Friday, December 3, 2010

Beauty is in the eye of the lens holder...

Oh isn't that so true! It's amazing the beauty you can find in random things with a macro lens. Things you never thought were beautiful before all of a sudden come to life! It always amazes me! Almost all of my macro shots come from my yard. We are not green thumb people...not even close. So I do not have an over abundance of gorgeous flowers to shoot. I have weeds, a few wild flowers and random odds and ends. This used to bother me. You see..I hate my yard. It's not pretty and doesn't hold a world of beautiful things to shoot. But I think this has actually helped me see past the traditional macro shots and has forced me to really look. To search to find something that intrigues me. Something that moves me. And gives me a great challenge to find something unique in a yard that lacks beauty. It's sharpened my eye and gave me the option of variety! It's made me more creative in what I shoot and how I edit it. So this reminds me that beauty can be anywhere...if you really look for it!

Today's adventure...

This lone bee had pollen packed legs which I was excited to see when I loaded them...

I think he's had enough of me! Bye bye bee...thank you for the honor...

This is the one thing I have an over abundance of....

Ivy...I actually really hate Ivy. It breeds spiders which I hate the.most! But....on this particular tree the Ivy has started to grow up and wrap around my tree. That I like....

And I also love that if shot at the right angle and crop, they look like hearts...

Dead branches in the Ivy covered tree. I love the tones and slight blue sky in the bokeh...

This is a tiny tree.weed thing. It's quite ugly in person. I knew there was a hidden shot here. I took about 20 shots of this little thing. The vines on these things are angry and stubborn. But it paid off with these two angles! Love the light and the comp....

An ugly rusty old chain link fence. I truly despise my chain link fence. I want a pretty wood gate that looks nice and gives me privacy! I'm a recluse and love my privacy. But even a rusty ugly chain link fence can be made pretty and interesting! The bokeh here is devine! This reminds me of a bunny with it's ears down...

And it's happier twin with it's ears up....

It felt good to get out the macro lens. I was feeling it today. I was wanting to get out there and shoot macro. That's when I always have the most fun and am happiest with my shots. So that is why I don't post here too often. I only shoot macro when the need is so great it fills my heart with the peace I need at that time!

So thanks for looking. I encourage you to get your macro lens out and look at the world in a different way. And if you don't have a macro lens, strap on that kit lens or wide angle lens, zoom out and get close. You'll be amazed at the detail you can get. Before I got my macro I used my little 18-55 kit lens and I still love those shots!

Happy Holidays to you and your family! May it be filled with love, friends, family and photography presents! :)


Alison - BigMama's Cooking in a Dutch Oven December 3, 2010 at 10:11 PM  

Crystal - love all of these. I was in a friend's garden doing trying for much of the same, and he wondered what could be so interesting in his weed-filled insect-ridden garden! ALL OF IT!

Your photos are beautiful!

When you say "macro", which lens are you referring to?

Alison, your neighborhood Pea

momaziggy December 3, 2010 at 10:33 PM  

Hey Alison! Thank you so much! I love the challenge of having to really look for something to shoot & finding a way to shoot & edit it in a way to make it interesting! I have the Canon 100 2.8 ... not the L version tho! :)

Photo's by Shan December 3, 2010 at 11:08 PM  

You rock!! ♥♥♥

momaziggy December 3, 2010 at 11:18 PM  

Aw...thank you so much Shan! :)

Jennifer December 4, 2010 at 7:36 AM  

LoVeLy!!!--I sooooo want a macro lens! Just don't know what I want more, jump ships to a different body, or get a macro for the camera I have-hmmmm!
I heart the bee shots!--Too awesome that you can see the pollen!

momaziggy December 7, 2010 at 11:58 AM  

Thank you so much Jennifer! It's always hard to decide between body or lens! Good luck deciding! Happy Holidays! :)


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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