Monday, February 16, 2009

Another hidden world under our noses


If you saw yesterdays picture, you see how these little wonders get missed. Each individual flower is tiny. Yet, stick a macro lens up to them and - Whoa! Did you ever imagine such a far out and freaky flower?

But Wait, Theres More ~
Welcome our new Alien Overlord!



Check it out! Bees love this plant, but me personally, I dont think Id stick my head in there and let it tickle my belly...it just seems - dangerous to me.

I think these were the first things I shot with the macro. It is not a top of the line lens, (Optex OVL311 Wide angle/Macro Video Lens, with the wide angle segment removed). In addition, it was meant for use on a (video) film camera, not my digital (still) Canon. But it simply screws onto the front of my Canon EF 50mm F1.8 II lens, so how could I resist having a go?

All things considered, the shots are great. But since Im the one that took them, I mostly see where they could be better. Then again, these flowers arent flat. So with this lens, getting every element in focus is, well, probably never going to happen.

Hey, I still get to have alot of fun trying while I save up the big bucks that more suitable equipment will require. And no, if the government gives me any 'economic stimulus money' I wont be using it for photo gear - it wouldnt be enough anyway!

7 comments:

Ces said...

I can't wait for Obama's economic steal-from-us money. I will definitely help the economy by buying perfume, halibut and salmon from Alaska a new suit and a pair of Italian loafers. That's right, not enough. Haha!

BetteJo said...

Great shots Lavender! I see what you mean about the dangerous element - a little venus flytrap feeling.

kj said...

at first glance i thought these were birds, lavender. what a sweet image that was!

Young Werther said...

That's quite an interesting flower... There's a weed/ bush in the yard with little red flowers(?) and something akin to large beady eyes....

Australia the weird and wonderful...

MuseSwings said...

These close up shots of the lavender are beautiful! We miss so much by not taking time to really notice the little things in life. I have several orchids with tiny flowers that I'd like to share - I have to invest in a good close-up camera first.

Melanie said...

blogger messed up my comment yesterday and it dissapeared. it probably sensed me rambling again about alien formations (top pic) and my love for the colors and textures in the second pic. Heres hoping blogger works this time.

barkfoot said...

That's a really close closeup! It's frustrating trying to get the focus right. The 'depth' is limited by the ammount of light to a degree and it's always a compromise on which bit you want appear sharp and which part you can bear to look softer. I find myself 'manipulating' flowers to make them flatter but the macro only reveals in greater detail the evidence of my abuse!