Flower Portrait: Macro #2

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Stamens of a rose
Stamens of a rose

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  1. This is macro indeed. A beautiful pulsating shot. You needed this new camera to showcase your love of flowers super-splendidly. You’ve obviously established a good partnership already.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks Meg. Yes, this is why I wanted this lens. I love flower photography as you are well aware, but my close-ups were often blurred when you zoom in. I hope to make a lot of use of this lens, but I am starting slowly and with a subject I know well. Let’s hope I can improve!

  2. Sue says:

    Oh my, you have opened up a whole new world, Jude! Love the vibrant colours (but not ones I would wear!)

    1. Heyjude says:

      Yes! This is what I craved the macro lens for to get in much, much closer. Still need a lot of practice using the lens though as it is very difficult to keep the focus still. I just have to take my time and concentrate harder and use a manual focus, which seems to work better. I adore orange, but maybe not with lilac 😉

      1. Sue says:

        You need to use a tripod, Jude…… 😀

        1. Heyjude says:

          I’ll start using a tripod once I have an idea of the settings, I must admit I prefer hand-held as tripods get a bit fiddly. I actually carry two different sizes in the back of my car, but only ever use them for a sunset photo!

        2. Sue says:

          Oh, you’ll get used to it, Jude! You’ll notice the difference with macros…..

        3. Heyjude says:

          Maybe when I have my own garden I can practice more!

        4. Sue says:


  3. Now that’s a macro shot. Well done! You seem to have mastered the new camera.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Getting there ET. Slowly… but enjoying the journey.

      1. Well this one is a cracker.

        1. Heyjude says:

          Thank you. I hope you like the next one!

  4. Lucid Gypsy says:

    How gorgeous, no breeze either!

    1. Heyjude says:

      This is what I wanted the macro lens for, to be able to capture close-ups that are still sharp when ‘blown up’. I want some decent weather so I can take it to my nearest garden where I can concentrate on the flowers.

  5. Sue Slaght says:

    Wow Jude I think you have that macro lens working very well. Stunning capture as those the flower is quivering with vibrancy.
    How is your foot?

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thank you Sue. This is another example of my first attempts. I hope to show some improvement as I take more images. I have one to come that I adore!

      Foot much better, but still some pain and swelling in the area especially today after driving for 3 hours yesterday. I will try to avoid walking on it too much! Thanks for asking 🙂

      1. Sue Slaght says:

        Glad to hear it’s improving albeit slowly.

  6. How beautiful is this.. love this Micro shot.. 🙂 and sorry to hear you injured your foot.. ( reading comments above ) Sending healing thoughts xx Sue

  7. pommepal says:

    You are certainly coming to grips with your new camera Jude. Love the colour, orange is my favourite flower colour it is so vibrant. Take care of that foot, do you have it wrapped in a pressure bandage?

    1. Heyjude says:

      Incredibly deep orange stamens on this rose. I was so excited to see them so detailed! My Gertude Jekyll (the one I always miss in flower in spring) now has 11 more buds (I cut it right down when I got home and found it almost dead). I hope I can get at least one decent photo of her.
      I do have a compression bandage, but not using it at the moment. Still sore, but improving.

      1. pommepal says:

        The bandage will help!!! Do you have Peace rose? It is one of my favourites, an oldy but a goody…

        1. Heyjude says:

          You could be right, maybe I should start wearing it during the day.

          No Peace roses, but my father grew them. I only have a few in pots – Gertrude, this lilac one, a red patio rose and some tiny ones that my daughter bought me for Mother’s Day a couple of years ago and for some reason keep on flowering!

        2. pommepal says:

          You must be longing to have your own garden Jude. I grew roses in NZ but, though they grow here they are hard work with lots of problems due to the humidity. They have to be constantly sprayed. I miss them…

        3. Heyjude says:

          I don’t think I’ll be growing too many roses. I quite fancy a NZ / SA style garden 😀

        4. pommepal says:

          My NZ garden was quite different to what I have now.

        5. Heyjude says:

          It’s good to have a change. I love cottage gardens, but I also love the Zen style gardens too! I’m sure the space will speak to me when I get there.

        6. pommepal says:

          Have you found anything yet?

        7. Heyjude says:

          WIP – hope to be able to say more soon!

  8. Gorgeous macro, one to be proud of! I know what you mean about the focus going soft when images are large. Not sure I’m ready for another camera yet, but your flower macros are certainly a DSLR selling point.

    1. Heyjude says:

      I am very happy with this one and it makes the change of camera worthwhile. Though I doubt I shall ever get to grips with all the settings! Like phones, cameras seem to include everything but the kitchen sink these days.

      1. I wonder if any photographer actually gets to grips with ALL the settings? You’d have to take a very wide variety of photo types to use them all. And not be a hobbyist! 🙂

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