Developing Your Eye: Street

The theme for Day 2 of the Developing Your Eye Course is “Street”.  I am interpreting the theme as “street art”.  Our town has many whimsical painted utility boxes, which I captured as I drove/walked around recently.  I think these artists are amazing!

Click on the photos to enlarge and enjoy!

 

 

 

 

Macro Moments Challenge: Week 6

Welcome to Macro Moments Challenge: Week 6 and  thank you to everyone who entered last week.  The entries are so wonderful that it is very difficult to choose a winner each week!  For this week’s challenge there is no specific theme except “Macro”. 

Congratulations to Sayanti Deb, at “Close to You” https://closetoyoublog.wordpress.com/2016/07/20/macro-moments-challenge-week-5/  for her stunning winning entry in last week’s challenge, “Dewdrops With the Grass Flower”!  I love the gold background and how the dewdrops glisten.   Sayanti is a microbiologist who loves to photograph nature.  Please pay her a visit to view her work.

https://closetoyoublog.wordpress.com/2016/07/20/macro-moments-challenge-week-5/

Macro Moments Week 5 Winner

An important reminder–If you want to be considered in the judging, please submit only one photo per entry.   You may enter as many times as you’d like.

 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 now have a butterfly plant blooming in my yard,  and I’ve seen a couple hovering around, but I haven’t been quick enough to catch one.  I do see a lot of bees and wasps in the yard, so I settled for this shot of a paper wasp.
Olympus  Olympus OM-D E-M5, Olympus M.60mm f.2.8 macro lens. 
ISO 200, 60 mm, 1/60 sec, F 7.1, camera handheld.  Cropped and edited in LR.
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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.  Pay them a visit to view their work and if I missed anybody, please let me know!

https://deetravelssite.wordpress.com/2016/07/20/macro-moments-challenge-week-5/

https://ceenphotography.com/2016/07/20/macro-moments-challenge-week-5/

https://ayoungretirement.wordpress.com/2016/07/20/macro-moments-week-5/

https://angloswiss-chronicles.com/2016/07/20/macro-moments-challenge-week-5-macro-plants-and-flowers/

https://thelastblogavailable.com/2015/04/24/failed-flower-porn/

https://zombieflamingoes.com/2016/07/20/macro-moments-challenge-week-5/

https://snaphappi.wordpress.com/2016/07/21/macro-moments-week-6/

https://travelwithintent.com/2016/07/21/heaven-scent/

https://norasphotos4u.wordpress.com/2016/07/21/macro-moments-week-5-flowers-and-plants/

https://yzhengblog.wordpress.com/2016/07/21/macro-moments-week-5/

https://mysilverstreaks.com/2016/07/22/macro-moments-week-5/

https://purposivewriter.wordpress.com/2016/07/22/macro-moments-challenge-week-5-dewdrop/

https://theonlyd800inthehameau.com/2016/07/22/macro-moments-week-5/

https://attaleuntold.wordpress.com/2016/07/22/macro-moments-challenge5-plants-and-flowers/

https://scrapydo2.wordpress.com/2016/07/23/macro-moments-challenge-week-5/

https://nowathome.wordpress.com/2016/07/23/macro-moments-challenge-week-5/

https://attaleuntold.wordpress.com/2016/07/23/macro-challenge5-arum-lily/

Cactus Clock–– Macro Challenge, Week 5, Plants and Flowers

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A Temporary Home

I am participating in a 10 Day class called “Developing Your Eye”.  And the theme of today’s post is, “Home”.

I love The Little Free Libraries that are popping up in my neighborhood.  They are literally “a little house” (each one is very different) and the books are “looking for a new home”.  This one even has a children’s annex!

Macro Moments Challenge: Week 5

Welcome to Macro Moments Challenge: Week 5 and  thank you to everyone who entered.  For this week’s challenge there is a theme-Macro Plants and Flowers.  Head out and shoot or dig into your archives and share a favorite with us!

Congratulations to Arkenaten at  A Tale Unfolds for his winning entry to last week’s challenge- Crawl Before You Walk? Not This Time!

Crawl Before You Walk Not This Time

Arkenaten’s photo is stunning and I learned a lot from his accompanying narrative, as I have been lying in wait for butterflies in my garden for several days. Do take a look at his work on his site.

Macro Moments Week 4 Winner

An important reminder–If you want to be considered in the judging, please submit only one photo per entry, but you may enter as many times as you’d like.

The Macro Photographer
The Macro Photographer
Don’t you just love the photo above!  It is a composite created by Mark Rothwell of Dragonphotographic, @dragonphotographic. I was introduced to Mark’s work in the Facebook group Self Taught Photographers. Mark calls the photo, “The Macro Photographer”. I am including it in this week’s challenge post, with his permission, of course, because it is too clever not to share.
 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 shot this photo of a lichen clinging to the bark of a tree on a walk in a lovely county park called Edgewood County Park not far from my home.
Olympus  Olympus OM-D E-M5, Olympus M.60mm f.2.8 macro lens. 
ISO 640, 60 mm, 1/50 sec, F10, camera was on a tripod.  Edited in LR
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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.  Pay them a visit to view their work and if I missed anybody, please let me know!

