MACRO MOMENTS “THE PEOPLE’S CHOICE”…And the Winner Is!

 Congratulations to Hailey, the Macro Moments:  Week 8 ” People’s Choice” Photo Challenge winner!  Hailey was the challenge winner two weeks in a row, chosen the first week by  me and the second week by all of you!

 Hailey’s photo of a nest of bluebird eggs received 22.5% of the votes in the poll which was included in Macro Moments Week 9.

https://chroniclesofanormal.com/2016/08/10/macro-moments-week-8/

 https://musinwithsusan.com/2016/08/17/macro-moments-challenge-week-9/

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Hailey’s blog is “Chronicles of A Normal”   Please pay her a visit.  https://chroniclesofanormal.com/

The following bloggers also submitted wonderful entries to “The People’s Choice” challenge.  Pay them a visit to view their work and if I missed anybody, please let me know!

https://nowathome.wordpress.com/2016/08/10/macro-moments-challenge-week-8/

https://thegirlthatdreamsawake.wordpress.com/2016/08/10/macro-moments-week-8/

https://snaphappi.wordpress.com/2016/08/10/macro-moments-week-8/

https://theonlyd800inthehameau.com/2016/08/10/macro-moments-week-8/

https://closetoyoublog.wordpress.com/2016/08/10/macro-moments-week-8/

https://attaleuntold.wordpress.com/2016/08/10/the-beetles-the-fab-1/

https://zombieflamingoes.com/2016/08/10/macro-moments-challenge-week-8/

https://attaleuntold.wordpress.com/2016/08/11/watch-the-birdy-ark-to-the-rescue/

https://angloswiss-chronicles.com/2016/08/12/macro-moments-challenge-week-8/

https://visionsofadaydreamer.wordpress.com/2016/08/14/macro-moments-challenge-week-8/

https://learawrites.wordpress.com/2016/08/13/macro-moments-challenge-week-8/

https://yzhengblog.wordpress.com/2016/08/14/macro-moments-week-8/

https://thestorytellersabode.wordpress.com/2016/08/14/macro-moments-week-8/

https://ayoungretirement.wordpress.com/2016/08/15/macro-moments-week-8/

 

 

 

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Macro Moments Challenge: Week 10

Welcome to Macro Moments Challenge: Week 10 and  thank you to everyone who entered last week with our theme of “Inaminate Objects”!   For this week’s challenge we are back to no specific theme,  just “Macro”. 

Congratulations to “The Only Deadhead in the Hameau”, at theonlyd800inthehameau for winning this week’s inanimate objects challenge with his photo of three matchsticks, taken during a macro photography class.   I loved the starkness of the matches against a black background.  Please pay “the Deadhead” a visit and view his work

Macro Moments: Week 9

 Macro Moments Week 9 Winner

 

 This is a place to share the beauty of macro photography and learn from each other.  Please join in!  A new challenge begins each Wednesday, and I announce the winner from the previous week when I post the new challenge. The winner’s photo will be featured on this blog used as the banner in the announcement for the next week’s challenge, unless I am requested not to use it. 

Instructions for participating in the challenge are found at the end of this post.

I follow a number of professional photographers on-line, and one of my favorites is Gerry Van der Walt of Wild Eye http://www.wild-eye.co.za/ .  His team leads amazing photo safaris and he posts lots of instructional articles on the website and videos on You Tube (search for “Wild Eye”). Just recently an article appeared on my Facebook page called “Behind the Frame (Macro Photography): Cape Thick-toed Gecko portrait” http://www.wild-eye.co.za/behind-the-frame-macro-photography-cape-thick-toed-gecko-portrait/.  You might want to check it out.

If you have been following my backyard quest for butterflies, you know that I recently planted milkweed to attract them.  The plants are still quite small but are attracting some interesting “appendages”.  I have no idea what the golden/yellow things are or the name of the little beetle (if that’s what it is).  Maybe some of you can enlighten us.

Both photos were shot with my  Olympus OM-D E-M5 camera and my Olympus M.60mm f.2.8 macro lens,handheld, edited in LR. Hover over each photo to see the camera settings. 

Here’s how the challenge works:

  • Choose a favorite macro photo  from the past week or from your archives. 
  • Create a new post on your blog entitled “Macro Moments: Week (insert week)“.
  • Add the photo to your post and a brief description. I would love to know, as I am sure others would, too,  what camera and lens you used and your settings.
  • You may submit more than one photo, but submit each in a separate post if you want to be included in the judging.
  • Deadline for submitting your entries is 8:00 a.m. Tuesday, Pacific Time.
  • Create a * pingback to this post and/or leave a link to your post in the comments section.
  • Tag your post Macro Moments so others can find it.

