Sunday Stills: Up #Close and Personal to #Green

clover and rain drops

This week’s Sunday Stills Photo challenge has you getting THISCLOSE to something green!

I always think of March being a “green” month what with St. Patrick’s Day on March 17th and all. We can expect spring to show its glory with colorful florals and wondrous greens!

“If the subject you are photographing is small and you want to make it look big, you end up with a “macro” view of a “micro” subject.
Close-up photography is the act of photographing objects such as flowers or insects in close range so the subject you are photographing fills the frame.”

SLR Photography Guide

I am sharing four images today from my front yard that were taken with my Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ mobile phone. Images were post-edited in PicMonkey.

The featured image of the clover leaves with raindrops, to me, symbolizes the month of March.

clover and rain drops

The second image is of the same clover cluster with an unopened flower adorned by a raindrop. You can see the clover leaves magnified in the droplet. Amazing!!

Green Clover flower
Dragon-flower?

I really had to get “up-close and personal” by unceremoniously squatting down in the rain-dampened yard to get the shot! Do you think it looks like a dragon?

The third image was posted on Instagram last week. Our fruitless mulberry trees were just showing new buds. Within a few days, these buds are now covered in yellow pollen, which is one of the few things to which I am allergic.

Mulberry bud close-up
Bud of fruitless mulberry tree

On that same tree lurks a forest filled with strange and wondrous plant life. We call it moss!

Macro Moss Forest
Macro Moss Forest

The clover images are submitted for Cee’s Flower of the Day Photo Challenge.

I hope you love green as much as I do or at the very least, can find something green to share for Sunday Stills this week.

Please title your post differently than mine so Google can find YOUR post!

As always, I look forward to seeing your creative ideas in the form of images, stories, poems, and music!

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Sunday Stills: Are You Ready for Your #Close-Up?

Macro Plumeria

Calling all photographers and creatives who really like a challenge this week! Last July 2018, I challenged Sunday Stillers to a macro-photography challenge. I thought it was time to offer another macro or close-up photography challenge this week.

Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still.

Dorothea Lange

I felt like going with a movie theme with the headings in the post today. After all, according to Wikipedia, a “film still (sometimes called a publicity still or a production still) is a photograph taken on or off the set of a movie or television program during production.” I guess I got inspired by the words “close-up.”

“All right, Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my close-up.”

Gloria Swanson as Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard, 1950

In case you are confused, today’s Sunday Stills theme is macro or close-up photography.

To understand the difference between the two types, read last year’s post.

Are You Ready for Your Close-Up?

It’s all in the details. Flowers within a sunflower.

sunflower details

A macro view of a white plumeria.

Macro Plumeria

A macro view of droplets on my pink plumeria. So close it almost looks fake! But it is not.

Plumeria water droplets

Close-up of my photo-filtered hydrangea. I don’t think these colors exist naturally in hydrangeas, but it makes a stunning image.

colorful hydrangea

These are both submitted for Snow’s Friendly Friday “Fake.”

My favorite? Macro-photography makes this bee look larger than life. How do you like the pollen on the bee’s head and legs?

Bee on sunflower macro

Flower images are also submitted for Cees Flower of the Day, and for Irene’s Macro Monday.

Believe it or not, I captured these images with my Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge phone! I have voice-activation set up to shoot, so no fumbling with fingers!

Go Ahead, Make My Day

Last week’s mellow yellow theme sure resonated with a lot of bloggers! Not only did we have 30 links to the theme, but 6 were new to Sunday Stills! We welcomed Quincy Harley, Heart to Heart, Take a Walk, Jez Braithewaite, Lifelessons, and Sandra Matteotti.

Maybe it was the last “hurrah,” that we had this number of links and responses to Sunday Stills, as I know many bloggers are soon taking short breaks to get their holidays and vacations in. No breaks for me but I’m only posting Sunday Stills challenges as I finalize school prep and get back to weekends at the delta before our campground closes for the season.

Casting Call

I got my cast removed on July 26 and have been using the walking boot to get around when needed. Although my ankle and foot swell each day, I can walk carefully without the boot. My ankle is stiff from being in the same position for two months, but my determination and physical therapy is slowly getting things back to normal. Sorry, no close-ups available!

To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place… I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.

Elliott Erwitt

I used floral macros and close-ups as examples in my post to help inspire your creativity this week. Remember, the sky’s the limit with your choices of macro images.

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Sunday Stills: #Macro or Close-Up Photography; Is there a Difference?

Macro view of sunflower

This week’s Sunday Stills theme is “macro-anything.” Now what does this mean exactly?

Macro photography is also considered close-up photography. However, using a true macro lens yields the sharpest, tiniest details whereas a closeup may not show each detail.

I got a close-up shot of my resident Anna hummingbird perched after feeding. She was quite tame!

Photograph of hummingbird

I don’t have a macro lens on my phone or camera, but I do manage to fill the frame. This time I cropped the photo for a macro effect.

Closeup view of Hummingbird

Sometimes a macro image takes on new characteristics in an abstract way. My backyard windchime featuring a brass dragonfly looks different in its close-up.

Even the mundane becomes an abstract study in geometric shapes. This is the lobby floor of The WELL of Sacramento State University. See captions.

According to SLR Photography Guide: 

“If the subject you are photographing is small and you want to make it look big, you end up with a “macro” view of a “micro” subject.

Close up photography, is the act of photographing objects such as flowers or insects in close range so the subject you are photographing fills the frame.”

Susan at her blog Musin’ With Susan hosted the Macro Moments challenge a while back. Here she gives an example of macro vs close-up.

I’m also adding these shots to Live, Laugh, RV Wandering Wednesday Photo Prompt.

Experiment with your camera, mobile phone or tablet. Take a before and after shot and share your results.

Remember to title your blog post something different than mine!

 

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Blue Light Special

Close Up

The weekly photo challenge is all about the close-up. Ordinarily, I am a landscape photographer looking for the grand, sweeping view. Taking close-up shots with my Samsung phone was fun and interesting. We still have party lights and festive paper lanterns hanging from our redwoods in our backyard. I hope you enjoy the Blue Light Specials today.

Blue-Light-Special More-Blue-Lights

Tree-Lights