Miracles of a Macroscopic World

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miracles of a  macroscopic world K.L. © 2014

Yet another of the beautiful butterflies I encountered on my trip to their show last year. Notice the ‘straw’ dipping down into the flower? It’s called a proboscis- also called a tongue in the common speech!

I got to watch this guy’s proboscis unwind itself from the tight circle it had been moments before, to pinpoint what I assume to have been the choicest nectar the flower had to offer.

Once again, I almost didn’t get the picture due to my fascination in the process, the awesome contrast of colors, and lastly, just being in a room full of these gorgeous creatures!

As with the previous butterfly picture I posted, this one came into being due to my newly acquired 85 mm macro lens. I’ve seen results much more stunning than my first attempts here in books, magazines, and all over the internet. It’s motivation to learn the best methods to get even better results. I look forward to some point in the distant or near future when I can compare my first shots with ones taken after a bit more practice.

I’ll keep you posted!

K.L. © 2014

11 thoughts on “Miracles of a Macroscopic World

    • Thanks for that, Tamirae! It was taken with my relatively new Nikon 85 mm macro lens and to be honest, I’d have to look at the original shot data to tell you the actual settings as it was purely experimental at that point! I can say that with the AF (auto-focus) feature enabled, the camera does a lot of the work allowing you to snap at different intervals then check out what you’ve done. This helps when you’re just learning a new lens. I get to go back and read the data to see what settings were going on at the time…

      do you shoot macro photography?

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      • I hardly consider myself even a hobbyist photographer, with my Panasonic DMC-ZS30. I’ve been experimenting with my 20x zoom — I don’t know if that qualifies as macro photography.

        Thanks for sharing a bit about your process! It’s always interesting to hear how photographers take the photos they do, with what equipment, settings, and techniques. I admire photographers for their beautiful images, and try to take the best (and most artistic!) pictures I can.

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        • I like to say YOU get to define who and what you are in this world. Don’t leave that up to others! By daring to call yourself a photographer now, it’s possible you may begin approaching taking photos differently; trying new things just because!

          Up until recently, I tried to recreate ‘macro’ or close up shots with my standard lenses. I’m pretty happy with the results of most of those shots, but I kept hearing and reading that the best close up shots came from dedicated macro lenses. I’m glad I could afford the one I bought! Now I need to put in the time to learn all the lens can show me.

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          • Thank you for the encouragement. I am much more aware of how I take photographs than I was before, and it is indeed lots of fun to experiment.

            I look forward to seeing what other macro shots you take in the future. One of the things I love about macro photography is the depth of field effect — how the flower in your image is out of focus, for instance. Just gorgeous.

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          • It is a fun hobby. Experimenting with depth of field can be very interesting… even the smallest amount seems to change the potential meanings of the image in my way of thinking…

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