Daisy Blues

In The Yard – ITY69
Squared – SQ144

  

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Daisy Blues

Daisy Blues
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 60mm f/2.8 Macro, 1/60s, f/2.8, ISO 200

 

Looking for Love

In The Yard – ITY68

  

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Looking for Love

Looking for Love
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 60mm f/2.8 Macro, 1/500s, f/2.8, ISO 200

 

Open

Squared – SQ143
In The Yard – ITY67

  

MLCreations Photography: Squared &emdash; Open

Open
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 60mm f/2.8 Macro, 1/500s, f/2.8, ISO 100

 

Head Shot

In The Yard – ITY65
Dandelion

  

MLCreations Photography: Monochrome &emdash; Head Shot

Head Shot
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 60mm f/2.8 Macro, 1/160s, f/5.6, ISO 200

 

Ready to Fly

Squared – SQ142
Dandelion

Early in the afternoon the sun started shine but I still had a few hours left before the workday would be over. Mother Nature was setting me up for a race, could I complete my work and enjoy the sun before the rain started? Luckily for me, I typically start work early and at 3pm I called it a day. I was going to use any advantage I could to feel sun on my face and enjoy the 78o temperature.

The dandelions had proliferated in the yard outside my apartment so I didn’t have to venture far to capture a few images while the sun warmed me up. Although the ground was still damp from the morning sprinkle I compensated by grabbing a grocery bag, the kind you had to buy when the state disallowed plastic bags, and used it kneel on as I captured my macro view on the yard.

It was a good thing I finished work early because by 4pm the sky darkened and the clouds opened up. It was a torrential downpour! The cats were not happy with the thunder rumbling along as the rain pooled in the yard. By the time it was done I had a little lake outside my living room window.

I switched up my view of this dandelion by placing the camera low and underneath it. The sky was only starting to darken and the lighter background would change the look of the dandelion seeds. I typically use the grass as a background to highlight the entire head of the dandelion, but with the almost white background you have to focus on the seeds backed by the interior of the dandelion head.

I like the monochrome look for most of my dandelion images and this one was no different. I did change it up slightly and applied a split tone effect. This is where you add a slight color to the highlights and shadows of a black & white image. For this particular image I added some very muted yellow to the highlights and blue to the shadows. When balanced well it can create a striking enhancement to an image.

  

MLCreations Photography: Squared &emdash; Ready to Fly

Ready to Fly
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 60mm f/2.8 Macro, 1/2000s, f/2.8, ISO 200

 

Escape

In The Yard – ITY64

At times I am an opportunistic photographer, maybe all photographers are to a certain degree. The sky was blue most of the day and it was going to be a bright sunset. I wasn’t decided on where I should go to catch the last of the light when I noticed the yard had dandelions starting to seed. Well, that changed everything.

The macro lens was still on the camera and there were pockets of sunlight streaking through the trees. I didn’t have to give it a second thought… yard exploring it was! I can imagine my fellow residents of the apartment complex were curious as to why this mad man was crawling around the yard on his knees photographing the weeds. 🙂

This image was the first subject I found. I loved the look of one seed caught while trying to escape. The wind was not quit enough to allow it its freedom. Patience rules as it awaits the next strong breeze…

  

MLCreations Photography: Monochrome &emdash; Escape

Escape
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 60mm f/2.8 Macro, 1/125s, f/2.8, ISO 200

 

Little Purple

In The Yard – ITY63
Squared – SQ140

  

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Little Purple

Little Purple
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 60mm f/2.8 Macro, 1/640s, f/2.8, ISO 200