Macro Monday (168/365)

by Lee Santiva June. 17, 2019 230 views
Tragopogon pratensis - black & white

Tragopogon pratensis - black & white

For the first time I edited the raw files to produce these images, I felt like I was back in the "darkroom" burning and dodging to get art-like quality.

The plants grow in the meadows nearby my house. They appear to be massive, mutant dandelions because they are 70 cm tall, and once their blossom has gone, their feathery head is about the size of my fist.

Tragopogon pratensis - soft - black & white

Tragopogon pratensis - soft - black & white

The plant is called Wiesen-Bockbart in German and the Latin name is Tragopogon pratensis and in the English language the plant has the name "Jack-go-to-bed-at-noon". I am not making that up. The blossoms close up between 12 - 2 p.m. hence the English name.

Source: https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wiesen-Bocksbart , https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tragopogon_pratensis

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Lynn F Medley 2 months, 4 weeks ago

They are sooo pretty closeup but never knew those additional names, Lee. Thank you for sharing that. 😊

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Lee Santiva Replied to Lynn F Medley 2 months, 4 weeks ago

Thank you Lynn. Actually they are pretty ugly in color: dried  up blow balls but they make the perfect subject for black & white

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Trinicia Perch 3 months ago

Great shots, love the detail.

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Lee Santiva Replied to Trinicia Perch 3 months ago

Thank you! I used an extension tube on my zoom lens, it does give almost „macro“ level of detail

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Trinicia Perch Replied to Lee Santiva 3 months ago

Oh, I’ve been looking at getting a set of tubes to use with my macro lens.  I have a 100mm but I can’t get as close as I would like for the bug shots.  Wanted to give those a try.

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Jay Boggess 3 months ago

Fascinating. Such delicate seed pods....

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Lee Santiva Replied to Jay Boggess 3 months ago

Thanks, it’s a patient subject, but I got bug bites again. When will I learn to use bug spray?

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Jay Boggess Replied to Lee Santiva 3 months ago

Tea tree oil works well & it isn't toxic to humans....unlike a lot of commercial bug sprays...

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Lee Santiva Replied to Jay Boggess 3 months ago

That's a really good idea, I'll have to try it! thanks for the tip!

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Jay Boggess Replied to Lee Santiva 3 months ago

My pleasure!
Let me know how it works for you!

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Camellia 3 months ago

Very interesting. So they are not dandelions but a relative? I don't think I have ever seen them around here, dandelions, tons but Jack-go-to-bed-at-noon, not. Beautiful captures I especially like #2, so soft looking.

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Lee Santiva Replied to Camellia 3 months ago

From a botanist perspective the same order-family-tribe-as the dandelion, just a different genus. The yellow flower looks more like a daisy than a dandelion but what‘s leftover is the exact same „blow ball“ of white feathery stuff completely round like a dandelion. It‘s edible too, although I never tried it
Thank you for the compliment, it was so much fun to work with this image in the „lightroom“

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Heike 3 months ago

#2 is beautiful! I like this fluffy appearance.

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Lee Santiva Replied to Heike 3 months ago

Thank you Heike! I haven‘t been able to get near a „full“ head so I‘m glad the „half head“ worked out so well

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