Thursday, November 19, 2009

Foto Friday - Macros

It's Foto Friday at Renaissance today. Each Friday the participant's in the challenge link their photographs to Rebecca's blog to show how they have faired in the challenge posted the week before. This week's challenge was "Macros (close-ups).

It is said that a collection of a photographer's work reveals as much about the photographer as it does about the subject. If that is so I fear that what this collection shows about me is that I don't know how to choose. I was not near as pleased with this weeks collection of photo's as I was with my collection last week. These for the most part seem very "lack lustre" to me; nothing seems to really "POP". So Rebecca, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE give your input.

The second thing this collection reveals about me as I look at it is that I love textures -- I'm very tactile. If I am interested in something, I have to feel it. Is it soft? Is it rough? Is it prickly or downy soft. Does it feel icy-cold or is it warm and soothing?

For those of you managed to get this far, I will reward by sharing a little tip I figured out while photographing the seed pods below. You will notice that the seed pods below are VERY blurry. This is only one of um'teen shots of these that turned out blurry. It was just too small to get the camera to focus on it.

I kept trying because I'm bulldog-stubborn, but it just wasn't working. I was getting plenty frustrated until I finally struck upon an idea. I asked my daughter to rest a index card directly over it (as shown). so that I could focus on the card (which was larger, yet thin). She then took the card away, and I snapped the picture without moving the camera.

Voila, a fairly decent close-up (at least better focused than it had been).

Okay, now it's time for you to head over to Rebecca's to take a look at what others have done. The challenge for next week will be posted there as well. Why not join us for the fun? It's a great way to improve your photography!!


Tracy said...

I really like all of these, and I would have never thought of the index card trick. Thanks so much for sharing how to do that!

Jemit said...

WOW! There is not one picture here that isn't extraordinary.. those seed pods are awesome!

Wendy said...

You were WAY too hard on yourself...I think all of these POP! I really enjoy shots of nature, and these were awesome...great job!

Bonnie said...

I REALLy like all of these- I can't even pick a favorite, though the jaw bone made me smile ;0)

Nanci said...


The jawbone shot just goes to show how warped I really am. LOL

Rebecca said...

I am so impressed! I *LOVE* the index card trick and I hope you know how many people you helped by sharing it! (Including me.)

I *think* you might have been trying the shaped bokeh trick this week, hence the black heart? Very cool.

You did great this week.

(PS. I know what you mean about having too much to be thankful for. or, not too much, but SO much that you don't know how to narrow it down. I am wracking my brain to find a way to capture the ESSENCE without the actual list. I think that will be the hardest part for me. But hey-they are SUPPOSED to be challenges, right?)

Peggy said...

Thank you for the index card trick! I am going to try it out as soon as I get off the computer.. with the frost and ice on our windows!

All in all I really enjoyed ALL your pictures!!

...they call me mommy... said...

What gorgeous pictures! :) Thanks for your sweet comments on my blog! Technically, some of my photos really weren't all that macro, but I couldn't help but include them! :)

Many blessings!

Full of Grace said...

You did an amazing job!! Every one of them is great! :)

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