Friday Flower Fiesta (12-29-17)—Macro pictures

Friday Flower Fiesta

I have never done any type of photography that involved people. No portraits, no weddings, no graduations, no reunions. I just didn’t want the hassle of dealing with people.

I never did certain other types of photography, like macro photography, because I deemed the equipment to be too expensive relative to the results. That has changed. Recently I saw some extraordinarily awesome macro photographs using a lens that was within my price range: the Tamron 90mm F/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 VC USD. Sure glad they never named cars like that!

I bought one.

Following is my first set of pictures taken with my new macro lens. You just knew they were going to be either plants or Zoey the Cool Cat, yes? Well, Zoey the Cool Cat was not being cooperative so you’ll just have to make do with macro pictures of these plants. Happy Friday!

Poinsettia
Many people think the red things are the flowers.
They are not. Those are flower brachts.
The green things here are the flower buds
but the flowers aren’t much bigger.
The flowers are what plant people call “insignificant.”Poiinsettia

African violet
I learned a lot about nature after my wise old grandmother adopted me
in December 1965. One of her joys was her collection of African Violets. Although I have an extraordinarily green thumb, I never could get
African Violets to do well after I bought them. Until this year.
This little one is on its second bloom cycle with me.
African violet

Aeonium ‘Sunburst’
I am a huge fan of Aeoniums, and this is one of my favorites.
Aeonium 'Sunburst'

Mother of Thousands (Kalanchoe delagoensis)
This has been one of my favorite plants since I was 11.
Little plantlets grow on the edge of the leaves.
They drop off, hit the ground, and start their own lives.
This particular one is ‘Pink Butterflies.”Mother of Thousands

I have no idea what this is and the pot I bought it in didn’t have a name
other than “Succulent.” As a friend of mine who owns a succulent nursery
likes to say about plant names, “Who cares? If you like it, buy it.”
I bought it.
Graptopetalum

Milkwort (Polygala myrtifolia)
Seven of these plants were growing at our new home.
Since I think they are kind of pretty, I kept them.
Milkwort

Pussy Willow (Salix sp.)
When I lived in northern Utah (1961-1965),
pussy willows grew everywhere. I liked them.
They are long lasting and look great in a large vase.
This is from a group that I bought in 1999.
Pussy willow

These last three pictures are Osteospermum flower buds.
I was experimenting with various f/stop settings
to give me different depths of field.
Osteospermum

Osteospermum

Osteospermum

Which one is your favorite?

I'm Zoey the Cool Cat, and I approve this post

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32 thoughts on “Friday Flower Fiesta (12-29-17)—Macro pictures

      1. jmnowak

        Yay! Macro work will keep you inspired for a long time, Russell, as you get to see life truly up close and personal. Looking forward…and I feel inspired now to go out and get an Aeonium, it’s so pretty. It will do well on my balcony with my other succulents. And I may also re-pot some crassula as it is in plantlet-mode at present. The ringtail possums love it. Cheeri-hoo, Janina🎍

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        1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

          I have discovered that there is a ground squirrel living under my house. S/he comes out to eat my plants whenever I put one too close to the little hole. Eventually I’ll have a pest control guy crawl under the house, scare all the wildlife out, and then wildlife-proof the crawl space. Meanwhile, they should enjoy their free meals!

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          1. jmnowak

            Chipmunks are cute! What’s a few plants between frienfs?!! I live in the city in an apartment complex surrounded by a native garden, including its wildlife. We love and value our environment, which is quite unique so near the city. We don’t begrudge the ringtails a little snack. They are timid, only come out at night and don’t hurt anything, and are gorgeously cute too. I value their visits on my balcony. We’ve become friends! 🌵

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            1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

              I’m the same way with the birds, rabbits, and squirrels. If what I grow in my garden can help them make it through each day, I’m all for it. Of course, I feed them enormous amounts of food each morning at 7:00 in a section of my garden that I call “Wildlife Corner.”

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    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      Look at the background of those three pictures, though. The one that is crisp and clean is very busy. Some would say it distracts from the focal point of the picture. However, I like the crisp one, too, so if I were going to use it in the future, I probably would replace the background with one of the others.

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              1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

                Back in 1966 my wise old grandmother was sitting at the dining room table with her scrapbooks, Kodak & Polaroid pictures, scissors, tape, and glue. She was cutting pictures apart, taping sections together, gluing them in her scrapbook. I was upset that she was destroying history by cutting pictures apart. She told me, “What comes out of the camera is just the basics to start with.” She died in 2003 but I’m 100% certain she would have loved the digital age.

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                1. jmnowak

                  Ha! Sounds like she would with that attitude and probably make the most of it. I guess you didn’t pick up on tbe intent of my comment, which is to change the background in camera by searching for the right angles to take the foto with a better, not so distracting background that would complement the colours within the plant and make it pop on screen, so that you almost feel as if you could reach out and touch that plant. This is about training your eye to look very closely at the image in the viewfinder, changing what doesn’t work, before you press the shutter. I could go on, but I won’t! I’m sure you’ll get my drift, Russ! It’s New Year’s Day at 1.01am and I’ve just seen the fireworks in both Melbourne and Sydney at the same time and I feel fine. Best to you, janina 🎇🎈

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                  1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

                    I learned all that back in the ’60s and ’70s. Now I’m out for my own enjoyment and to capture images that will make Photographic Art that I can sell when I’m no longer physically able to climb up and down mountains, run across 12 lanes of traffic, and such. To that end, I don’t have a lot of time to mess around out in the field trying to get that one perfect shot when I know that I can go home and create that one perfect shot in Photoshop. As Edgar Degas said about painting: “It’s not what you see but what you make others see.” Photography is the same for me.

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        1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

          It’s actually quite easy to do. I use Photoshop. Hmmmm. Maybe my next blog post will be about that.

          One can modify virtually any part of a digital picture using any of the digital photo editing software available.

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