“Green”house

In response to The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge IT IS easy being green

First time I’m using my “green”house window as a real greenhouse.  Germinating seeds harvested last year from my milkweed plants to provide food in my garden for monarch caterpillars.

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Market Day

The theme for one of my Facebook photography groups today was, “Market Day”.  We visited our local farmer’s market this morning and I shot photos for the challenge.  Here’s a taste–

Campbell Market 2017-03-2

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A Garden Atop A Roof

In response to The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge:  Atop  https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/atop/

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Macro Moments Challenge #34

Welcome to Macro Moments #34 and thank you to everyone who entered the challenge over the past two weeks.  I am delighted to announce this week’s winner, a newcomer named Preeti of  ATTUNED PHOTOGRAPHY. Preeti’s winning photo is called Macro Magic Daisy

Please pay Preeti a visit to view more of  her gorgeous work.

Theme for this Week’s Challenge

For Challenge #34, I think it’s time for a theme again.  Depending on which hemisphere you live in, your theme is either “Spring Has Sprung” or ” Fall is in the Air”.

I’m not sure what this flower is actually called, but I call them buttercups.  They are blooming all over my neighborhood right now.

Olympus OM-D E-M5, Olympus M 25mm f1.8 lens, 1/50 sec, f 4.0, ISO 2500

 

Joining the Challenge

 This is a place to share the beauty of macro photography and learn from each other.  Please join in!  A new challenge begins on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month, and I announce the winner from the previous challenge when I post the new challenge. The winner’s photo will be featured on this blog and used as the banner in the announcement for the next  challenge, unless I am requested not to use it. 

Here’s how the challenge works:

  • Choose a favorite macro photo  from the past two weeks or from your archives. 
  • Create a new post on your blog entitled “Macro Moments Challenge # (insert challenge #)“.
  • 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. on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month, 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 have also submitted entries over the past two weeks.  Please pay them a visit.

https://attaleuntold.wordpress.com/2017/03/02/macro-moments-challenge-33/

https://norasphotos4u.wordpress.com/2017/03/04/macro-moments-week-33/

https://zombieflamingoes.com/2017/03/08/macro-moments-week-33/

https://attaleuntold.wordpress.com/2017/03/08/macro-challenge-33/

https://attaleuntold.wordpress.com/2017/03/09/yellow-and-mauve-on-black/

https://attaleuntold.wordpress.com/2017/03/09/macro-challenge-33-2/

https://theonlyd800inthehameau.com/2017/03/01/macro-moments-week-33-presser-foot/

 

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Weekend in LA

My husband and I are in Los Angeles for a weekend get-away.  This morning our goal was to visit the observatory in Griffith Park. When we got there at opening time there was absolutely no parking to be had so we had to leave. We decided to spend the day at the Farmer’s Market and The Grove, which is a very nice outdoor mall adjacent to the market.  I regret not capturing the wonderful vistas from high above the city, but here are some random shots from our visit.

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Poof!

In response to The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge Wish

Close your eyes. Blow. Make a Wish!

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Macro Moments Challenge: Announcement of A Change

 Participation in the Macro Moments Challenge has dropped lately and everyone needs a change from time to time, so I am changing the deadlines and postings to twice monthly instead of weekly.  Posts and announcement of winners will be on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month and deadlines for entering will be on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday at 8:00 a.m. Pacific Time.  This will give you, the participants, more time to decide on your entries and take wonderful photos to share!  

Entries submitted during this past week will be carried over to next week and new entries will be accepted until next Tuesday. You can either link to this post or last week’s https://musinwithsusan.com/2017/03/01/macro-moments-challenge-week-33/

I often struggle with achieving the sharpness that I desire when shooting macro.  This week I went back and reviewed an article that I think  is excellent https://robinwong.blogspot.com/2012/09/olympus-mzuiko-60mm-f28-macro-review.html and followed Robin Wong’s suggestions.  Here is one of  my photos.

