Macro Moments Challenge #35

It’s good to be back.  March had five Wednesdays, so it’s been three weeks since the last challenge posted!  Congratulations to justpat1 of for submitting the winning entry to Challenge #34.  Pat’s photo is of a yellow columbine and I love everything about it; the composition, light, color, and soft bokeh

Please pay Pat a visit to view more beautiful work.  No special theme this week, just macro or close-up.

Yellow Columbine, Aquilegia chrysantha

Shot with a Canon Rebel Xsi, 100mm, 5.6f, 1/100 sec, ISO 200. 

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

Macro or Close-Up?

This section is reposted from an earlier challenge. Many newer photographers struggle to understand the difference between true macro and close-up photography.  Macro photography has a magnification ratio of 1:1, meaning that it is depicted on the digital sensor in it’s actual size.  I shot this penny with my macro lens set to 1:1.



Shot with my Olympus M.Zuiko 60mm F2.8 macro lens, 1/125 sec, f11, ISO 200, 60mm

 Close up photography means depicting your subject at close range so that the subject fills the frame.  Close-up photography is not always true macro photography. The photo below, is from a photo of a bird sitting on the fence in my yard that I shot this week-end.  I cropped it very tight to focus on just part of his body.  It is a close-up, but not true macro.  

Shot with my Olympus 75-300mm lens, 1/250 sec, f10, ISO 400, 275mm

 Both macro and close-up meet the criteria for the Macro Moments Challenge, but  a nice photo whose subject(s) do not come close to filling the frame does not.

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 first and third Wednesday of each month 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 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 Challenge: # (insert the 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 first and third 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 also submitted entries to Challenge # 34, and many of them are just wonderful. Not quite everyone stuck to the theme, but I listed them anyway:

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About Susan Gutterman

I am an amateur photographer and occasional blogger, living in northern California. I also enjoy reading, walking, traveling, volunteering and spending time with my family and my yellow lab, Gabby.
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26 Responses to Macro Moments Challenge #35

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  3. I love that yellow columbine image, absolutely stunning 🙂

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  4. Jumped over from the Senior Salon
    So nice to learn a bit more about photography – not that I will probably ever use the information personally, it increases my appreciation of the art form. I love getting a closer look at the world as well. Thank you.
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMORE dot com)
    ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder
    “It takes a village to educate a world!”


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  6. Bernadette says:

    Sue, that photo of the bird’s legs on the tree branch is amazing. Thanks for taking the time to post to Senior Salon.

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  12. Hi Susan, what’s the date of your next MM challenge? Is it this week? Thanks!


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