If you’re not sure how to create a pingback,  Here are instructions

The following bloggers also submitted entries in last week’s challenge. A couple weren’t eligible for the judging because they weren’t inanimate, but I’ve listed them anyway.  Pay a visit to view their work and if I missed anybody, please let me know!

https://zombieflamingoes.com/2016/08/17/macro-moments-challenge-week-9/

https://cxianliu.wordpress.com/2016/08/16/a-bee-on-ornamental-onion/

https://learawrites.wordpress.com/2016/08/17/macro-moments-challenge-week-9/

https://thegirlthatdreamsawake.wordpress.com/2016/08/18/macro-momentsweek-9/

https://angloswiss-chronicles.com/2016/08/18/macro-moments-challenge-week-9/

https://closetoyoublog.wordpress.com/2016/08/19/macro-moments-week-9/

https://yzhengblog.wordpress.com/2016/08/20/macro-moments-week-9/

https://nowathome.wordpress.com/2016/08/22/macro-moments-challenge-week-9/

https://thestorytellersabode.wordpress.com/2016/08/22/macro-moments-week-9/

 

 

 

 

 

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Monkey mom snatches a second baby: A photo essay on how the story unfolds in my suburban garden

We saw lots of Vervet monkeys on our trip to South Africa and I found this story on Carol’s new blog fascinating and beautifully documented.

letting nature back in

This post is in the form of a photo essay documenting what happened after a vervet monkey mother, nursing a baby of her own, suddenly took a smaller baby from another mother. 

Although it is common for juvenile and female monkeys to take an interest in infant monkeys and to want to touch and even hold the infants, this is the only time I have seen a monkey with her own small baby take another baby and without permission. This may be unusual or rare behaviour, and it is rare to capture it on camera in a suburban garden.

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Please Cast Your Vote!

Only two more days to cast your vote for the winning photo in the  “People’s Choice Awards “Macro Moments Challenge! Below is a link to the Week 9 Challenge which contains all of the entries and the poll.  You don’t need to have entered a photo to vote, but only one vote per person allowed. Please enjoy the beautiful photos and join in!

https://musinwithsusan.com/2016/08/17/macro-moments-challenge-week-9/.

 

Macro Moments Challenge: Week 9

This week, you, my blog visitors, get to vote for the winner of last week’s challenge!  

The gallery below contains all of the wonderful entries!  Now you know how hard it is for me to choose each week!  Look carefully at each entry and choose the one that you think is the best all around, considering it’s detail, composition and the story that it tells. Then cast your vote (only one vote allowed per person) in the poll below the gallery.  You do not have to be a participant in the challenge to vote!  The winner will be announced next week.

Hover over each photo if you don’t see it’s number–

Our weekly challenge also continues this week, with the theme “Inanimate Object”.  

For the purpose of the challenge, inanimate is defined as neither plant or animal.

I shot this chess piece and ladybug pin when I was learning to use my macro lens

A new challenge begins each Wednesday, and I announce the winner from the previous week when I post the new challenge. The winner’s photo will be featured on this blog, used as the banner in the announcement for the next week’s challenge, unless I am requested not to use it. 

Here’s how the challenge works:

  • Choose a favorite macro photo of an inanimate object  from the past week or from your archives. 
  • Create a new post on your blog entitled “Macro Moments: Week (insert week)“.
  • Add the photo to your post and a brief description. I would love to know, as I am sure others would, too,  what camera and lens you used and your settings.
  • You may submit more than one photo, but submit each in a separate post if you want to be included in the judging.
  • Deadline for submitting your entries is 8:00 a.m. Tuesday, Pacific Time.
  • * Create a  pingback to this post and/or leave a link to your post in the comments section.
  • Tag your post Macro Moments so others can find it.

* If you’re not sure how to create a pingback,  Here are instructions

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Macro Moments Challenge Week 8 Ends Tomorrow!

A quick reminder that the Macro Moments Week 8 challenge is ending at 8:00 a.m. (Pacific Time) tomorrow morning, so get your entries in!  This week the winner will be chosen by you, the visitors to this blog, our version of “The People’s Choice Awards”!

The first twenty entries will be accepted (one entry per person).  Submit your entries and I will make a gallery to post this Wednesday.  After you view the gallery, submit your vote (one vote per person) in the poll which will be included in Wednesday’s post.  Next week I will announce the winner and feature the winning entry in the header to the post.  Anyone can vote, even if you don’t enter the challenge.

 Here’s how the challenge works:

  • Choose a favorite macro photo  from the past week or from your archives. 
  • Create a new post on your blog entitled “Macro Moments: Week (insert week)“.
  • Add the photo to your post and a brief description. I would love to know, as I am sure others would, too,  what camera and lens you used and your settings.
  • You may submit more than one photo, but submit each in a separate post if you want to be included in the judging.
  • Deadline for submitting your entries is 8:00 a.m. Tuesday, Pacific Time.
  • Create a * pingback  to this post and/or leave a link to your post in the comments section.
  • Tag your post Macro Moments so others can find it.

*If you’re not sure how to create a pingback,  Here are instructions

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