Doing some closeup work of late - flowers really lend themselves to closeup views
And sorry to be so long between posts. For the longest time i couldn't even get Photographica to open on my PC. Glad that's fixed itself.
Today's color is...
Thanks for the feedback on the last post. It's hard to get a clutter free background of these guys. They're facing the absolute wrong direction for me! There's trees behind them at one angle, a dog pen in the other, my neighbor's house, or the station wagon michael has behind the house. But I'll keep trying. I've still got quite a few buds to bloom.
They Call it Mellow Yellow (for the Challenge- Color)
Yellow is the color that mellows me.
All these images are from my yard and garden.
The flowers are taken with my macro lens That I dug out of my camera bag. have not used in a while. all are manual focusing.
This little cutey came to my feeder last week. I took this photo with my 300mm at manual focus also.
Lost in the Willamette Valley
Took a trip down into Oregon this past weekend. The wheat fields inspired me to finally start shooting again.
Since I forgot to bring my own camera, I had to use Shannon's point & shoot deal to take these. Using unfamiliar cameras to do macro shots always makes me nervous; the displays on them make it seem like your shots are in focus but once you pull them off the camera and look at them on a monitor, they can sometimes be blurry.
I'd have liked to had manual focus while taking the Lady Bug shot. Her camera had a very, very hard time figuring out what to focus on. This makes sense because the auto focus on the camera is trying to find high contrast edges in a scene and then adjusting the lens to make them as sharp as possible. Since it is all wheat and the lines are all mixed up, the camera gets confused as to what should be focused on. Her camera had the "magic" mode as well as a centered focus mode. Neither could figure out what I was trying to do. I think I got the shot below by shear luck (and I'll admit to cropping it... the original was landscape, not portrait).
The only modification to these are a slight warming filter in Photoshop.
Anyway... on with the show: