Macro

{119/365} – Macro Monday

Take it easy, I said, yeah, right . . . seconds after I waxed poetic about my iPhone, it dropped dead – kaput.  I looked at in horror – my contract isn’t up until July, we’re getting our desktop fixed, you can’t do this to me now!  No! And I shook it.  And I smacked the front of it.  I banged on the back of it.  And then, I pondered, and decided to try resetting the darn thing to factory settings.  And lucky, hold your breath, not only is it fine, but I finally upgraded the software.  Which means . .  MORE APPS!

Did you know you could texturize your photos with apps? 

This is the view from my office, aged, and grunged up with Vintage Scene.

 

 And this is the view from the other side of the building, with an acid wash effect from Pic Grunger.  And, if you would join Instagram (big hint, again!!!), you would have seen them seconds after I took them.  Seconds.

Ok, so where’s the macro.  Here it is — but you didn’t know you could find mushrooms growing on an urban sidestreet –

mushrooms 

 My neighbors have a little mushroom patch growing right outside their front stoop. 

And, Picture Fall today is all about color – of course, when I don’t have a lot of walking around time.  But, this was taken from my bedroom window, and I have a few on my disc, so I haven’t picked which one I’m going to use — this one, to me, is also asking (or begging) for a texture.  Just maybe.  But in the meantime:

autumnleaves 

So, that’s it for Macro Monday – I maybe post again later tonight with more Fall color, or not.

{112/365} – Muses (or just musings) and Reflections

Right now, my world revolves around my husband, my dog, and the Phils.

But, you’ve seen enough pictures of them, haven’t you?

Or not.

The theme today for Picture Fall was muses.  My husband’s main muse right now (besides me, the dog and the Phils)?  A Camaro.  And, for his birthday, I couldn’t buy him a Camaro, so I bought him the next closet thing, sort of:

First, for Macro Monday:

Hands 

Yep,  got him a ’69 Model Camaro – mean?  No, he’s having a great time!  Men love a good project!

Model Building 

Model Building 2 

Model Building 3 

And me, what inspires me?  What muse speaks to me?  My husband, my dog . . . camera, textures, random thoughts, and  hopefully, my Polaroid SX-70 that I bought off of Craig’s List today! 

 

 

I couldn’t decide which one I liked better.  I was leaning towards the top one (which is the one I ended up using for Picture Fall, just because it’s lighter), but my husband likes the bottom one.  Any thoughts?

And, what the heck, if I’m shooting myself, I might as well expose myself even more . . . and link up.  And, if anyone is interested, really interested in self-portraiture, I stumbled up on this class, You are Your Own Muse – this is not an endorsement, or a recommendation, I just found it, and thought I’d share, and if you’re interested, you should check it out.  Her site looks lovely, and her photography is really compelling.

In the meantime, go on over to the Old Nichols Farm to check out the other brave portraiteers!

 

Facing Myself

{112/365} – Muses (or just musings) and Reflections

Right now, my world revolves around my husband, my dog, and the Phils.

But, you’ve seen enough pictures of them, haven’t you?

Or not.

The theme today for Picture Fall was muses.  My husband’s main muse right now (besides me, the dog and the Phils)?  A Camaro.  And, for his birthday, I couldn’t buy him a Camaro, so I bought him the next closet thing, sort of:

First, for Macro Monday:

Hands 

Yep,  got him a ’69 Model Camaro – mean?  No, he’s having a great time!  Men love a good project!

Model Building 

Model Building 2 

Model Building 3 

And me, what inspires me?  What muse speaks to me?  My husband, my dog . . . camera, textures, random thoughts, and  hopefully, my Polaroid SX-70 that I bought off of Craig’s List today! 

 

 

I couldn’t decide which one I liked better.  I was leaning towards the top one (which is the one I ended up using for Picture Fall, just because it’s lighter), but my husband likes the bottom one.  Any thoughts?

