OK, I can take the hint . . . except maybe I can’t.
The number of visitors and views have dropped significantly since I started this series exploring macros. Apparently, people hate macros . . . or flowers . . . or macros of flowers.
I also inadvertently have been flooding Mikes comments section by linking the contest in every post (it creates pingbacks), so I will not be linking it here (look back a post for the link), but will remind readers they should at least try and enter. The prizes are worth it.
Now, if you, the two or three readers still with me, have something to do, you might want to take care of it before starting in on this. As usual, I don’t do galleries as they register too many hits (views), or at least they did. Besides, I like adding a narrative.
Macros . . . a lot of what I posted in the previous six posts can be considered borderline macros. They are close-ups, but they don’t really ‘get in there’, as it were.
For instance, take the Cone Flowers . . . this next shot might be considered more of a close-up than a macro.
So might this . . .
This, however, is more what I think of when I think of ‘macro’.
Also these . . .
Those last two shots are from last year, when a late frost hurt the flowers, and they never quite made it into full bloom.
But it’s not just getting close. Some macros end up being ‘art’.
Macros don’t have to be ‘art’, but when looking at something in minute detail, there is the added opportunity to take advantage of the strangeness of it, and also make it ‘artsy’.
Take the remnants of a poppy flower . . . I try and present it not only in a new perspective, but also as something you might hang on a wall.
OK, so maybe you would not hang those on a wall, but what about these Yucca Plant flowers?
I can definitely see that last one hanging at a funeral home.
Some flowers lose too much of their familiarity, and what makes them attractive, when you zoom in too much.
I mean, it looks interesting, but Daisies, at least for me, appear best when one can see more of the flower, as in these two examples (although they are also helped by the color).
Salvia, on the other hand, give you ‘more’ when you look at them up-close. From a non-descript purple mass, they go to this . . .
I mentioned in a previous post how difficult it is to show some things with a lot of detail in the specified limit of 600pixels.
Well, it can be done; it just needs more work.
That is one whole Salsify seed ball. Not too bad, and speaking of art, the composition is not by accident. I was trying to give the impression of an ‘explosion of seeds.
This next one is more about showing the structure of the seeds.
There is a lot of detail there, and it takes a bit of playing around to get it to show up. By the way, nearly all of the photos in this and the other six posts have been processed using the onOne Effects module.
As you can see, I tried a few different approaches . . .
But these next two are the ones I liked the best, both for being ‘more macro’ and for their artistic presentation.
Of all the Salsify shots, although difficult to choose, I like the last one the best.
Clematis is another flower I find difficult to present . . .
But maybe I’ve been approaching it all wrong . . . this composition looks more interesting.
Of course, sometimes they look OK on their own (with a little processing) . . .
I don’t know . . . I keep getting toward showing more and more of the flower even as I know this . . .
. . . might not look as good as this . . .
. . . and that neither of those are as close as this . . .
I mean, you can’t beat a tiny straw monster coming out of a flower.
Oh, heck . . . I don’t know what one ought to for macros, and I certainly don’t know what increases the odds of a viewer connecting with any photo I post.
I suppose a lot has to do with one’s own preference for not only flowers, but colors . . .
. . . and for texture mixed with color . . .
Then there is the whole visual impact thing.
You know, it never occurred to me to save these at full resolution, and I’ve already blown away the files (the processing generated huge files, often over 100 MB).
A lot of these look good as are, but they look spectacular at full resolution . . . maybe next time.
So, back to square one . . . whole flower . . .
. . . or close-up?
I suppose the case can be made for both.
Perhaps the key is to present something unusual . . . these are chives . . .
I seldom look at them, but when I do, I am surprised at the structure and colors.
I can be surprised even with something as familiar as columbines . . .
Petunias . . . I like saying the name, but I also like the flower’s structure, color, and details . . .
Monochromatic flowers can sometimes present a challenge, one I respond to by doing weird processing stuff.
Also, what do you do when the flowers are already tiny . . . well, I show more than one.
Well, I could go on, and on, but I’m sure by now I’ve lost nearly everyone who started reading this, and I still don’t have any clue as to what I will submit.
I just hope I’ve motivated enough people to enter the contest so that when my submissions don’t win anything I can attribute it to the sheer number of entries having reduced my chances of winning to near zero.
. . . although, what will annoy me is if the winning entry is substantially similar to one of the photos I have, but did not submit. Well, it won’t annoy me all that much . . . I least I will know I am capable of taking photos similar to those that win.
And now, I end . . . OMFSM! I completely forgot about water and flowers! I have many, many shots of drops on flowers!
No! . . . ain’t doin’ it!
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