Taking Flight!

Soaring towards New Horizons! In response to the Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge “New Horizon”  https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/new-horizon/

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A Photo A Week Challenge: Props

My daughter sells beauty products and I thought this photo of her demonstrating them at a gathering in my home fit the theme of this week’s challenge.

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Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge

I went out on my deck the other day and found this rogue tomato growing out of one of my hanging planters.  It is well past tomato season, but there it was!

Rogue Tomato

Rogue Tomato

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Macro Moments Challenge: Week 21

Congratulations to Light and Shadows–

https://alipatoblog.wordpress.com/

for last week’s winning photo, “Stitchwort”–

https://alipatoblog.wordpress.com/2016/11/23/stitchwort-macro-moments-challenge-week-20/

I’ve had some trouble saving the links, so if they don’t work for you, please copy or type the URL into your address bar. The flower is somewhat out of focus, giving it an “Impressionist feel”.  Please pay Light and Shadows a visit and view their work.

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

I looked out on my backyard deck this week and was surprised to see this rogue little tomato growing out of one of the hanging planters.  It is well past tomato time, but he just showed up, uninvited!

Shot with my Olympus M.Zuiko 60mm F2.8 macro lens, 1/125 sec, f11, ISO 1600, 60mm

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Rogue Tomato

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 and 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 this 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. Please pay them a visit a view their work.  There were not too many entries; maybe because of the Thanksgiving holiday in the U.S.  Also, I didn’t publicize the challenge as widely as I usually do.  Hope we have more this week!

https://hagardiab.wordpress.com/2016/11/24/macro-moments-week-20/

https://zombieflamingoes.com/2016/11/24/macro-moments-challenge-week-20/

https://snaphappi.wordpress.com/2016/11/28/macro-moments-week-20/

https://yzhengblog.wordpress.com/2016/11/28/macro-moments-week-20/

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It’s Not This Time of Year Without …..

Turkey!!  Got to spend Thanksgiving with our little grand-niece, Ellie, and she had her first taste of turkey!  In response to the Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge “It’s Not This Time of Year Without…”  https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/time-of-year/

 

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Macro Moments Challenge: Week 20

Congratulations to “The Only Deadhead in the Hameau” https://theonlyd800inthehameau.com/, for winning last week’s challenge, “Broaden Your Scope”, with his wonderful photo of “Madame’s model elephants”.  He really discovered what can be achieved using the macro lens for more general, all purpose shooting.  Please pay him a visit and view his work.  There is no theme for this week’s challenge; we’re back to macro.

https://theonlyd800inthehameau.com/2016/11/16/macro-moments-week-19-elephants/

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

If you have been following my blog for awhile, you know that over the summer I planted some butterfly-friendly flowers to attract butterflies to my yard.  My friend gave me several small milkweed plants, food for monarchs, which I painstakingly tended.  They did well and I occasionally checked them for caterpillars or chrysalis’. I thought it was too late in the year, but look what I found last week!

Shot with my Olympus M.Zuiko 60mm F2.8 macro lens, 1/125 sec, f11, ISO 2500, 60mm

Monarch Catepillar

Monarch Caterpillar

I think he will make a chrysalis in a few days and shortly a butterfly will emerge.  I’m on the lookout for more; we’ll see.  I have also been saving seeds from the seed pods to plant in the Spring.  Maybe next summer I’ll have a garden full of butterflies to photograph!

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 and 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 this 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. Please pay them a visit a view their work.

https://micksinernestblog.wordpress.com/2016/11/16/balanced-rocks/

https://snaphappi.wordpress.com/2016/11/17/macro-moments-week-19/

https://angloswiss-chronicles.com/2016/11/17/macro-moments-challenge-week-19-broaden-your-scope/

https://zombieflamingoes.com/2016/11/18/macro-moments-challenge-week-19/

https://sprawly.wordpress.com/2016/11/18/mmc-wk-19/

https://yzhengblog.wordpress.com/2016/11/19/macro-moments-week-19/

https://norasphotos4u.wordpress.com/2016/11/20/macro-moments-week-19-topic-broaden-your-scope/

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Abracadabra

My submission to Magic

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My Butterfly Quest-A Catepillar!

If you have been following my blog for awhile, you know that over the summer I planted some butterfly-friendly flowers to attract butterflies to my yard.  My friend gave me several small milkweed plants, food for monarchs, which I painstakingly tended.  They did well and I occasionally checked them for caterpillars or chrysalis’. I thought it was too late in the year, but look what I found yesterday!

Monarch Catepillar

Monarch Caterpillar

I think he will make a chrysalis in a few days and shortly a butterfly will emerge.  I’m on the lookout for more; we’ll see.  I have also been saving seeds from the seed pods to plant in the Spring.  Maybe next summer I’ll have a garden full of butterflies to photograph!

 

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Macro Moments Challenge: Week 19-Broaden Your Scope

Congratulations to snaphappi, at https://snaphappi.wordpress.com/, for winning this week’s challenge with her lovely, photo of a Southern Grass-Dart butterfly. Please pay snaphappi a visit and view her work.

https://snaphappi.wordpress.com/2016/11/10/macro-moments-challenge-week-18/

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For this week’s challenge I am going to try something a little different. The theme of the challenge is, “Broaden Your Scope”.  My macro lens is the Olympus M.Zuiko 60mm F2.8.  It also happens to be, probably, my favorite lens for non-macro shooting as a general all-purpose, medium tele-photo lens for shooting people or out of doors. I find that I am able to achieve sharpness that is superior to what I can accomplish with my other lenses.

Some of you may not have considered using your macro lens for street, nature or portrait shooting, so this week you are challenged to use your macro lens for anything other than macro!  When you submit your entry, please include the name of the lens that you used and your settings.

I took the photos that follow with my Olympus M.Zuiko 60mm F2.8 macro lens set to 0.4-∞ on the focus limiter switch. The settings for each photo is below the photo.

This is a place to share the beauty of macro photography (except for this week when we are shooting non-macro) 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 and 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.

Here’s how the challenge works:

  • Choose a favorite macro photo (except for this week when we are shooting non-macro with our macro lens)  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. Please pay them a visit a view their work.

https://netdancer.com/2016/11/09/macro-moments-challenge-week-18/

https://micksinernestblog.wordpress.com/2016/11/10/macro-moments-challenge-week-18/

https://nowathome.wordpress.com/2016/11/10/macro-moments-challenge-week-18/

https://snaphappi.wordpress.com/2016/11/10/macro-moments-challenge-week-18/

https://jennifernicholewells.com/2016/11/10/vegetal/

https://theonlyd800inthehameau.com/2016/11/10/macro-moments-week-18-oil-lamp/

https://secondwindleisure.com/2016/11/11/autumn-leaves-macro-moments-week-18/

https://sprawly.wordpress.com/2016/11/12/macro-moments-wk-18/

https://micksinernestblog.wordpress.com/2016/11/11/tiny-full-grown-crustaceans/

https://norasphotos4u.wordpress.com/2016/11/12/macro-moments-week-18/

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Super Perigree Moonrise

Tonight’s Super Perigree moonrise.  It is the largest and brightest moon since 1948!

 

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