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Posted by
Anita (West Nottingham, Pennsylvania, United States) on 26 May 2008 in Plant & Nature.

Hand held and getting very close.

KONICA MINOLTA MAXXUM 5D 1/250 second F/2.8 ISO 200 100 mm


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Ekaputra Tupamahu from Malang, Indonesia

great shot... excellent macro!

26 May 2008 5:08am

@Ekaputra Tupamahu: So glad you like it. Thanks for visiting!!

Betty from New Jersey, United States

Wow, excellent for handheld! Well done, Anita.

26 May 2008 10:22am

@Betty: Thanks, Betty. I was using a very shallow dof, with a wide open aperture f2.8, in an attempt to find interesting pictures. Another one of my experiments.

Ron from Saint Louis, United States

Anita, this is stunning! I love the soft focus in fore and background and the tack sharp focus in the center ... it has such an artful feel to it. The colors are magnificent, as well! So, is your new macro lens 150 mm f/2.8? I was just reading on Canon's website that macro lenses can be used quite effectively (with super sharp results) for portraiture and other general photography.

26 May 2008 11:17am

@Ron: Thank you for your comments, Ron. I was going for a softer feel.

To answer your questions. My new macro is 100mm f2.8 Minolta ($500)(my camera is a Konica-Minolta). The 50mm macro would require me to get too close to my subject. The 180mm macro was too expensive. I don't think Minolta/Sony (Sony purchased Konica-Minolta) makes a 150mm. I, too, have read that macro's (especially around 100mm) make excellent portrait lenses, though some consider them too sharp for portraits (people don't want all their blemishes to show). I don't do portraits, so I don't have any experience. I went with a macro lens because my photography has evolved toward close-ups of flowers, and I had outgrown the capabilities of a cheap macro lens I had purchased second hand.

Betsy Barron from United States

first off, this is handheld?? AMAZING! Your macros are getting better and better each time!

26 May 2008 11:54am

@Betsy Barron: Thank you so much, Betsy! Re. hand-held: there were lots of deleted photos to get one good one. :-)

Chris from South Jersey, United States

Wonderful (and all the more amazing that it is handheld). I still need to get a light tripod to start using more and so I appreciate your comment about the number of deleted photos! This one is really beautiful - definately a keeper....

26 May 2008 12:31pm

@Chris: Thanks, Chris! I use a tripod 90% of the time. When taking this photo, I'd taken quite a few with a tripod, and then, just to play around, shot a bunch hand-held.

Stefan from Thiersee, Austria

Exellent macro, wonderful composition!

26 May 2008 1:31pm

@Stefan: Thank you, Stefan.

Koushiro~光子郎 from Singapore, Singapore

Wow! Great macro there! I must say that you really are getting very very good with that macro lens! Well done! The flower looks really picturesque, can hardly believe it's real!

26 May 2008 2:56pm

@Koushiro~光子郎: Thank you for your kind words, Koushiro. I am having a great time experimenting and learning with the new lens!

Namaki from Bordeaux, France

there's a nice movement in that picture and nice colours too !

26 May 2008 5:15pm

@Namaki: Thank you, Namaki, for visiting and commenting!

Scotfot from Kabul, Afghanistan

Excellent focus and composition

26 May 2008 5:40pm

@Scotfot: Thanks, Scot!

Marcie from United States

It almost feels like a soft cushion you could easily sink yourself in to. Beautiful soft and selective focus.

26 May 2008 6:58pm

@Marcie: Thanks! I could have sunk into the soft cushion after bending over taking these photos!

Ronnie 2¢ from London, United Kingdom

I could see this as the entrance to some vast time-warp . . exceptional macro.

26 May 2008 7:54pm

@Ronnie 2¢: Thanks!

Earnest from Oklahoma, United States

One of the best I've seen of this type!

26 May 2008 8:27pm

@Earnest: Thank you.

Arash from Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Yes, It's a great macro Anita! I love it.

27 May 2008 8:44am

@Arash: Thanks, Arash.

Paul Michko from United States

Magnificent macro perspective, Anita.

27 May 2008 10:26am

David Ross from Bryn Mawr, United States

Namaki and Ronnie 2¢ spoke my mind: I see colorful sand or liquid rushing into an abyss! What a delightful experiment.

27 May 2008 4:58pm

Mary from Exton, United States

anita, i love this!!! what a great photo!!!! nicely done!

27 May 2008 5:32pm

Jeffster from Long Island, United States

Good use of dof. The colors work so well together.

28 May 2008 1:06am

@Jeffster: Thank you!

Sergei Z from Turi, Estonia

It is really interesting image. I like the angle of this picture. Beautiful!

28 May 2008 10:45am

@Sergei Z: Thank you.

Nataly from Santa Monica, United States

This is a great photo, Anita! Almost abstract. The out of focus petals was a very good choice.

3 Jun 2008 4:35am

@Nataly: Thank you, Natalie. I'm glad you like it!

Nigel Clack from United Kingdom

Thanks for popping over to my blog, I like yours too, I think this is one of my favourites of your flowers.

5 Jun 2008 11:13pm

1/250 second
ISO 200
100 mm