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Praying Mantis Series: Photo 5 (final)

A bit of fun. I thought the praying mantis with the shadows looked a bit like one of those obviously fake Godzilla-like monsters in old movies. It needed to be black and white of course.



Happy New Year!

For Christmas I received a macro lens. My New Years Resolution is to learn to use it…hopefully, eventually well.

In January I will be posting some macro photos as I take them. I imagine they won’t be perfect. I have already found the shallow DOF a challenge. It seems that without a macro specific flash I am struggling to get enough light to get the depth needed to focus on an entire object. Until I work that one out and put together a dodgy homemade reflector for my flash, I will just have to try to focus on parts of things. The light issue also means that even the images I think look sharp are in fact blurry on close inpection.

Sharpness = my ongoing obsession

Nothing gets past the macro lens! This fly tried, but only managed to make its wings look beautiful.
Nothing gets past the macro lens! This fly tried, but only managed to make its wings look beautiful.

Look what I found in my garden!

I love macro photography. I don’t have a macro lens…well I do have a $3 macro lens I put on my iPhone and its quite effective at achieving a certain look if your very careful, but I dream of the day I can get a macro lens. I could spend HOURS in my garden and, well, anywhere really. I think I could conceivably do an entire month of post a day macro shots standing in my yard. This shot was a crop using a normal lens on my DSLR. Cropping will have to do for now.

I found this little guy who looks all innocent until you see the bee that is bigger than he is being…well we won’t speak of it. Just LOOK!!

spider and bee spider and bee 2

OOOaaaaahhhhhrrrgggg bleeeuurrrgggghhhhhh!

Hmmm. It would appear that my love of the summer holidays is more of a participate than document on a blog thing.

It reminds me of an incident that occurred in my early twenties when I decided that it would be a great idea to walk my cat on a lead much in the same way you  might walk a dog. I got out the newly bought harness and decided to do a trial around the small front yard of the town house I was living in at the time. Fast forward 5 minutes to me trying to walk and the cat in the harness lying on the ground immobile. I tried a few steps to get the cat to stand up and it just lay there being dragged by the harness. Needless to say I stopped. A young woman dragging a cat around a yard on a harness is not a good look regardless that the cat would of been quite comfortable.

In the same way I have been dragging my blog through the Christmas season, posting photos on my iPhone when I could, but it is lying down and does’t want to move. I am all about going with the flow of life so I am letting my blog lie down and rest. I WILL STILL BE POSTING PHOTOS! Just not daily, particularly in January. I will be outside, playing with my kids, having cups of tea with my husband, photographing everything and enjoying the weather. When February comes around I might try using the WordPress challenge as a weekly prompt and post anything else that I photograph and want to share with you all.

Watch this space! I bet I will get creative now and want to post a whole heap of photos!…and I got lens’ and a tripod for Christmas….you know what that means!

A few photos I have taken in the past few days.

macro bees

roadside memorial

native bee