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Saturday, April 12, 2014

April Photo Challenge - Closeup/Macro

Well it seems once again I am late to the party. I did publish this post (or rather, one just like it ) last night just after midnight. I know it actually published because I got a comment shortly after. When I opened my computer this morning, the post was not there. So I'm not sure what happened... I'll blame it on the fairies.... I've been out of town all day so just getting back to re-post now. My apologies to those who might have tried the link earlier and found no post. Thanks to Donna for removing it quickly this morning.

 It's time again for Donna's Personal Photo Challenge. The theme this month is Closeup and/or Macro. I love doing closeup and macro shots but usually I'm doing them in my garden. Since my garden beds are still under several feet of snow, I turned to my archives for several shots.

I love closing in on any flower but I especially love gerbera daisies, in particular their centres. This photo was taken at a local nursery last May. I love its intense pink color - just the punch of color we need after a long white winter....

1/350sec.  f/6.7   ISO 100




The next choice was this field daisy, because I love daisies, not because I love bugs. But he adds a little interest, don'cha think? He seemed like a friendly little fella...

1/180 sec.  f/5.6  ISO 100
And for something different, and because I'm longing for spring and something green, I headed for the refrigerator (truthfully it was equally because I was hungry!)  I chose this kiwi for some luscious green (and then I ate it!)
1/15sec. f/22  ISO 200



All photos were taken with my Pentax K20D, hand held, with natural light. The only editing was a little sharpening.

I hope you'll visit Donna's Personal Photo Challenge blog here to see what other participants have done this month.

Peace,
Linda

"Photography helps people to see." ~ Berenice Abbott




18 comments:

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

The first one has such an intricate center! Amazing! Love the bug and the kiwi is fun. I hope you had a nice snack after the photo shoot! Beautiful photos my friend! Hugs!

Vee said...

So good to have files! Of these, I learned the most from the fruit. It seems that each seed is tethered by a little thread. For sheer beauty, the Gerbera daisy takes top place. Weird about the gremlins...

Jeanne said...

Lovely shots. Thanks for your sweet comment! I love the bug.

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

Hi Linda
Glad your post appeared after all that!
Beautiful macro shots - I particularly love the little critter inspecting your daisy!
The 'kiwi' originates from my little corner of the world - New Zealand, so that's kind of special for me too!
BTW I love your header - the smocking is exquisite!
Shane

Donna said...

Love the Bug!Hahaa!! Cool shot! And those "fairies" get around! In fact, they visit ME a Whole lot!Hahaa
Have a super day and stay warm!
hughugs

Donna said...

I was glad to take care of the post glitch yesterday for you! The crazy blogger platform must have burped, LOL.

I knew that this challenge would be right up your alley and easy-peasy since it is in your wheelhouse. Love the bright gerbera daisy. It's one of my favorites to photograph too. And the bug on the daisy is cute, despite its creepiness (ha!), especially since some of the petals were folded back to frame it up. And I really like the kiwi macro - great texture and graphic quality! Terrific job on the challenge.

Lorrie said...

Oooh, these are lovely. I like the off center approach to the gerbera, the flirty lifting of petals on the daisy and the way the kiwi fills the whole shot. Really wonderful! I hope the snow disappears quickly.

Angela said...

the Kiwi is really nice- so juicy looking...hmm... now I'm hungry!

ellen b. said...

Love the kiwi shot!

Patrica said...

Glad you made it to the part better late than never I say! The gerbera daisy is my favorite, the composition and color are just right and just what we need after the awful winter most of us have had. The kiwi looks good enough to eat ;0 !

Pamela Gordon said...

Your photo challenge pics are really beautiful Linda. I love them all. It's so nice to see the colour. I like that you used a kiwi as a subject. I didn't get the challenge done this month. :( There will be another. Have a great week ahead.

Annie said...

So lovely to catch up with some new bloggers through the photo challenge this month.

Love the gerbera. Very colorful, and yes, flowers are always interesting to zoom in on.

Enjoyed reading some of your previous posts, especially following the progress of your lovely blue charity quilt. Very inspirational!

Cheryl said...

Late or not, you have shared some beautiful images! I love the vivid color of your gerbera daisy, and the way you have off-centered the center. I do think the bug adds interest to the composition. And your kiwi is making me hungry (it's almost lunchtime, but is also a lovely, vivid image and a good choice!

My Maine Blog said...

Beautiful Linda...you take such great macro shots..I'm still learning. I especially love the Hot Pink flower photo...just gorgeous. Just wanted to thank you too for your comment on my "selfie"...totally unlike me to put a photo of myself up but decided to try and take a decent photo, put some good make-up on which I never wear...usually and most always it's "what you see is what you get" with me. But hey...I guess at some point you gotta' cave in and roll with the rest of the bunch...and I knew in a few months when I turn 69 it can only go downhill from there. :) Hugs...Kathy

linda aka Crafty Gardener said...

great images for the macro challenge

Kati said...

The bug makes the picture perfect! I love it! Your kiwi picture is great too. I love that the seeds are in focus.

Jeanette said...

That kiwi and gerbera daisy are such a punch of color! It's been funny how many of us have captured bugs in our flower photos! I guess that means they're doing their job and pollinating them. Thanks for sharing with us!

Cristal @ Dapple Design said...

Flowers really are perfect for getting up close, but I like your kiwi shot too. Very creative.

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