Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Headbanger Challenge--Macro

I'm often switching my camera settings to macro. I don't have to change lenses, as my cameras are both point and shoot, but they do have an awesome range of settings so that I can concentrate on the image instead of boggling my head with F-stops and apertures.

Here are some of my favorite close-ups--watch out, one of them is ickier than the one I chose for the header, which, by the way, I took on a Mt. Rainier hike a few years ago. I admit, I cropped it in closer for the final header image, but I wanted you to see the hungry look in that spider's eyes--all of the eyes.

Close stitches with shiny thread

frost on the playground

dewdrops in the forest

Oh, ick! Aphids in the Rose Garden!

This was quite funny. As we hiked the first day in the Scottish Highlands, the rest of the group (hubby excepted, as he knew me well) kept wondering what I was doing when I stopped and got down close to the ground. Their eyes were opened when they saw this on my camera's viewscreen.

Quiche with lentil and arugula salad for brunch

The uncropped spider lunch picture.
The other members of the Headbangers club are listed in my sidebar near the top. The links will take you to their blogs, where they will have their macro headers up by sometime later this afternoon.

I just remembered a very practical use of the macros setting. If you are an avid sewer like myself--when you have switched sewing machine needles to a different size and have popped several needles into your pincushion for safekeeping and future use, if you are like me and your eyes are old, you can't see the size of the needle printed on the shank. Take a close-up picture of the needle, then enlarge --you can do this on the camera display--and you can read that small print.


Craver Vii said...

Excellent! I like the hungry spider and the frost and the aphids. It is fun to see things so close, isn't it?

Christine said...

Oh, seriously gross. :) But I really like it. You can see the pollen grains, too. And I adore the frost image--love seeing the individual crystals.

That's funny about everyone wondering what you were doing on the ground. That's happened to me, too, a time or two!

Great shots this week!

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Kathy: Neat series of macro shots, cool tip for reading the needle size.

imac said...

Come into my parlour, said the spider to the bee,wasp,fly, (covering all incase I got it wrong Kathy) lol
Great work my friend

katney said...

I think it's a beefly.

Lew said...

Great shots! I especially like the frost and the highlands plants!

Liz said...

Just catching up. I love the frosty one.

You wouldn't think a police bike would need lights and a siren, would you?!