Close-Up

Squared – SQ92

Yesterday morning started off way better than the forecast had predicted. We were suppose to get some rain, possibly not until later in the day, but looking out the window there was no clue what was on the way. There was a nice heavy dew on the ground and because I was a little lazy about mowing my lawn I had an enormous amount of dandelions sprouting up everywhere. Yes, it was time to put the macro lens on the camera, dust off the tripod and go out dandelion hunting. OK, maybe it wasn’t as dramatic as all that and yes, I have been consistently shooting the little weeds, but it did sound nice, right?

I was looking for something a little different to capture. I also thought I would try the new focus stacking option of my camera. This is an option that will change the focal plane backwards and forwards from the initial location, combine all the images and output a file that has a greater band of in-focus in the image than would normally be possible. I did manage to get an image, but I am still processing it so you are being forewarned, it is coming… 🙂

Today’s image just looked cool to me.  The morning dew was hanging on the the dandelion and giving it a subdued look.  I focused on the seed at the center of the head but due to my orientation some of the white parachute ends are also in focus.  If you zoom in on the image you will be able to see all the water droplets clinging to the dandelion.

 

MLCreations Photography: Squared &emdash; Close-Up

Close-Up
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 60mm f/2.8 Macro, 1/80s, f/5.6, ISO 200

Crescent

Squared – SQ62

Summer always brings me back to the dandelions. There is something about the intricacies of the seeds and the shapes that are created that fascinate me. It doesn’t hurt that my yard is always full. I gave up a long time ago trying to remove them, now I just live with them.

Crescent Nikon D7100, Nikkor 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5, 1/60s, 85mm, f/5.6, ISO 200

Crescent
Nikon D7100, Nikkor 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5, 1/60s, 85mm, f/5.6, ISO 200

Implosion

Squared – SQ34

Earlier in the week I posted an image of a lilac blossom that was taken using in-camera multiple exposures. I had seen an article online about the technique and realized the menu system the article navigated to show how to achieve the effect was from a Nikon camera. I quickly checked my camera and sure enough I had the same option. I ended up grabbing the tripod and running outside which yielded the lilac image.

I can safely say I was hooked once I looked at the images I had captured. Last night I went out at sunset to grab a few pictures and decided to play again with the technique. This image was taken using three exposures and surprisingly was done hand held. I know I have a fascination with the dandelions but once they turn to seed I think the delicate structure is beautiful. They also lend themselves to a wonderful B&W conversion.

Implosion Nikon D5100, Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4, 1/200s, 70mm, f/5.6, ISO 400

Implosion
Nikon D5100, Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4, 1/200s, 70mm, f/5.6, ISO 400, in-camera multiple exposure

Dandelions

Weekly Photo Theme – Dandelions

It was my turn to select the weekly theme and I returned to a subject that was at the beginning of my photographic journey… dandelions! Long time readers will remember a few posts about dandelions. I hope this one will show some growth in my photography skills. Dandelions are a convenient subject as my yard is usually quite full of them this time of year. Although I have been exploring and capturing a few dandelion portraits the past few days I was able to get the three ‘keepers’ for this week one beautiful night after work. I did have to crawl on my stomach in the yard to get the good angle. lol

Glisten Nikon D5100, Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4, 1/400s, 70mm, f/11, ISO 200

Glisten
Nikon D5100, Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4, 1/400s, 70mm, f/11, ISO 200

A Yard with a View Nikon D5100, Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4, 1/500s, 70mm, f/8, ISO 200

A Yard with a View
Nikon D5100, Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4, 1/500s, 70mm, f/8, ISO 200

Half Moon Nikon D5100, Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4, 1/320s, 70mm, f/8, ISO 200

Half Moon
Nikon D5100, Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4, 1/320s, 70mm, f/8, ISO 200