My Best Photo 2016

by Jean Paul Escalera December. 27, 2016 3010 views

The world of macro-photography is a challenging and amazing aspect of photography. I am always looking for new ways to see this wonderful world God has created.

Not too long ago (October) I became very interested in the miniature world and read several articles and watched many YouTube videos about marco-photography and decided I would try my hand (camera) at it. 

I purchased a Minolta Rokkor f/1.4 58mm, manual lens and mounted it with an adapter to my FujiFilm X-T1 camera and went out in search of a challenge.

I didn't have to go far because I found my subject in my front yard. There before me lay several Taraxacum offininale (dandelions) in bloom. I mounted my camera on a small tripod and soon realized that I had to get lower in order to make this picture looking into the sunset.

(As a side note, do you know how difficult it is for someone in his 7th decade to lie flat on his stomach to get the right angle!). 

Apart from the strange looks of noisy neighbors and sore abs, I composed, shot and came back with, what I believe is, my best photo for 2016.  

My wish for the New Year is to put into practice the photography skills I have learned this year.

Dandylion

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Holly Hassall 4 years, 2 months ago

Incredible capture and beautiful colours blended in well, makes the image pop. Keep up the good work

Holly and Alex

4 years, 2 months ago Edited
Jean Paul Escalera Replied to Holly Hassall 4 years, 2 months ago

Hi Holly & Alex, thank you for the kind comment and glad you liked it!

4 years, 2 months ago Edited
Kaeyla Mcgee 4 years, 2 months ago

It's not often that one comes across a dandelion image that has a stop-in-one's-tracks effect. This one surely has, so well done - really beautiful.

4 years, 2 months ago Edited
Jean Paul Escalera Replied to Kaeyla Mcgee 4 years, 2 months ago

Thank you Kaeyla for your very kind and encouraging comment!

4 years, 2 months ago Edited
Larry Nelson 4 years, 3 months ago

Wonderful image! Did you need help getting up?

4 years, 3 months ago Edited
Jean Paul Escalera Replied to Larry Nelson 4 years, 3 months ago

Thank you Larry! Actually, there wasn't anyone there to help this old man up so I rolled over on my back and it was easier getting up! Ha, just kidding!

4 years, 3 months ago Edited
Jim Doss 4 years, 3 months ago

Nicely done.

4 years, 3 months ago Edited
Jean Paul Escalera Replied to Jim Doss 4 years, 3 months ago

Thank you Jim and Happy New Year!

4 years, 3 months ago Edited
Kara Bana 4 years, 3 months ago

Very worth the challenge to capture.
Happy New Year!

4 years, 3 months ago Edited
Jean Paul Escalera Replied to Kara Bana 4 years, 3 months ago

Thank you Kara and a Happy New Year to you too!

4 years, 3 months ago Edited
Vivienne Albiston 4 years, 3 months ago

great image.

4 years, 3 months ago Edited
Jean Paul Escalera Replied to Vivienne Albiston 4 years, 3 months ago

Thank you Vivienne, glad you liked it. Happy New Year!

4 years, 3 months ago Edited
Helen Hooker 4 years, 3 months ago

Wow, it was worth all that effort - this is stunning!

4 years, 3 months ago Edited
Jean Paul Escalera Replied to Helen Hooker 4 years, 3 months ago

Thank you Helen! I think that was one of my biggest challenges and I am not sure I could get another one like it! Think I'll get it enlarged and framed! Happy New Year!

4 years, 3 months ago Edited
Stephanie Hyde 4 years, 3 months ago

Gorgeous!

4 years, 3 months ago Edited
Jean Paul Escalera Replied to Stephanie Hyde 4 years, 3 months ago

Thank you Eshyde and Happy New Year!

4 years, 3 months ago Edited
Uma Rajagopal 4 years, 3 months ago

Super dee duper !!! I too bought a Nikon 105 mm F 2.8 two weeks back. Learning the ropes slowly !!

4 years, 3 months ago Edited
Jean Paul Escalera Replied to Uma Rajagopal 4 years, 3 months ago

Hello Uma and thank you! I understand that is a good macro lens. Keep on learning "the ropes" and looking forward to seeing some of your macro pictures! Happy New Year!

4 years, 3 months ago Edited
Timothy Bullock 4 years, 3 months ago

The Best Photo Of 2016 would be an understatement!!!!!

4 years, 3 months ago Edited
Jean Paul Escalera Replied to Timothy Bullock 4 years, 3 months ago

Thanks Tim for the kind remark!

4 years, 3 months ago Edited
Thepilgrim 4 years, 3 months ago

Love this image! So simple and clean....great job!!

4 years, 3 months ago Edited
Jean Paul Escalera Replied to Thepilgrim 4 years, 3 months ago

Thank you Michael. It was well worth the effort and glad you like it.

4 years, 3 months ago Edited
Carl Mcpherson 4 years, 3 months ago

A classic shot well executed. Beautiful

4 years, 3 months ago Edited
Jean Paul Escalera Replied to Carl Mcpherson 4 years, 3 months ago

Thank you Carl! This was my first attempt at shooting something like that.

4 years, 3 months ago Edited
Shahul Khalid 4 years, 3 months ago

This is beautiful !

4 years, 3 months ago Edited
Jean Paul Escalera Replied to Shahul Khalid 4 years, 3 months ago

Thank you Shahul. Glad you liked it!

4 years, 3 months ago Edited
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