The photo was shot with my M.Zuiko 60mm F2.8 macro lens, mounted on my Olympus OM-D E-M5 Camera.  The camera was on a tripod and I used a remote trigger.  I also used a remote flash, handheld. 

Auto focus limiter switch was set to 0.19-0.4 and magnification ratio was 1:2.  Camera settings were 1/125 sec, f 3.5, ISO 200.

Settings were  

Joining the Challenge

 This is a place to share the beauty of macro photography and learn from each other.  Please join in!  A new challenge begins on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month, and I announce the winner from the previous challenge when I post the new challenge. The winner’s photo will be featured on this blog and used as the banner in the announcement for the next  challenge, unless I am requested not to use it. 

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. on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month, 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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Follow Those Tracks!

In response to The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge The Road Taken

Rangers studying tracks of a leopard on Safari in South Africa.  We tried to follow it, but weren’t successful that day.

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Olympus Macro Comparison–60mm vs 25 mm

Desleyjane,  fellow blogger who I admire, recently compared her 60mm macro lens with her new 30mm macro lens.

https://musingsofafrequentflyingscientist.com/2017/02/26/olympus-macro-comparison-30mm-vs-60mm/

I was relieved that Desleyjane ended up preferring the 60mm, as that is my macro lens and I really did not want to feel pressured to buy a new one!  Her post got me to thinking about doing a comparison of my 60mm with my 25mm, although the 25 is not really a macro (extreme close-up) lens.

I went outside and picked a bunch of flowering clover.  I did not have the patience to compare as many different shots as Desleyjane did, but I have four from each lens.

The first set was taken with my 60mm macro lens–

The second set was taken with my 25mm lens

I, too, still prefer the 60mm lens, although I think I like the green clover leaves taken with the 25mm better.  It is not possible to get as tight a shot with the 25mm lens as it is with a true macro lens, so in a way this is like comparing apples and oranges, but it was challenging and fun to take this shoot.

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Macro Moments Challenge: Week 33

 Welcome to Macro Moments Challenge: Week 33 and  thank you to everyone who entered last week’s challenge.

Congratulations to  caribiensplash of  https://sprawly.wordpress.com/ for last week’s winning entry; a fascinating photo of pine needles in an ice storm.  Please visit caribiensplash’s site to enjoy more of her work.

https://sprawly.wordpress.com/2017/02/24/macro-moments-wk-32/

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Tweaking My Home Page

Recently I decided that my home page looked too busy and I decided to streamline it. I want my photos to be the focal point, not a lot of distractions in the sidebars.  Put yourself in my place. What do I see when I visit your site to look at your entries in the challenge?  Is your photo small and surrounded by clutter or does it fill the screen and make a statement? I tweaked my site by getting rid of the sidebar and moving the widgets to the bottom of the page. I didn’t change my theme, but worked with a WP Happiness Engineer to write some CSS code to modify my page. I also changed the header and background because I was getting tired of the old look. Why  am I telling you all of this when this is supposed to be a Macro Challenge? Because, how your photos appear on your page does affect how your visitors judge your work.  Let me know what you think of my changes, and if, after taking a closer look, you decide to make some changes on your page, please let us know.

Joining the Challenge

 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. 

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. 

https://theonlyd800inthehameau.com/2017/02/22/macro-moments-week-32-thimble/

https://pitammm.wordpress.com/2017/02/22/macro-moments-week-32-western-pygmy-blue/

https://norasphotos4u.wordpress.com/2017/02/22/macro-moments-week-30/

https://netdancer.com/2017/02/22/a-prickly-situation/

https://scrapydo2.wordpress.com/2017/02/23/macro-moments-challenge-week-32/

https://secondwindleisure.com/2017/02/23/macro-moments-challenge-week-32-clovers/

https://snaphappi.wordpress.com/2017/02/24/macro-moments-week-32/

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