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“Clematis Close-Up”

“Clematis Close-Up”

“Most misunderstandings in the world could be avoided if people would simply take the time to ask, “What else could this mean?”
― Shannon L. Alder

One of the great joys of macro photography is how it changes how you see things. Common flowers, or objects, take on a whole new look and feel when you get real close. Previously hidden details and textures emerge with clarity. The components of colour are separated and made visible.

Sometimes, the resulting image looks completely otherworldly, even unidentifiable. I left this image moderately zoomed, so that it can still be identified as a clematis bloom. But have a look at the centre. Imagine seeing the yellow stamen with just a touch of magenta around them. It would look like some strange sea creature reaching out with its tendrils, no longer a flower.

It certainly is fun, when  editing my photos, to do these extreme zooms and let my imagination run free.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm
3.0 sec, f/29.0 ISO 100

High Resolution image on 500px

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“Pink Clematis Blossom”

“Pink Clematis Blossom”

“Everything made by human hands looks terrible under magnification–crude, rough, and asymmetrical. But in nature every bit of life is lovely. And the more magnification we use, the more details are brought out, perfectly formed, like endless sets of boxes within boxes.”
― Roman Vishniac

I dug this from my archive of macro experiments from earlier this year. The clematis looks, to me, like some creature from a sci-fi movie or some deep sea creature.

Macro photography is something relatively new to me and I enjoy seeing details that my eye would miss. Very much like my experiences when I go on hikes. I tend to see things which I photograph and then have friends ask me where the photo was made, only to discover it was just down the road from them and that they had passed that place many times without noticing it. I just love seeing the beauty in the mundane and have posted many times on that topic.

As I said above, this is one of my early attempts and I used an old 50mm prime lens with manual extensions tubes, not really knowing what I was doing, but I was happy with the results. Not happy enough to post it at the time, but flipping through old images, this one stood out.

I’ve used the quote above before, but it rings so true to me. With macro photography, when photographing nature, it seems that the closer you get, the more complex and beautiful the subject becomes. These are definitely things that most people never take notice of, including me, till now. Nature is truly magnificent!

Nikon D800
Schneider-Kreuznach Exida-Xenon 50mm f/1.9 @ 50mm (14mm extension tube)

1/320 sec, f/1.9, ISO 5600

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“Pink Clematis”

“Pink Clematis”

“The trick to forgetting the big picture is to look at everything close-up. The shortcut to closing a door is to bury yourself in the details. This is how we must look to God. As if everything’s just fine.”
― Chuck Palahniuk

Image number three in what has become my “Ordinary Flowers in a Different Light” series. Interestingly enough, this was a single blossom on one of my finicky clematis plants. They are strange in their blooming patterns. Some opening in May, while others have gone into November.

While the blossom is quite pretty, it tends to be a go-to garden plant and thus it’s been included in my “Ordinary Flowers” collection.

This studio photography experiment is quite enjoyable and is not something I saw myself gravitating towards. However, I do like the fine details this technique shows and really allows the plant to show off, as it were, without competing with their garden companions.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD
 @ 140 mm
1/100 sec, f/14.0, ISO 6400

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