And, what the heck, if I’m shooting myself, I might as well expose myself even more . . . and link up.  And, if anyone is interested, really interested in self-portraiture, I stumbled up on this class, You are Your Own Muse – this is not an endorsement, or a recommendation, I just found it, and thought I’d share, and if you’re interested, you should check it out.  Her site looks lovely, and her photography is really compelling.

In the meantime, go on over to the Old Nichols Farm to check out the other brave portraiteers!

 

Facing Myself

{109/365} – A Fall Macro Friday (and a little Lemon too)

Today is the midpoint of Picture Fall, and today’s prompt was just a little reminder that what we’re doing matters, to take things at our own pace, and perhaps look for enlightening messages in the things we see through our lens.

Anyway, I don’t think you can look for these little messages, I think they just happen, and rather than force something, I decided to take a break from Picture Fall (another perfectly fine message – taking a break is fine!), and just shoot something for Macro Friday:

Feather2 

So, the reason I’m pleased with this picture is not that it’s such a great, memorable, emotion invoking shot, but rather I learned a few new things:  a.  I changed my metering mode to spot metering, and I’m pleased, and b.  I shot in RAW for the very first time ever, and managed to feel my way through Adobe Camera Raw (definitely an easier, more intuitive program than Photoshop) – nothing close to mastery of course, but I played with the sliders, watched how they changed this histogram, stuff like that, just tried to introduce myself to the process, and now that I’ve dipped my little toe in, I can dive in deeper.

Feather3 

 And what’s a better way to start the weekend than a photo of Lemon??? No better way of course!

Lemoninthesunnyspot 

Although my parents did shell out big bucks to take us to see Jersey Boys tonight, and I think they might think that’s a better way to start the weekend than a photo of Lemon, but oh well, can’t please everyone!

{109/365} – A Fall Macro Friday (and a little Lemon too)

Today is the midpoint of Picture Fall, and today’s prompt was just a little reminder that what we’re doing matters, to take things at our own pace, and perhaps look for enlightening messages in the things we see through our lens.

Anyway, I don’t think you can look for these little messages, I think they just happen, and rather than force something, I decided to take a break from Picture Fall (another perfectly fine message – taking a break is fine!), and just shoot something for Macro Friday:

Feather2 

So, the reason I’m pleased with this picture is not that it’s such a great, memorable, emotion invoking shot, but rather I learned a few new things:  a.  I changed my metering mode to spot metering, and I’m pleased, and b.  I shot in RAW for the very first time ever, and managed to feel my way through Adobe Camera Raw (definitely an easier, more intuitive program than Photoshop) – nothing close to mastery of course, but I played with the sliders, watched how they changed this histogram, stuff like that, just tried to introduce myself to the process, and now that I’ve dipped my little toe in, I can dive in deeper.

Feather3 

 And what’s a better way to start the weekend than a photo of Lemon??? No better way of course!

Lemoninthesunnyspot 

Although my parents did shell out big bucks to take us to see Jersey Boys tonight, and I think they might think that’s a better way to start the weekend than a photo of Lemon, but oh well, can’t please everyone!

{66/365} – Macro Monday – Pizza!

Day 1 of trial has begun.  We have 14 people in the box, and I’m going to open tomorrow.  No time to make dinner, time for pizza!

{66/365} 

 

How’s that for a Macro Monday – a closeup of all of that grease, and cheese, and more cheese . . . yum!  Too bad my suits aren’t going to fit by the end of the trial.

Luckily, I am feeling better – thank you for your well wishes!  And, I’m so excited — for company – lots of company as I continue on in my 365 day path of photo learning.  Maegan from Madeleine Bea/Life Set to Words is embarking on her second year of 365 days, and has asked for fellow travelers to join her in her quest for vision, knowledge, and growth in the art of photography.  I can’t tell you how much I’ve learned in just 66 days, and I urge you, if you’ve been on the fence, or hesitating – take the plunge.  There are no rules – they are your 365 days – however you want to do them.  It’s a big commitment, but it’s a commitment to yourself – and you deserve it! 

