Favorite Flower Macros

by Laurie Madsen February. 28, 2019 376 views
#photoblog365 Favorite Flower Macro Abstract

#photoblog365 Favorite Flower Macro Abstract

Today my favorite flower will be the humble Kalanchoe blooming on our windowsill. It's my favorite because it's the only one in full bloom for today's theme.

I am thrilled with the opportunity to test out a macro lens on these TINY little blossoms that in real life are about the size of a pencil eraser.

#photoblog365 Favorite Flower Kalanchoe in Full Bloom

#photoblog365 Favorite Flower Kalanchoe in Full Bloom

I lucked out that this little plant is in full bloom with a bunch of different stages of blossoming going on. It is covered in tiny flowers and buds and luscious green foliage. First I take a couple of regular macro shots and am surprised that they call this 1:1 magnification. To give you a gauge, the actual size is about the size of the tiny bud in the middle (probably smaller).

#photoblog365 Favorite Flower Kalanchoe Bud

#photoblog365 Favorite Flower Kalanchoe Bud

Next I decide to push this camera and lens to it's magnification extremes and see where that lies. Extreme Macro-

#photoblog365 Favorite Flower Kalanchoe Details

#photoblog365 Favorite Flower Kalanchoe Details

Now some Extreme Macro Abstracts

#photoblog365 Extreme Macro Abstract Floral

#photoblog365 Extreme Macro Abstract Floral

#photoblog365 Monochrome Abstract Extreme Macro Floral of Photo Above

#photoblog365 Monochrome Abstract Extreme Macro Floral of Photo Above

#photoblog365 Extreme Macro Abstract Kalanchoe Leaf

#photoblog365 Extreme Macro Abstract Kalanchoe Leaf

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Kalanchoe Leaves

Kalanchoe Leaves

Stem Details

Stem Details

Kalanchoe Extreme Macro Abstract

Kalanchoe Extreme Macro Abstract

Petal Macro

Petal Macro

This little lens is going to bring me hours of entertainment this year! I am very pleased with the results hand held in available light.

Thank you little Kalanchoe for being such a beautiful and cooperative model!

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Russell Smith 1 year ago

Quite beautiful and stunning . The colors and textures are captivating .

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Laurie Madsen Replied to Russell Smith 1 year ago

Thank you so much Russell!
I really appreciate hearing other peoples thoughts!
Sharing makes it possible to kind of "see your photos through other peoples eyes"...

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Camellia Staab 1 year ago

Love the extreme close ups. Shows beautiful color and texture. Well done. I have a 60mm macro as well and definitely had become my favorite in contrast to the 150mm. I am still trying to train the 150mm, doesn't seem to be very trainable smile

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Laurie Madsen Replied to Camellia Staab 1 year ago

Camellia-
You made me laugh, some lenses aren't the trainable type! I know the feeling!
I think this 60mm has earned a sweet spot in my heart already! I can't wait for spring to SPRING!
I think I will find hours of fascination with this little lens!
I appreciate your comments and feedback, did you happen to have any favorites? Just curious...

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Camellia Staab Replied to Laurie Madsen 1 year ago

#2,3,4, are definitely my favorites as is #18 because the petals stand out. 😉

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Laurie Madsen Replied to Camellia Staab 1 year ago

Thanks Camellia! 
I appreciate you taking the time to list your favorites (and why)!
It's so neat to see your photos through other peoples eyes! That's what I love about sharing!

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Jolien Dekens 1 year ago

Beautiful photos! :o
#5, #11 and #15 especially got my attention :)

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Laurie Madsen Replied to Jolien Dekens 1 year ago

Thanks Jolien! I appreciate you stopping by and especially taking the time to comment!
Do you have any thoughts you can share with me why these 3 got your attention? It is interesting to me to "see my photos through other people's eyes"!

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Jolien Dekens Replied to Laurie Madsen 1 year ago

I like #11 and #15 for the overlapping petals :)
And #5 because of the way the two petals arch away from each other, combined with a faded out background of all kinds of pink!

