Macro Monday #18

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delicate-1I found this tiny decaying flower / petal whilst tidying up the pots at the weekend. Only 0.5cm diameter it is tiny. As it was a windy day I brought it inside and placed it on a black cloth to photograph.



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  1. wow Jude, this is gorgeous. Clever you.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks Carol. I was frustrated with the lens outdoors last week so thought I’d practise indoors. Felt much better after this session.

      1. I love these photos. You’ve mastered it, I’d say!

        1. Heyjude says:

          Until the next time…

  2. Tish Farrell says:

    Exquisite, Jude. Like an ancient jewel. Saxon I’d say 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      It does look a lot like a brooch.

  3. Sue says:

    Marvellous, Jude! You are getting the hang of this macro lark….

    1. Heyjude says:

      Mmm… some days yes, others no. But I will keep practising.

      1. Sue says:

        Don’t put yourself down, girl!

        1. Heyjude says:

          I get annoyed when I can’t get the focus right, but it is good to take it slowly. Sometimes it hits the sweet spot straight away, other times…

        2. Sue says:

          Life, eh?

  4. Arkenaten says:

    Stunning! How the heck can I come close let alone top this? 🙂

    May I ask which camera & lens you use, please, Jude?

    1. Heyjude says:

      Still learning to use this lens Ark. Maybe it is easier indoors. The focus can be somewhat erratic. I have an Olympus E-M10 and this is the 60mm macro lens. Only got the camera last year; so different to my Fuji bridge!

      1. Arkenaten says:

        I just set the camera to Auto and off we go!
        I agree with the focus thingy too. Even when the central ‘dot’ lights up it is not always spot on.

        1. Heyjude says:

          I’m pretty much an Auto person too, which is why I struggle with this camera and lens, and I have had instances where the focus has been spot on, but I can’t press the shutter and then when I can, it is out of focus!

        2. Arkenaten says:

          Tell me about it! But when I look back on the shots I took with my old Olympus OM10 35mm lens , this Canon 55mm I have is miles and miles better. And of course we can takes hundreds of shots if we like, with pretty much zero expense, right?

        3. Heyjude says:

          I like the colours from this camera, they seem much brighter, and you are quite right, what we don’t like we can easily discard. I look at old photos too and think how rubbish they are, but is that the camera or me improving?

        4. Arkenaten says:

          Both, no doubt.
          Remember, in the ‘Old Days’ analogue photographers still fiddled with shots in the darkroom; enhancing this, highlighting that.
          Yes, this took a lot of skill but if you didn’t know how to compose a photograph or you don’t have ‘the eye’ all the technical know- how was simply no-how?

          Bill Jones jr. and his wife Maria have a marvelous blog series on the history of photography, mainly focusing on Street, including all the pioneers.
          I can post a link if you’re interested?

        5. Heyjude says:

          Post the link, I’m sure others will be interested too.

  5. This is so exquisite, Jude. You did a great job. 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks Sylvia. I haven’t used the lens for a while and need the practice!

      1. Practice made perfect. 🙂

  6. Dina says:

    The beauty in decay always make me smile, it looks wonderful, Jude.

    1. Heyjude says:

      It is a tiny flower/petal about the size of my thumbnail but I do like the skeleton leaves etc. So delicate looking.

      1. Dina says:

        Amazing! It really looks delicate, lake a lace.

  7. Lignum Draco says:

    Lovely shots. Love the fine detail and texture. Perfect in B/W.

    How many blogs do you have? Didn’t you shut a few down a year or two ago?

    1. Heyjude says:

      They looked quite nice in the natural sepia colour, but I liked the way this makes the flower look like it is worked in silver. I have 3 blogs LD. Shut down a couple of photoblogs a few years ago and integrated them in Travel Words. I still like this one on its own though I suppose it could merge at some point. Or when I run out of space for images I might just start over!

  8. This is lovely, and what a good idea to bring it inside to photograph it. It reminds me of the dead hydrangea flowers I took photos of meaning to use them for the Macro garden challenge, but then forgot! I might pick one or two off and bring them inside to practise with them!

    1. Heyjude says:

      I think it is from a hydrangea, but a very tiny bit!

      1. I will have to get one of my hydrangea petals and compare it with your photo!

  9. elleturner4 says:

    Beautiful. I have some photos like this of hydrangea skeletons! If you fancy a look they’re here….

    1. Heyjude says:

      I suspect this is from a hydrangea too.

  10. Lucid Gypsy says:

    Ahh, I thought it was the same as my last skeleton flower, but I don’t have a hydrangea. It’s beautiful Jude, I really love these tiny remains and always keep my eyes open for them. My own favourite is still the tomatillo casing last year, which is now framed.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Perhaps yours blew in from elsewhere.

  11. Sue Slaght says:

    Jude at first glance I thought I was looking at sculptures. Very creative approach.

    1. Heyjude says:

      it would make a lovely silver pendant or brooch. Would need to be bigger than it was though as this was tiny.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Took my time with this one – thank you Sarah 🙂

  12. pommepal says:

    Taken as a macro it looks larger than life and is so intricate. You have got the focus spot on.

    1. Heyjude says:

      That’s what I do like about this lens. The magnification. I turned the ‘flower’ around to alter the focus point. I like the first one (after the header) best.

  13. Lynne Ayers says:

    Beautiful, Jude. Nice work.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks Janaline.

  14. Jane Lurie says:

    Oh, my. Such delicate and intricate beauty, Jude. Well done.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thank you Jane 🙂

  15. I had the impression I was looking at filigree jewelry (American spelling).

    1. Heyjude says:

      It is rather charming 😉

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