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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These are a Few of My Favorite Things

Raindrops sit delicately atop a spring rose bud

The WordPress weekly photo challenge asks us to…

…”celebrate the end of the year, by sharing the most meaningful (or favorite) photo you’ve taken in 2017.”

It has been a great year for photography buffs. I certainly was excited to get my first “real” camera, although I have great success with my mobile phone!

Today I am sharing your favorites and mine through the beloved song lyrics of “My Favorite Things” sung by my favorite singer, Julie Andrews in The Sound of Music. You might have to use your imagination for the exact image to match the sentence.

All of these images were shared in 2017 on my blog and received the most pages views and “likes.” I threw in some of my own favorites, too.

Please feel free to sing along!

“Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens

Raindrops sit delicately atop a spring rose bud

Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens 

What are the odds of finding a rainbow in my hand?

Brown paper packages tied up with strings,  These are a few of my favorite things.

Yosemite Valley with Bridalveil Falls
Yosemite Valley

Cream-colored ponies and crisp apple strudels, doorbells and sleigh bells, and schnitzel with noodles;

Bright orange door graces Sutter Creek Inn
Bright orange door graces Sutter Creek Inn

Wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings, these are a few of my favorite things.

Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes, snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes, silver-white winters that melt into springs, these are a few of my favorite things.

Snow falls for a brief time in Lake Tahoe in May
Snow falls for a brief time in Lake Tahoe in May

When the dog bites 

Fast friends, Boykin Spaniels

When the bee stings 

Bee on Lavender

When I’m feeling sad

My Haiku: Spring blossoms flutter, whisking away winter blues, hope springs eternal.

I simply remember my favorite things, 

Gideon sits and chats
Gideon (dog) thinks he can just sit on the sofa like a human and chat with my hubby!
Sunflower and worm love a summer day
See the green worm in the bottom left?

and then I don’t feel so bad!” 

Original lyrics by Rodgers and Hammerstein musical The Sound of Music, published in 1959, used in part here.


My Top Posts for 2017

These three posts rose to the top of the list of most viewed in 2017.

My favorite high school teacher:  Reconnecting with My High School Teacher

My photo sharing service: How to Get 100s of Free Photos for Your Blog

I wrote this post about my niece Tiffany at the infamous New York Fashion Week, and I STILL get new followers to my blog because of this post. Not too bad for someone who is not a fashion blogger: Tiffany’s In New York:  A 10-year Old Fashionista’s Perspective on Fashion Week

My Favorite Photo Challenges

A huge Thank You to these bloggers who take the time to host photo challenges!

Musin’ with Susan’s Macro Moments
On Butterfly Wings with Buttercup Tea, Sunday Trees
Norm 2.0’s Thursday Doors

Weekly Photo Challenge 2017

Submitted for 2017 Favorites

This may be my last post for 2017! Enjoy your holidays and savor the time with your friends and families!

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Unexpected Beauty of a Dying Rose

Dying rose still glorious

Dying rosebud still glorious

Spring is still in the air with crazy weather in the form of hot temps one day and cold rain two days later. With big changes, spring flowers are abundant. I just love smelling the fragrant air as I walk through my neighborhood, especially with the star jasmines and roses blooming!

For Musin’ with Susan’s Macro Moments Challenge, the theme of week #37 asks photographers to create a macro image using water.

My American Beauties were crazy last month, but this is all that is left until the next batch. Luckily I clipped a few to place in a vase to enjoy in the house. For a flower riot, check out this previous post.

I found this quote that seems to commemorate the moment, by James Thompson, Scottish Poet:

“Gather the rosebuds while ye may, old time is still a flying; And that same flower that blooms today, tomorrow shall be dying.”

 

For Macro Moments participants, I captured this with my Samsung Galaxy S5 on full zoom, and used a mister to spray water onto the flower. Of course, the wind made it challenging to capture a clear image, but I believe this one turned out for the best. I even got some great depth of field (quite by accident)! Post-editing done with PicMonkey.

I hope you are still enjoying the spring air and flowers.

Macro Moments Challenge: Week 34–Papery Poppy

Macro photo of poppy

My new camera and I are getting along just fine! Still have a lot to learn, but the macro close-ups are FUN!!

I couldn’t resist submitting another #April Flower for my Seasonal Sensations link-up, still going on! If you tried to link Friday, Inlinkz was having issues with my account. Everything is working perfectly, so head over to my link-up page.  if you want to link your floral-themed posts.

Happy spring poppies!The above photo of a poppy in my neighbor’s yard looks different than the California poppies we now see “popping out at parties” (as a drunk Lucy Ricardo would say after taste-testing Vitameatavegiman).

My eye saw something different, but when I downloaded the photos, apparently I had changed the filter setting to HDR and got this papery effect.

Other than a little post-editing with PicMonkey, frame, crop, and a little more contrast/shadow, the accidental effect and it’s beautiful orange colors are au naturel.

This photo is submitted for Musin’ with Susan’s Macro Moments Challenge, as well as the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge Dense.

As always, I appreciate you stopping by! Don’t forget to link any floral-themed posts!

Atop: Raindrops on Roses

Raindrops sit delicately atop a spring rose bud

Raindrops sit delicately atop a spring rose bud

Atop , this week’s photo challenge theme, can mean so many things and provide hundreds of different perspectives. I decided to go macro and explore raindrops atop roses.

The featured image of this American Beauty rosebud is also submitted for the Macro Moments Challenge: Week 34 “Spring Has Sprung,” hosted by Musin’ with Susan.

Just for luck, since it’s St. Patrick’s Day, here is another lovely rosebud with raindrops atop!

Raindrops sit atop an American Beauty rose bud

Both images were taken with my Samsung Galaxy S5 phone held steady on zoom. Very little post editing was done other than cropping, framing and watermarking.

Consider joining these photo challenges!

Luck o' the IrishEnjoy your St. Patrick’s Day and may the luck o’ the Irish be with ye today!

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Macro Moments Week 31: Poopy Little Puppy

Brodie the Boykin Spaniel, 10 weeks old

I caught Brodie’s cute little puppy face right after he got in trouble for leaving a “present” in the hallway.

Brodie the Boykin Spaniel, 10 weeks old

It’s tough being an active, 10-week old Boykin Spaniel while the rain keeps coming down here in California!

This photo was taken with my Panasonic Lumix FZ 300, and post-edited in PicMonkey.

Feel free to participate in Musin’ With Susan’s Macro Moments Photography challenge! This week’s theme is Baby Animals.

This post is also included in Trent’s World Weekly Smiles!

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Macro Moments Challenge: Week 30–Birds

Hummingbird enjoying his shower

Hummingbird enjoying his shower
Hummer after the rain

A few weeks ago, as the never-ending much-needed rain trickled to a drizzle, my resident hummingbird enjoyed fluffing his feathers after a well-deserved feeding.

We are all used to seeing hummingbirds in flight, we may forget they actually perch!

Submitted for Musin’ with Susan’s Macro Moments Challenge

Photographed with my Panasonic Lumix FZ300 in full zoom. Cropped and framed with PicMonkey premium. I have also taken great macro shots with my Samsung Galaxy S5 phone, too, so don’t be afraid to play along!

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