And I couldn't agree with you more, It's very fascinating to know what attracts different people to different photographs :p

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Laurie Madsen Replied to Jolien Dekens 1 year ago

Jolien.
Thanks for taking the time to let me know your thoughts!
It is very fascinating and adds a new element to photography- sharing ideas, thoughts, perspectives on each others photos rather than having them sit on our hard drives!
Thanks again! Laurie

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Antonio Gil 1 year ago

What an incredible work full of technique and beauty

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Laurie Madsen Replied to Antonio Gil 1 year ago

Antonio,
Thank you so much Antonio!
I value your comments and feedback!
Did you have any favorites? If so,  I'd like to hear which and why!
I appreciate you taking your time to share your thoughts!

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Antonio Gil Replied to Laurie Madsen 1 year ago

#2, #4 and #5 - for its ethereal look

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Laurie Madsen Replied to Antonio Gil 1 year ago

Thanks Antonio,
I appreciate you taking the time to give me your thoughts!
I love that ethereal look too, as you can tell!

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Who Is Bert 1 year ago

#4 and #14 took my attention for a longer time ...
... all beautiful macros ...
i still don't know why Kalanchoe are also called "Widow's Thrill ..."

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Laurie Madsen Replied to Who Is Bert 1 year ago

Thank you Bert! I appreciate your comments!
I didn't know Kalanchoe were called "Widow's Thrill"
Maybe it gives her something to take pictures of and take her mind off herself?
Interesting!

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Berckmans Peter 1 year ago

Love them, also like the soft out of focus or in case of macro. The very small dof. Find a sweet spot and the rest can go misty. #14 is my fav. You csn get lost in it. I find it difficult to take pics from red or white flowers,not easy to get some detail in. Nice series,let them come

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Laurie Madsen Replied to Berckmans Peter 1 year ago

Thanks so much! I REALLY appreciate you taking your time to leave comments and let me know your thoughts!
Yes, SWEET SPOT, the rest the imagination can fill in! LOL
It's the more artistic rendering, but that is what I have a passion for most, photography as art!
I prefer to take pink flowers and de-saturate towards white. (for that very reason). But white can yield some very nice high key images with minimal detail that make great abstracts). I rarely photograph red ones (unless it's a rose).
It's all FUN!

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Björn Roose 1 year ago

Great series on small things, Laurie smile

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Laurie Madsen Replied to Björn Roose 1 year ago

Thanks Bjorn!
They are TINY!
(and fun)

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Sherry Hill 1 year ago

extreme macro fascinates me.. i have a jewellers loop that i love, love, love to look at things with.. so up close, such tiny detail.. this reminds me of that.. 
lovely!!!

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Laurie Madsen Replied to Sherry Hill 1 year ago

Thank you Sherry!
I love it too! I used to do it the hard way with manual lenses, etc. 
Now the FUN begins!
It seems the whole photography world is focused on extreme macro using focus stacking to get things extremely sharp, Me-the REBEL- I'm more fascinated with de-focusing mostly to create the lovely, soft abstracts with minimal details! 
Don't get me wrong though, I like the focused stuff too!

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Laurie Madsen Replied to Sherry Hill 1 year ago

Sherry, 
Just curious, do you have any favorites of the photos? If so, why?

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Sherry Hill Replied to Laurie Madsen 1 year ago

i love sharp detail on close ups.. things that a panned out like a landscape, i like a softer look.. or rather a blurred but sharp look, as in Orton.. i so love that edit.. 

and yes, i have favourites..  #5 grabs me, its sooo soft and i can see dozens of shades of pink.. 
and
#16, the way the backgrounds forms layers with colour.. i like the black in the back.. 
finally #14, because the lines are sensual, curves look feminine.. and the focal point isn't on an edge..

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Laurie Madsen Replied to Sherry Hill 1 year ago

Thanks Sherry,
I appreciate you taking the time to let me know your thoughts!
I think the fun of sharing is seeing your photos through other peoples eyes!
I love #5 , #14, and #16 for the exact reasons you state, so that is really interesting!

I really love the soft de-focused abstract look...as you can probably tell.
Don't you think it is just MIND BLOWING what these modern camera's and lenses are capable of? I can't even begin to calculate the actual magnification here, can you? It would be interesting to know!

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