MACROS FROM THE INDOOR GARDEN

FOTD – April 20 – Macros from the Indoor Garden

It was warm and now it’s cold. Below freezing at night again. Rain in the morning, sun in midday, but it never got warm even with the sun out. But, on a more positive note, the sun let me do some close macros of all the blooming orchids plus the Easter lily and the cactus flower. Because I was shooting so tightly with the sun behind the flowers, I balanced the cameraon the table on one edge to stabilize it.

Tight macro, white orchids
Macro mini-orchid

It worked. I can’t hold a camera steady at a 50th of a second these days, but using the table, it was steady enough to get a pretty clear image.

Macro violet orchids
Macro Easter lily

It was an interesting balancing act. Even a mini tripod would have been too tall for these shots. Also, to get enough light in the picture, I had to shoot from below the flower or the center of the flower was too dark. Our house is not bright, even when the sun is out.

Macro cactus blossom
Macro mini-orchid


Categories: #cactus, #Flowers, #FOTD, #Photography, Anecdote, Cee's Photo Challenge, Flower of the day, lily, orchids

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16 replies

  1. Beautiful orchids 😀 😀

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  2. Wonderful macros, Marilyn…

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  3. Fantastic macros, Marilyn 😃

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    • Thank you. The light was right and I finally got the angle right. Sometimes, the magic works 😀

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      • I have a suggestion to steady your hand at 1/50 of a second. It’s a trick I was taught while target practicing with those heavy Winchester rifles, back when I was on the competition team in HS. Set your focus and before you squeeze the shutter, hold your breath and squeeze. 1/50sec will be nothing to do and you might find you can squeeze some off at considerably slower speeds like 1/10th or lower. Try it and let me know how that works

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        • I’ve gotten shakier lately, so that doesn’t work as well as it did, at least not all the time. It also depends on what lens I’m using and whether it’s reasonably bright or as usual, grey. Some days are worse than others. Balancing it on the table helps and if I can afford it, I might get a unipod, just for the balance. They are the least intrusive of the pods.

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          • …or one of those GOBO flexi-pods that you can wrap around any near by fence, tree limb, or the like.

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            • I have never seen one. I will have to look them up. That sounds really interesting.

              It was just $24, so I bought one. It’s a great idea. I guess I’ll have to see how it actually works, but what a terrific idea!

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      • The lighting on the lily is particularly good 😃

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    • Thank you. I was pleased. Most of them came out the way I intended. A minor miracle 🙂

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