Thursday, November 12, 2009


There was a challange posted on one of the messages board I go on to shoot things that are round. I shot them all with my Macro lens and maybe not my prettiest Macro shots, but I had fun shooting them! :O) So here they are...

Thursday, November 5, 2009

I love the beauty of Macro...

I needed a break from editing the wedding shots so Macro was the PERFECT way to mix it up! So peaceful, soothing and beautiful!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Noodles anyone?

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Macro, oh why don't I shoot you more?

Yes, I say this everytime. I need to shoot more Macro. I love to shoot it and edit it! Here are some quick shots I took yesterday for Macro Monday on my board! Next time, I need to take my time and really search for things I really want to shoot and work the lens. I went out and took these in 5 minutes for the board. Next time is for me!

These flowers or weeds actually are so tiny! Each flower head is smaller than a pea. Man I love my Macro lens...

Hope everyone is doing well. I have some stuff to catch up on (meaning about 8 folders FULL to edit) then I'm really going to take some time with my Macro lens again! Have a wonderful week!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Dandelion's don't have to be full....

to be beautiful!

Standard edit or...

creative edit? I say creative edit!

Hope everyone is well & having a better Monday than I am!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder...

Annoying ugly weed or beautiful photo op....

I say beautiful photo op....

Hope everyone had a great weekend and found some beauty in your weekend!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Fallen ashes from the Station fire....

I went out today to check things out and looked down in our grass and saw big ashes everywhere. I bent down to get a better look at these because they were so big and was very surprised at what I saw. Full and broken leaves. Fully formed with great detail! The second I touched any they turned to dust. Here are a few of the shots I got this morning...

Monday, August 17, 2009

Photobucket went DELETE HAPPY on me....

WARNING...this will be long and VERY negative! Ha! just warnin ya!

I've been having issues with photobucket deleting certain pics of mine! Some are of Avyree in her panties or just without a shirt on! This violates their TOS apparently! A 2 year old in just her diaper or panties! Ummm...okay! Then they deleted photos that were NOT of her nakey just with no top on! Yet, leaving some of her in JUST her panties! So I emailed them about the issue. They said they do not allow CHILD NUDITY on their site EVEN IF YOUR ACCOUNT IS SET TO PRIVATE! And they WILL delete them as THEY see fit! So I wrote back expressing my frustration and the INCONSISTENT way in which they delete photos from my account. Deleting some that are NOT against their TOS, deleting others that are just MY 2 year old with no shirt on yet leaving ones of her in just her panties and felt that their selection process was not very professional nor consistent! And that I did not appreciate no warning and just having the pics of MY children disappear that THEIR discretion! I told them I would no longer be using photobucket to host my images but unfortunately would not be able to delete my account due to MANY tuts on different boards/blogs over the past 2 years!

So for kicks about an hour or so later I went back into my account and...THIS is what I saw...

Nice huh? Basically they went through my account with a FINE TOOTH COMB and deleted pretty much EVERY pic that has Avyree with no shirt on! It's hard to keep clothes on the kid! Haha! Even pics of her in her highchair covered in chocolate ice cream. I took some while we were camping in the desert in our 5th wheel and Avyree was in the BACKGROUND with no shirt on and THEY DELETED it! So since I was an UNhappy customer and talked to customer service about why I was unhappy, they did a photo raid on me! VERY VERY PROFESSIONAL PHOTOBUCKET! THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR ATTENTION TO DETAIL AND FINE FINE CUSTOMER SERVICE! I COMMEND YOU FOR YOUR DEDICATION TO YOUR CUSTOMERS! TOP NOTCH SERVICE!

So needless to say I AM DONE WITH PHOTOBUCKET & will NEVER EVER use them!

