Flower Portrait: Macro #1

My first attempts at using my new macro lens and I know these are far from perfect, but I felt they were good enough to share. I have a steep learning curve ahead of me!

Nalinki at Angles and Views has started #flowersoverflowers where we can share our favourite blossoms of the week. It seems like a good idea to spread some blooms across the Internet. I am more than happy to join in.

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  1. Sammy D. says:

    Great first attempt. I find encouragement when others are willing to show their own learning curves.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Weather against me at the moment, but I’m hoping it will be dryer by the end of the week so I can have more attempts.

      1. Sammy D. says:

        Did I read in a comment that you injured your foot? What happened? Are you healing?

        1. Heyjude says:

          Twisted / sprained ankle so it is painful and swollen 😦 Seemed much better this morning, but swollen again after being on it for a couple of hours. Damn nuisance!

        2. Sammy D. says:

          So sorry! You need to stay off it! Let the damn rabbits wait on you for a change!!

  2. They look beautiful. Happy practicing!!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks Janaline, I sure will.

  3. Sue says:

    Glad to see you got your macro, and hope you get to grips with it in a way that you like soon!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Need practice, this was just a tiny flower in my ‘yard’. Hoping to get more flowers if the sun comes out again!

      1. Sue says:

        Bit of an ask, Jude!

  4. Gorgeous macros! 🌼🌻

  5. Lucid Gypsy says:

    OOh lovely, you ‘re going to have fun with that lens, I can see we are too πŸ™‚

    1. Heyjude says:

      I hope so! it would be a dreadful waste of money otherwise πŸ˜‰

  6. Great start Jude. I’ll be following your macro learning with interest. It’s a skill I find difficult to master.

    1. Heyjude says:

      I have a few books at home that I might try and work my way through. And if the sun shines this weekend I will try and find a garden in which to practice. The hardest part is focusing, it shakes all over the place the closer you get, and this was hand-held.

      1. That’s what I find. The photo looks great on the small screen on the camera and it’s only when I look at it on the computer I find it’s not in focus.

        1. Heyjude says:

          The focus on this lens is very, very small so that needs to be very, very sharp. My focus was on the stamens and it sort of worked.

  7. Whoohoo! Congratulations. We have delights in store. I hope your ankle mends quickly. I like the idea of the rabbits looking after you. After all Peanut can talk. Put it to him.

    1. Heyjude says:

      After spending half-an hour persuading him to get back in the hutch tonight I am not talking to him! At first I thought they’d escaped from the garden until I found that they’d discovered a way to get behind the greenhouse. Great how useful a broom can be!

      1. Did I mention that J used a broom to provoke alpaca coitus interruptus? He’d brandish it and yell “Watch out. Mr Broom’s coming.” It’s interesting that you too have animal care problems. That devil word, “interesting”!

        1. Heyjude says:

          Interesting… at least I don’t have that to cope with.

    2. Heyjude says:

      Spoke too soon.

  8. Sue Slaght says:

    Jude they look fantastic to me. I know I’m no expert but that’s what I think. Reading through the comments I’m sorry to hear the ankle is still giving grief.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thank you Sue, the blurred background is very good, I need to be sharper in focus though, but this was my first attempt (and several hit the bin straight away). I hope I shall improve. The ankle isn’t as painful now, but still swelled up after a short spell of walking on it yesterday. This foot is always giving me grief! it is the one that I have Achilles tendonitis in, and coming back from Australia I gave it a nasty knock on metal steps which turned it black! So I am kinda used to hobbling 😦

      1. Sue Slaght says:

        Jude we bought a mirrorless camera and although it remains on auto I do love playing with that blurred background.
        Good news that your foot is less painful. Now just to get that swelling to settle. Sounds like that limb has been on quite the arduous adventure!

  9. pommepal says:

    Excellent nicely blurred (bokeh) background, and the stamens are lovely and sharp. You are having a lot of fun with your new camera. What brand is it?

    1. Heyjude says:

      Actually the stamens aren’t quite sharp enough if you zoom in which is why I have left them at this size. My aim is to get 1:1 sharpness, but it may require a tripod for that and I find tripods a bit of a hassle. It’s an Olympus EM10 quite small but with interchangeable lenses – a 4/3 system. I am impressed with the colour and the bokeh even from the 40 – 150mm lens which I used in the garden photos coming up at the weekend. See what you think of them. Oh and another macro, this time zoomed right in, next week.

      1. pommepal says:

        I used to have an Olympus SLR in the “old” days. Took it all round India, China etc, but it was rather large and cumbersome. Technology has come a long way since the 1980’s. I always look forward to your photos Jude.

        1. Heyjude says:

          Oh, thank you Pauline πŸ™‚

  10. Ah, osteospermums have to be one of my favourite macro flower subjects πŸ˜€ Which lens did you get? The weather really is against us at the moment!! We did pop up to Shropshire the other weekend but only for the Friday and Saturday night. The weather was relatively kind to us but it just felt chilly for August and Heather’s garden wasn’t quite so full of colour. We won’t get a chance to get back up until Christmas time.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Osteospermums have such interesting centres. I love them. Need more practice! It’s a 60mm macro lens for the Olympus 4/3 system. It has been quite chilly in Shropshire this month, August has been terrible for a few years now. May and June seem to be better. I am down your way at the moment, bunny-sitting and hope the weather is kind for a couple of days so I can get to Wisley for a couple of hours! The Alpine Houses may be a good spot to use the macro lens.

      1. The alpines are great for it, and the main glasshouse of course! Email me if you’re going and I’ll try to meet up with you there. Surrey Sculpture Society exhibition will have started now and some of the pieces can make for intriguing macro abstracts too πŸ™‚ mirador.design@googlemail.com

        1. Heyjude says:

          Saw some of the sculpture trail last weekend and I wasn’t that excited by it. I have seen some wonderful pieces in the past, but not much took my fancy this year. Of course I was looking for Alice so not paying a huge amount of attention to the sculptures. Feeling tired today so I may not go anywhere, see how I feel later. πŸ™‚

        2. I can’t work out what the weather’s doing today! The blue skies seem to have vanished already 😦

        3. Heyjude says:

          I know, and this heavy weather gives me horrible headaches. How are you feeling?

        4. Me too! It’s been a dreadful summer for me. Constantly fatigued and in pain. Really can’t cope with the humidity we have here these days 😦 It’s just incredibly frustrating!

  11. Cool! I’m liking the blur going on.

    1. Heyjude says:

      This new camera produces a lovely bokeh with this lens. Wait until you see the macro images!

      1. Definitely looking forward to them!

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