https://venturesinphotos.wordpress.com/2016/07/13/macro-moments-week-4/

https://ceenphotography.com/2016/07/13/macro-moments-challenge-week-4-black-walnuts/

https://cxianliu.wordpress.com/2016/07/13/those-tiny-lives-on-daisy/

https://zombieflamingoes.com/2016/07/13/macro-moments-challenge-week-4/

https://closetoyoublog.wordpress.com/2016/07/14/macro-moments-week-4/

https://nowathome.wordpress.com/2016/07/14/macro-moments-challenge-week-4/

https://mysilverstreaks.com/2016/07/14/macro-moment-week-4/

https://blackbodyblog.wordpress.com/2016/02/20/the-glorious-sun/

https://attaleuntold.wordpress.com/2016/07/15/crawl-before-you-walk-not-this-time/

https://thegirlthatdreamsawake.wordpress.com/2016/07/15/macro-moments-week4/

https://yzhengblog.wordpress.com/2016/07/17/macro-moments-week-4/

https://deetravelssite.wordpress.com/2016/07/17/macro-moments-challenge-week-4/

https://norasphotos4u.wordpress.com/2016/07/17/macro-moments-week-4-rosie/

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The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge-Don’t Get Stung!

In response to The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge- Details

I love macro photography and thought this close-up of an abandoned wasp’s nest which I took for Macro Moments, the macro challenge that I host https://musinwithsusan.com/category/macro-moments-challenge/ , fit the bill for this week’s Daily Post Challenge.

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Macro Moments Challenge: Week 4

Wow, the Macro Moments Challenge really exploded last week! There were so many wonderful entries that choosing a winner was very difficult!  Congratulations to Gayle of Ventures in Photos https://venturesinphotos.wordpress.com/2016/07/06/macro-moments-week-3/, our winner, for her wonderful shot featured in the header above and below.  Gayle’s picture is very sharp and beautifully composed.  Please take a look at her work on her site.

Macro Moments Week 3 Winner

Thank you to all who participated and to Jennifer Nicole Wells at https://jennifernicholewells.com, Cee Neuner at  https://ceenphotography.com, Desleyjane at https://musingsofafrequentflyingscientist.com, and everyone else who mentioned the challenge on your blog for helping the challenge to grow. 

 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  used as the banner in the announcement for the next week’s challenge, unless I am requested not to use it.

 Instructions for how to participate are at the end of this post.

When I first got my macro lens I encountered quite a learning curve.  I tried an exercise using my Olympus OM-D E-M5 camera and my Olympus M.60mm f.2.8 macro lens.  To replicate an insect that I might find outdoors, I shot a series of photos, at different aperture settings, of a little ladybug pin from my jewelry box.  The camera was on a tripod and I handheld a remote flash and used a remote trigger.

 For any given aperture value, the higher the magnification ratio, the smaller the depth of field  will be, hence the depth of field tends to be very shallow for macro photography because you are shooting at high magnification.  Therefore, to achieve sharp results you must focus right on the main point of the subject that you want to target and set a larger aperture number, typically f 6.0 or greater.  

Here are some of the results from my practice settings, at progressively larger aperture settings, focusing on the dots on the ladybug’s back–

1/25 sec, f 2.8, ISO 200

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1/50 sec, f 5.6, ISO 200

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1/25 sec, f8.0 ISO 200

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1/25 sec, f11, ISO 400

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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.  Pay them a visit to view their work and if I missed anybody, please let me know!

https://ceenphotography.com/2016/07/06/macro-moments-challenge-week-3/

https://bloggergirlapril.com/2016/07/06/macro-moments-week-3/

https://thesunshinieone.com/2016/07/06/macro-moments-week-3-a-bee-and-blue-glitter/

https://pamsnapsphotos.com/2016/07/06/macro-moments-week-3/

https://zombieflamingoes.com/2016/07/06/macro-moments-challenge-week-3/

https://closetoyoublog.wordpress.com/2016/07/07/macro-moments-week-3/

https://nowathome.wordpress.com/2016/07/07/macro-moments-challenge-week-3/

https://suzannerogersonfantasyauthor.wordpress.com/2016/07/07/macro-moments-challenge-week-3-rose-chafer/

https://musingsofafrequentflyingscientist.com/2016/07/07/macro-garden-series-16/

https://thesleepingreadingbeauty.wordpress.com/2016/07/07/micromoments/

https://attaleuntold.wordpress.com/2016/07/07/macro-moments-challenge-week-3/

https://fromacertainpointofviewblog.wordpress.com/2016/07/07/macro-moments-week-3/

https://joesfotowelten.wordpress.com/2016/07/07/yellow-fresh/

https://norasphotos4u.wordpress.com/2016/07/07/macro-moments-week-3/

https://kasgracefulexposures.wordpress.com/2016/07/08/macro-moments-week-3/

https://mysilverstreaks.com/2016/07/08/macro-moments-week-3/

https://blackbodyblog.wordpress.com/2015/12/02/ant-on-a-tree/

https://yzhengblog.wordpress.com/2016/07/09/macro-moments-week-3/

https://deetravelssite.wordpress.com/2016/07/10/macro-moments-challenge-week-3/

https://bloggergirlapril.com/2016/07/11/macro-moments-week-3-2/

https://jennifernicholewells.com/2016/07/12/apothecary-ish/

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The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge-Shark Alert!

In response to The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge- Look-Up  https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/look-up/

Cool shark exhibit hanging from the ceiling at the gorgeous Te Papa museum in Wellington, New Zealand.

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Also, am leaving last week’s photo of the Blue Angels, because it, too, fits the theme.

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