365 Days

Macro Monday – Butterflies!

Congratulations Lisa on your 100th episode of Macro Monday! 

 

Cheers!

We spent the weekend in Sea Isle City, New Jersey – and, ok, I admit it, I went a little butterfly crazy!  But, we just don’t have butterflies in urban Philly!

Smallbutterfly6 

Smallbutterfly8 

Verticalbutterfly2 

Sidebrownbutterfly 

Perchedbrownbutterfly 

Verticalbutterfly 

Buttterfly9 

Butterfly8 

Closeupbrownbutterfly 

Flyingbrownbutterfly 

Flyingbrownbutterfly2 

Blueberrybutterfly 

brownbutterfly1 

Butterfly7 

Closedbutterfly 

Oh, and there are more – but that’s really enough. 

Congrats again Lisa!

{45/365} – Polaroids, Podcasts, and oh, yeah, Macro Monday

Why oh why do I continue to shoot macro in low light?  First, I don’t have a macro lens, and second, my tripod is stinky.  I should have done this at lunchtime instead of when I came home after work – especially when work was such a long day.

I started my day at the prison, and had a chat with the visitor’s guard about their Polaroid “portrait studio.”  I asked him about film, and all he could say was it was from a foreign company, and he made some vague reference to buying “overseas.”  I tilted my head a bit, and suggested “Fuji?”  And he said maybe, he was very unclear.  I asked him if he thought they would run out of film, and he didn’t seem concerned.  He did say they’ve had to raise the price of a photo ticket though.  Anyway, in my “I’m in intrigued with Polaroids” post, I mentioned that I had seen a few Polaroid manipulation videos that were interesting but didn’t have the links – so here are the links – here and here.  These are from Scott Wittenburg’s video podcast Photography 101.  I don’t know much about Wittenburg, but he seems like an interesting guy – he was in a band, he did commercial photography, he was a high school photography teacher, and he writes murder mysteries.  An all around guy.  Anyway, I’ve watched a few of his podcasts, and they’re short and very teacherly.  Check it out.  His most recent podcast is an HDR tutorial (which has me intrigued . . .), and the previous episode he invited a former student on the show, and she prepared a slide show of photos she had shot around New York City.  She talked about what she was thinking when she took the shot, why she liked it, why she cropped it the way she did, and not only what edits she made in Photoshop, but aesthetically and artistically what she was trying to say with the edits.  Interesting stuff.

Speaking of podcasts (since I really don’t want to show you my crappy photos), I also love the Candid Frame.  In each episode of the Candid Frame, the host, Ibarionex R. Perello, interviews a a photographer much like Inside the Actor’s Studio without the insipid brownnosing.  He talks about their photographic beginnings, their love of photography, their vision, style, projects, everything.  If I hadn’t busted my laptop over the weekend, I would be reaching back into his archives to listen to his interview with David duChemin.  On Friday, Di Mackey stopped by my blog via the August Break, and after reading my intro, and my disclaimer – “I’m not a professional photographer . . .” she left me a lovely comment, in which she reminded me that the difference between a hobbyist and a professional is that a professional makes money taking photos, but we are all photographers.  She then pointed me towards duChemin’s strangely underpriced ebooks at Craft and Vision.  In his book, Vision is Better, he semi-rants about how gear is good, but vision is better – that professionals don’t necessarily turn out better work, they just get paid.  The whole thing is really eye-opening.  And for $5, it’s an awesome pep talk. 

Ok, enough stalling, here’s my Macro Monday Shot:

littledollbw 

And, a few others that I’m equally as unhappy with – the light was too low, yadda yadda yadda, excuses – but I really really hate the shiny shiny on the dolls:

dollsinarow 

littledollsinarow3 

 

Check out the much much much better macros!