Share with us what you photograph and how.

 

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