Marge Barham  

Ruffles by Marge Barham

September 2020 - Ruffles

About the Image(s)

Every year a group of my photo friends and I have a Macro Party at one of our homes. We all bring a few items to play with. Rocks, feathers, pencils, mirrors, little people, flowers, the list goes on and on. Over the years we have all come up with some incredible images. Sorry to say this year had to be skipped, but I went back a few year ago to find one of my favorite flower shots. This flower is called a Parrot Tulip with ruffle edges on each of the petals and I think the colors are fantastic together. I was set up on a tri-pod and no editing was done. Taken with my old Canon 60D and Canon 100mm Macro lens. My settings were f22, 1/250 sec, and ISO 100.

8 comments posted

Gabriele Dellanave   Gabriele Dellanave
Bright and colorful image, however. In my opinion the image lacks some of those elements that we all recognize in any image. But it could be an abstract image, as well, and the interpretation would free for everybody to think what the image exactly is.   Posted: 09/05/2020 16:04:50
Marge Barham   Marge Barham
Gabriele, I'm sorry you don't like my macro shot. Do you like this one better?

  Posted: 09/05/2020 20:10:41
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Art Jacoby   Art Jacoby
I like both of your images. I think the colors and details are well done. For me, a tighter crop and bringing out more details in the dark areas would increase the impact and interest.   Posted: 09/07/2020 11:42:41
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Marge Barham   Marge Barham
Thank you Art. I do like how you brought out more details.
  Posted: 09/12/2020 19:13:48

Kurtis Sutley   Kurtis Sutley
I love both images and the sharp contrast of colors. Both appear to me to be sharp and I think the composition compliments both. I really like the black background and I think your macro shot is very well done. I believe one aspect of micro/close-up that makes it exciting is the mystery it evokes. My only suggestion would be, if possible, to lighten up the shadows just enough to break out the edges of the darker pistil/stamens. (My 8th grade biology has escaped me.) Congrats on a very nice image.   Posted: 09/08/2020 13:33:04
Marge Barham   Marge Barham
Thank you Kurtis. I have always had a hard time choosing between these two photos. I guess it would be depending on where I would hang it. Thank you for your suggestion.
I have always called them stamens but now I will have to look it up to see if I am right or not. LOL   Posted: 09/12/2020 19:40:05

Regine Guillemin
Marge , I really like this close up. And I like to dive in your image. It is my style too and I am so happy we are using both Canon camera and the same 100mm Macro lens. We might share some images in the future. Have you already used this lens handheld or only on Tripod? Gabriele comment has confused me a little bit and would love to learn from both of you . I am not an expert with MACRO photography but I have practiced for many Springs in our garden . Congrats!
PS: I also like the one on the dark background .   Posted: 09/10/2020 11:25:59
Marge Barham   Marge Barham
Thank you Regine. Canon is the best right?? (I shouldn't say that too loud!)
The 100mm has been by my side for a very long time. Yes, I have used it on and off the tripod. To create the black background the camera was on the tripod and I held my flash off to the side of the flower. With the right settings the background comes out black.
I have some very awesome photos with black backgrounds, at least in my opinion.
You should try it. Thanks again Regine.
  Posted: 09/12/2020 19:51:29


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