Last time I checked...I was 33 with 2 kids! Not only are they MY images, and MY kids, I guess I was under the SAD impression that business' worked for the good of people...NOT revenge! So glad to be set straight! Point taken...on photobucket your images are NOT REALLY YOURS and you will be treated like a child and have your toys taken away without warning or care if your teeny tiny pinky toe touches that chalk line!!! Nothing like being parented from a hosting website! I also know of a bikini model photographer who photographs ADULTS with PROOF they are adults and photobucket deletes his photos too! They say that on some the front of the bikini is too small, yet will leave shots from the back of a girl wearing a g string bikini! Sound consistent to YOU? NOT to me! I feel like my images are being stolen or being held for ransom! It does NOT feel good to feel like you have no control over YOUR images and they can take them from you! YES...OF COURSE I have the full size images tucked away safely on my EHD. But there was a LOT of time taken to resize, WM etc and would take FOR-freakin-EVER to reload them all and replace the codes in my posts on my blogs!

And I am not that person that goes around complaining and bashing companies! So this is true frustration from my heart!

Why do I share my story here? Two reasons...if any screen shots are missing...THIS is why! VERY careful with Photobucket. If you PISS THEM OFF, they may raid your account and go delete happy on you too!

I am in the process of trying different hosting places at the moment and have gotten lots of great help and advice on who to use! For now I'm using Flickr. But I am not finding it very convenient so I'm still researching other options!

So the tuts will still be coming and I WILL make sure that I can find a hosting site that will not PARENT the images I choose to post of MY OWN KIDS!

Phew...vent over! Ha!

Some Macro Monday stuff...

I don't know why I haven't been shooting more Macro stuff? I truly love it and it's such a happy place for me. I love taking them and editing them! I've had a lot of events lately and have 3 cards full of images in my EHD to edit, so that's probably why! Ha! Once I get caught up on my shots and after Avyree's party in two weeks, I'll be picking up this lens more!

Here are a few I took outside this morning for Macro Monday on my Family Photography Message board.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Some wild stuff..

Well, wild flowers and such! Ha! The shots themselves are not so wild. I've been neglecting my Macro lens. Not because I want to, I think I just haven't been inspired. I don't have anything pretty close by to shoot. I think it's time to go to the store and buy some flowers or something!

Here are a few snaps I took at a picnic on Sunday! Hope all is well...

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Macro as art....

I love it! Not your traditional Macro. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE that too! But I am obsessed right now with Macro and stills as art! To see what I mean check out Kiwi Gal's FLICKR. She has Macro work, stills and just GREAT stuff! I am in AWE of her Macro and still work and LOVE how she is able to convert it to art! I am 500 million light years away from her, but we all have to start somewhere right?

I LOVE the reflection in the water drop here...

These remind me of Pea Pods...
And just a lil guy trying to dry off his wings...

What I love so much about Macro is you can really make it your own. You can do this with portraits too. But there is just something about being able to take a Macro and turn it into what you envision....any way you envision.
Macro for me is very relaxing. It can turn a bad day into a good one. Which is why I chose to shoot some Macros today. Just one of those days. And you know what? I DO feel better! :O)
Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Little stranger...

This isn't my normal pretty things share! I was outside taking shots of water drops in the grass this morning and have no idea how I spotted this little stranger. But I'm so glad I did. I'm always amazed by these tiny guys! Why I call them guys I don't know! Ha! I love that my Macro lens can pick up detail in a spider smaller than a dime that my naked eye cannot. Some are prettier than others. I love the red on this lil guys face. It seems to give him character.

So I will call him "Red Faced Bandit"! Looks like he's wearing little blue socks! :O)

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Some purty flowers...

with some purty soft edits! These are the teeny tiny wild flowers that we all have everywhere! I just love shooting these little guys with my Macro lens.

I used some LB on them and a pastel wash action from Childs Play. And a new cleaner WM...for now! :O)

Hope everyone is having a beautiful week!


About My Macro Blog

Not much to say. I got my EF 100mm 2.8 Macro lens at the end of June and have been hooked! So I wanted a seperate blog to display my Macro shots for those who appreciate this type of thing and to not bore those who don't! Ha! I hope you like the blog! :O)

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