November Competition: Macro & Close Ups

Intricate beauty of a weed”

Canon 70D with Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM lens
Shutter Priority Mode: f/11, 1/1000sec, ISO-400, Spot metering, focal length 169mm

Sadly I have no macro or primes in my kit, so when I headed off to Mullibah Lagoon with my longest reach kit zoom lens, the best I could hope for was to snag a handheld “closeup” type shot of a butterfly, bug or bird. Chose a pretty breezy day, hardly a bird to be seen & only marginal success with butterflies & bugs.
Dejected & heading back to the car, I spotted a decent clump of the browny-coloured dandelions under a tree in ground still soggy from the flood.
Got this one lying on my belly (hoping a slithery didn’t approach from the rear) & focused on one further back in the patch which wasn’t blowing around quite as much.
Was very happy when I zoomed in on this on the back of the camera, but came away with wet & filthy clothes & covered in dandelion fluff. I LOVE the fragile delicate intricacy of dandelions.
Cropped heavily in Photoshop with some exposure adjustment.


Busy Bee: Canon 70D, f/5.6, 1/250 ISO-1600 100mm


Taken with a 55mm – 300mm lens


Tears From A Leaf


Rooster named Horatio
Recently we went on an outing to Narrabri where we visited a chicken farm.
This rooster, lovingly named Horatio, was an accomplished model.  He strutted his stuff in a cage with an open door and posed for the camera.
My close up photo was mainly of his eye and head
My camera is a Canon 60D and I used shutter priority with f/2.8   1/80 sec   ISO 200
The only editing I did was a tiny bit of contrast

Ornamental grass head. Just on of many beautiful things in the garden that I have always overlooked.
Remembrance Day
The letter in this photo is from a young soldier to his mother. It was dictated to a nurse in a field hospital in Cairo the day before he died. She would not have received it until months later.
It  is intensely poignant and interesting historically, but also very personal.
Using the macro lens (and compostition) allowed me to keep the important words sharp in extreme close up with very accurate depth of field to slightly blur signatures etc ( for privacy).
(Taken with a very old lens so all settings manual!)
ISO 100 55mm macro f4 1/30 sec
‘Country Cockroach’. The image was taken on 28 October 2012 in my backyard. The camera used was a Canon EOS 60D with a tripod and cable release, and the lens used was a Tamron Macro 90mm. The settings were f/5 exposure 1/160 sec, ISO 400, and focal length 90mm.

Shooting Mode Manual Exposure

Tv(Shutter Speed) 1/80

Av(Aperture Value) 5.6

Lens EF-S17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM

ISO Speed 400


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