Flower Portrait: Macro Delight

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. 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!


    1. 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.

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    1. 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. 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 😦

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      1. 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!

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    1. 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. 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.

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  1. 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. 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.

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      1. 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™‚


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