Tuesday, October 08, 2013

macro photos

Header Challenge: macro photos

October 9, 2013

This week's challenge is macro photos, selected by Fishing Guy. Check out my  pals for their interpretations on this theme: Fishing Guy, Katney, Imac, Lew, and Christine Anne.

 [click on any image to enlarge]

A fuzzy moth on fuzzy flowers... it's like velcro!

This shot is so sharp, you can see that the bee is wearing contact lenses!

This one is my favorite, because if you click to enlarge, you will see that he's actually cross-eyed.

Obviously pulled from the archives, because we haven't had snow for a few months, but this snowflake was on my windshield.

DO enlarge this one, and get a load of that texture... you can almost FEEL it!
 Sometimes the process of capturing a photo is as much fun to show as the final product.  That's the case with the ant I trapped.  I used a strand of copper wire to loop over its abdomen, and then taped the wire down to hold this ant in place.  The light was too strong from my flashlight, so I covered it with tissue and tape.  The camera was on a tripod, and I enlarged the live image in the viewfinder to manually set the focus.  Then, I released this ant back to the peonies, where it was working to open up the buds.


The bees have never bothered me while I hovered around them taking pictures.  They usually let me get real close, too.  It's easy... just no sudden moves.  The original photo from my header is one of three displayed on the wall of my office.


imac said...

Bee my friend Craver eh!
Grand Macro shots here, interesting info on the shot you worked on too.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Craver: Very cool work on the macros, enjoyed your work with the ant.

heritagemom said...

Love your bee! I really like when you get so close you can see the grains of pollen. Thanks for posting the how-to behind the scenes. Neat to see the lengths you'll go to to get that shot. :)

Katney said...

I love using my macro setting when I am out and about on a hike. I have lots of bees--could have searched out several, but none would have measured up to this one.

Lew said...

Telling an ant to sit still is not much more effective as telling a 1 year old kid. I like your capture of the taking of the picture! And the bee is exquisite!

Jackie said...

I love to enlarge your photos, Craver.
Such detail....and wonder.
Beautifully captured (especially the ant photo...(no pun intended.)
Love your work....

Anonymous said...

You did a lot of work to get the picture. I like macro photography and did a lot of it several years ago.

lime said...

that spider is truly creepy. LOVE the snowflake though


Haddock said...

He is indeed cross eyed.