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Macro photography - the world up close and personal!


{Photography.25.1}: Which Hazel? {hazel2} Tue, 05 Aug 2003 15:36:58 CDT (4 lines)

Macro photographs can be a window to a world we often miss. Shooting
ultra close up can also present its own set of hair-pulling
challenges! This is a topic to share your close up views of things,
and to talk about how to make these kinds of photos even better.


{Photography.25.2}: Which Hazel? {hazel2} Tue, 05 Aug 2003 15:44:36 CDT (HTML)

OK, to start thing off, here's one of mine - something I collected from the beach. It's a type of tiny jellyfish, commonly called "By-the-Wind Sailor" (Velella velella). They make an annual migration and wash up on the northern California beaches by the millions every spring.


{Photography.25.3}: Elizabeth Lower-Basch {izbit} Tue, 05 Aug 2003 15:55:42 CDT (1 line)

That's lovely


{Photography.25.4}: Judy Johnson {judy} Tue, 05 Aug 2003 17:12:05 CDT (1 line)



{Photography.25.5}: Becky {scribbler} Tue, 05 Aug 2003 17:51:32 CDT (6 lines)


What lighting did you use there, Which?

(that query could be construed as the start of a "Who's on first?"
sort of exchange...)


{Photography.25.6}: Cleophus {cleophus} Tue, 05 Aug 2003 20:33:32 CDT (4 lines)

Oh Lord, that's a good one.
It looks like glass or melting ice.
And the way the light hits it... Mmmmmm....


{Photography.25.7}: Kai Hagen {kai} Tue, 05 Aug 2003 20:59:44 CDT (HTML)

Very nice, Hazel!

We've been at Point Reyes a few times when zillions of those guys washed up on the beach. I like this look at them.


{Photography.25.8}: Amanda Peck {amanda615} Wed, 06 Aug 2003 00:00:26 CDT (9 lines)


Close-up but NOT macro at all.  I took a very dull picture of a cedar
tree with an Iris in front of it, discovered that if I played with it
a while, blew up into individual pixels I got lots and lots of
figures and faces.  Here's one:



{Photography.25.9}: Which Hazel? {hazel2} Wed, 06 Aug 2003 01:17:33 CDT (10 lines)

Amanda, that's a neat color combination and effect in that photo. Is
there any way we can see it larger?

Thanks for the comments! These little jellyfish came from McClure's
Beach, in Pt. Reyes. I brought them home and put them in a glass
pieplate with a little water so they wouldn't dry out. Put the
pieplate on a black surface so the textures in the transparency would
show up. (They're clear, like a fresnel lens with a handblown glass
sail!). Shot them in the afternoon sunlight, which was coming from the
left side and sort of behind me a little, and low in the sky.


{Photography.25.10}: Doug White {dwhite} Wed, 06 Aug 2003 14:39:27 CDT (2 lines)

I sailed through huge patches of those jellyfish last month.  I enjoy
the extreme close-up view of them!  Thanks.


{Photography.25.11}: Which Hazel? {hazel2} Thu, 07 Aug 2003 11:19:55 CDT (HTML)

Here's another close-up, a California poppy bud shedding its skin. I love this flower as a subject - every day they change form as they mature, and they close up at night and on cloudy days.


{Photography.25.12}: Kai Hagen {kai} Thu, 07 Aug 2003 11:25:18 CDT (1 line)



{Photography.25.13}: Suzanne Griffith {sggriffith} Thu, 07 Aug 2003 17:31:50 CDT (1 line)

Very cool!


{Photography.25.14}: Cleophus {cleophus} Thu, 07 Aug 2003 18:17:03 CDT (1 line)

Hazel, your work is impressive.


{Photography.25.15}: S2 {deadmanguru} Thu, 07 Aug 2003 19:06:06 CDT (4 lines)

i love that poppy photo, hazel. the colors are great and the repeated
forms in the background are very cool. one of the things i like abt
macro photography is the mysterious backgrounds that appear out of
the blur, looming forms and echos.


{Photography.25.16}: from S2 {kai} Thu, 07 Aug 2003 19:35:50 CDT (HTML)

"i recently bought my first "real" camera; that is, not a point and shoot but a high res digital, tlv with great macro. as a result i've spent the last month or so minutely examining my dooryard, the dooryard of my s2dio and the quarter mile of gravel road that connects them. the s2dio has no plumbing and i would find myself out watering the bushes when some *must photograph* thing would catch my eye and i'd be like "come on, comeon..." and then running back to the s2dio for the camera then running back out hoping that i could find that weird leaf or that cool bug is still waiting there for me, whatever. so now i have it fit into a nice hip pouch and i take it everywhere which resulted in this picture (and some extrodinarily long peebreaks.) this bug is enjoying it's dinner, you can see the bits on the leaf below it. it was distracted enough for me to close in on it and get several good shots before it finished up and left."

Attachment: S2bugsdinner_01sm.jpg (12K)


{Photography.25.17}: Kai Hagen {kai} Thu, 07 Aug 2003 19:37:00 CDT (HTML)

Sorry that is all lower case, Stu. You sent it to me as all caps, and I meant to fix it, but accidentally switched all the letters! :-)


{Photography.25.18}: Amanda Peck {amanda615} Thu, 07 Aug 2003 22:15:40 CDT (10 lines)

Larger tree spirit? Sure.  contrasted it a bit (maybe too much), then
added a bunch of pixels.


(although if it's easy for you to do the simplest way is to save it
to your pictures file and open the silly thing in your editing
program--in general, not just for this picture--and then you can
change colors, add grafitti, and so on)


{Photography.25.19}: S2 {deadmanguru} Fri, 08 Aug 2003 07:02:30 CDT (2 lines)

thanks Kai. actually that was all lower case letters. the font i used
uses the same design for lower and upper case, only a size difference.


{Photography.25.20}: from S2... {kai} Sun, 10 Aug 2003 01:33:03 CDT (HTML)

Weird. Cause it looks all caps in my e-mail program, but copied and pasted to all lower case in the Cafe.

Here is another close up image from Stu:

Attachment: S2lichen_13sm.jpg (61K)


{Photography.25.21}: Diane Hamilton {dianeh} Sun, 10 Aug 2003 13:21:36 CDT (1 line)

That's beautiful, Stu.


{Photography.25.22}: Which Hazel? {hazel2} Sun, 10 Aug 2003 23:25:22 CDT (6 lines)

oooooo, more fungus! Geez, that looks like it belongs on some other
planet, Stu. Verrry nice! I love that out of focus chartrusey green
area with that hot salmon orange.

(Been out of town for a few days; thanks all for the nice comments
about my earlier poppy bud pic!)


{Photography.25.23}: Kai Hagen {kai} Mon, 11 Aug 2003 08:40:33 CDT (HTML)

That's an amazing lichen, Stu.

You northerners get most of the great lichen! :-)


{Photography.25.24}: Becky {scribbler} Mon, 11 Aug 2003 08:47:38 CDT (7 lines)

Stopping by later, adding my "wow!"s to all.
Love the macro stuff. I hope to have a decent shot of some Indian
pipes from yesterday, but have to wait till the roll is finished.
No digital here.

Amanda, I love the tree spirit! Knew they had to be in there
somewhere. ;)


{Photography.25.25}: S2 {deadmanguru} Mon, 11 Aug 2003 09:22:00 CDT (7 lines)

Words to go whith the lichen pic

To the east of the S2dio is an area of exposed rock, a ledge,
on which grows a garden of lichen. That photo was taken there.
Around here taking such a picture can be an ordeal, stretched
out full length on the ground like a mosquito buffet peering into
my camera.


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