Floral detail

Just another experiment with detail and color.  This is a blossom from a store-bought bouquet.  I am playing with my ProMaster LED120SS light to get different effects with shadow and light and bring out the details.  Amazing how much difference a little light angle can have on an image!

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Nikon 105mm f/2.8 AF Micro-Nikkor
105mm @ f/32 –  0.8 sec – ISO 100

#flower#floral #leaves #petals #macro#macrophotography #detail #closeup#colorful #Nikon #AtlantaGA

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Autumn Dogwood

The colors may be lacking due to the drought conditions we have had here in Atlanta but there is still color to be seen.  This is a series of dogwood leaves backlit by the sun.  It is always amazing to see how the veins show the progression of colors from green to autumn yellows and reds.

Dogwood leaf detail with changing colors

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Nikon 105mm f/2.8 AF Micro-Nikkor
105mm @ f/16 –  1/25 sec – ISO 250

#nature #dogwood #leaves #fall #autumn #macro #macrophotography #detail #closeup#colorful #Nikon #AtlantaGA

Calavera

A Day of the Dead skull planter that we picked up to celebrate the holiday

This is a ceramic planter made to look like a skull (calavera in Spanish) that is a common decoration in Mexico when celebrating the Day of the Dead or All Soul’s Day.  To some people, Halloween is the biggest holiday of the year but most of us have forgotten that it is actually part of a 3-day religious season.  Allhallowtide or Hallowmas is the triduum encompassing  All Saints’ Eve (Halloween), All Saints’ Day (All Hallows’) and All Souls’ Day celebrated from October 31 to November 2.

The Christian tradition of On All Hallows’ Eve includes a belief that the barrier between the material world and the afterlife is lessened on this day.  In order to prevent recognition by a ghost, people would don masks or costumes to disguise their identities.  Trick or treating comes to us as a modern version of this practice.

Day of the Dead skull

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Nikon 105mm f/2.8 AF Micro-Nikkor
105mm @ f/16 –  1/125 sec – ISO 250

#Halloween #DayOfTheDead #skull #calvera #ceramic #planter  #macro #macrophotography #detail #closeup #colorful #Nikon #AtlantaGA

Gerbera side-view

Gerbera daisies are frequently displayed in gardens, cut arrangements and photographic images.  The are large and showy and have lots of color and detail but I decided to do this capture of a lovely red specimine from the side.  I really liked the intricate patterns of the base of the flower and the tiny white hairs on the stem.  I included a back-lit leaf as a backdrop to give the image another layer of contrast and detail.

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Nikon 105mm f/2.8 AF Micro-Nikkor
105mm @ f/32 –  0.8 sec – ISO 100

#nature #GerberaDaisy #leaf #sideview #red #flower #floral #botanical #macro #macrophotography #detail #closeup #colorful  #Nikon #AtlantaGA

Autumn Still Life

Finally seeing evidence of the seasons changing

Finally, the weather has a hint of autumn in the air!  To recognize that we are actually in mid-October, I thought some images with a harvest theme made sense.  Pumkins and gourds are such a symbol of this time of year and have marvelous colors and textures.

I’m having lots of fun playing with arrangements and looking for the best lighting effects. Right now, my equipment is very basic.  Just something for a background and an LED light to get the highlights and shadows in the right spots.  If things go well, maybe I will start a legitimate studio set up later on.

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Nikon 105mm f/2.8 AF Micro-Nikkor
105mm @ f/16 – 2 sec – ISO 250

#nature #pumpkin #maple #leaf #macro #macrophotography #detail#closeup #colorful  #Nikon #AtlantaGA #autumn

Magnolia seed pod

Not much fall color in Atlanta except for a few spots like these magnolia seeds

I went out in my backyard yesterday thinking that I could pick out some leaves with fall color.  To my disappointment, the leaves were part green, part brown and looking pretty pitiful.  There is a little color out there but it has been so dry in Atlanta that the trees are really stressed.  I did come across a few magnolia trees that were offering up some seeds to keep the species going.

It is not too surprising that the magnolia is still looking pretty good while other trees are wilting.  The magnolia family – Magnoliaceae, dates back 95 million years.  It is very interesting to look at this ancient plant which has many features that are quite different from the flowers and house plants that we are used to.  In this image, you can see the fuzzy covering on the seed pod and the brilliant red of the seeds.

Maybe I will make a trip up to the mountains to look for some good color.  I don’t think we’re going to see much in the city this year.

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Nikon 105mm f/2.8 AF Micro-Nikkor
105mm @ f/11 – 2 sec – ISO 200

#nature #magnolia #seeds #macro #macrophotography #detail #closeup #colorful  #Nikon #AtlantaGA #autumn

Vortex

Science can be so interesting!

Another macro experiment inspired by Mike Moats.  As he explained it, this was originally a science experiment to show how detergents break down fats.  To do this, put some milk in a small container, add a few drops of food coloring and then stick a q-tip soaked in dish soap into the colors and give it a swirl.

In Mike’s original version, he used whole milk.  In mine, I only had 2% in the kitchen so, I went ahead and gave it a try.  I think the whole milk gives a more defined separation between the white of the milk and the colors but this variation gave me the neat looking flame patterns.

Here are some other shots that came out pretty well.

Go here to see the original post that I took as my inspiration:
Fun with Milk, Food Coloring, Q-Tip, and Dish Soap

Featured Image:
Food Color swirls in Milk

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Nikon 105mm f/2.8 AF Micro-Nikkor
105mm @ f/8 – 1/15 sec – ISO 200

#macro #macrophotography #milk #swirls #ScienceExperiment #vortex #detail #closeup #colorful #abstract #Nikon #MikeMoats