A Haven for Vee

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Playing with Macro~Mosaic Monday

This post is inspired by Jill at Jill's World of Research, Reaction and Millinery and, more specifically, by the post  Love Those Freebies. I've been watching Jill's photography change and evolve and become more and more amazing. I want my photography to be better, too, so I tried very hard to follow the suggestions that Jill gave having just attended a photography class on macro shots. My camera has no special lenses so I worked with what I have.


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It was great fun trying to do better. Over three hundred shots later and lots of mistakes, I've narrowed it down to what you see above.

My favorite shot (not my favorite flower...I don't even know what it is...do you?) is the one below.

Edited to Add: Thanks to Valerie and Judith, I know that this plant is called Bee Balm aka wild bergamot or horsemint. It attracts hummingbirds and bees. (It also attracts potato bugs, which I've been picking from it every morning.)
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Linking to Mary at Little Red House. Speaking of amazing photography...you'll always enjoy a visit to Little Red House.

36 comments:

  1. Those are beautiful photos Vee. I love the last one too! How did you get that green background?

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  2. Bright colorful flowers make the prettiest mosaics! I love your new banner, too! ♥

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  3. Wow. Vee! That is an amazing looking flower and your photo is si clear so that all those little "hairs" on it's petals stand out so well! Very beautiful shots and mosaic.
    I have a macro lens but hardly use it as it needs to be used with the camera om a tripod to get the best shots and I hate to carry that around with me.

    PS: The eggs benidict were yummy! I ate one before I remembered to take a photo...lol

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  4. That came out terrific. Such pretty vibrant colors. Great job!

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  5. Shoo! Vee, you did a marvelous job with Macro... whatever it is. Love the beauty of the florals. Keep up your work, it is fantastic.

    Have a great week ~
    TTFN ~
    Marydon

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  6. Vee,
    Every single shot on this post is Glorious. Absolutely Glorious. Just like our Creator!
    Wow.

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  7. Wow. Fantastic flower shots. I'm glad you said that you had taken 300 shots - persistence does pay off!

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  8. Very nice Vee! I'll be seeing Jill in person using her camera this next weekend.

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  9. You've been redecorating. I like it! Your photography is wonderful .... the mosaic and the macro (wowowowowow) Have a delightful week!

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  10. Awesome photos...you did a fabulous job with your camera. It looks like you are using an expensive and high powered telephoto lens. Your mosaic turned out beautifully. Great job! Genie

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  11. Your images are stunning! The clarity of the images is amazing...I wish I could take such gorgeous pictures!

    Best wishes and happy week,
    Natasha.

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  12. Oh Vee, these are gorgeous, especially the last one! Such a beautiful array of blooms and colors. I guess summer has come to your neck of the woods! :)
    xoxo

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  13. That mosaic is so colorful and pretty and the flower is amazing...what a shot!

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  14. Your photos were wonderful. Very clear. The mystery plant is a monarda or beebalm. V

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  15. Hi Vee
    Your macro shots are very good, especially the bee balm at the bottom - you can even see the little hairs.
    I've thought I wouldn't mind a special macro lens as I'm always after bugs and blooms for a close up shot.
    Judith

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  16. Great mosaic Vee! And the second pic is beautiful but I don't recognize the flower. I like your new header.

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  17. Beautiful! I love your mosaic, all the flowers look so vibrant and wonderful. I don't know what the last flower is, but it's very interesting. Good work!

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  18. Gorgeous, vibrant colors!
    I love playing with macro - it really lets you see the flowers in a whole new way.

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  19. Well done with the hints Vee. .those flowers are fantastic and so bright.

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  20. Vee,
    Great pictures. I took a very similar shot of bee balm yesterday. I visited Jill's site. I have a tripod and need to start using it.
    Have a great week!
    Carol

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  21. Oh my!!! so very well done! Vibrant colors that brighten the day and the clarity is wonderful! Wishing you well! Cathy

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  22. You did well Vee. Definitely Bergamot. Used as flavour in Earl Grey tea.

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  23. Oh gracious me oh my! That close up of Bee Balm is super-doper-fantastic! Look at the wee little things, which show up!!! Etc. WOW!

    Will HAVE to go and scope-out what Jill has to teach. Thank you!

    I don't have special camera equipment, either. I just poke along and am very, very happy, when some shot comes out looking good. -grin- But if I can LEARN! 'Twould be super. Again, thank you.

    Oh and...... I'm getting *scared* to come to Blogger, with the *changes* going on. Would you believe it, my Dashboard has not changed?!? But with what you and others have said, I keep waiting for it to turn into a *monster* or something. -sigh-

    Stay cool today/Mon. A *scorcher* is predicted, for both of us.

    ~♥~

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  24. How beautiful...how refreshing and I can't help but think how just a few months ago you were taking pictures of snow! I love the last one...amazing..what a creative God we serve.

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  25. Lovely photos, Vee!

    You did very well with your camera!

    Deanna

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  26. That bee balm shot was fabulous Vee! Did you try cropping down to just one area to see what happens? I am frequently surprised at what close up details are usually found in traditional photos, like a shot of a whole bearded iris can crop down to see the fuzzy beard.
    Thanks for your compliments about my photos! I will have to do a post with easy tips on macro work soon.

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  27. You're getting way to professional for me. I may just get too jealous to visit you again. Or I may get off my lazy duff (or back on it if this is an internet thing) and learn a thing or too myself... Thanks for the inspiration Vee!

    Blessings, Debbie

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  28. Very pretty! I love the montage and of course, I love the flowers! The tiny hairs on the bees balm --- exquisite!

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  29. Ohhhhh! Incredible photography! Brilliant colors! God's intricate handiwork! You've done well!

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  30. Good job on honing your macro skills. I like the bee balm best of all, as well!

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  31. Vee, I really like the summery reds and oranges. That hint of cool blue pansy adds just the right touch. Beautiful photographs!

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