Art of Macro

Serenity Project - April 2018

Welcome to our Serenity Project for the month of April 2018. The Serenity project is a collaborative photography project in which we want to share images that convey peace and calm.

One of my favorite things to do is macro photography. Since I started this journey in 2016, it has become clear to me that macro photography is truly a place of zen for me. I forget everything around me. I have had many failures, but that is totally okay. When you get an image that speaks to you, it is worth all the failures.

This month I tried something new to me - water & oil macro photography. For this art of macro you will need a lot of patience...trust me. I took a huge amount of images to get some really good ones. Two Sunday's ago, I shared my first images of water & oil macro photography. I have to say that they were probably some of best macro images I took over the last 2 years. Here is one of the Sunday 'session' (I had this one printed as a 16 x 20 by Color Inc - and the colors are just smashing in print).

Tamron 90mm Macro Lens  - SS 1/80 - f4.5 - ISO 1250

Tamron 90mm Macro Lens - SS 1/80 - f4.5 - ISO 1250

I wanted to try different colors, so I used some of my other prints below the water bowl of water & oil. But I have to say that the reds and orange color combo was my favorite. Here are some I took with other colors. The first two images were actually taken outdoors on my patio so that I did not have to raise my ISO so much.

Tamron 90mm Macro Lens   - SS 1/1000 - f5.0 - ISO 640

Tamron 90mm Macro Lens  - SS 1/1000 - f5.0 - ISO 640

Tamron 90mm Macro Lens   - SS 1/800 - f6.3 - ISO 320

Tamron 90mm Macro Lens  - SS 1/800 - f6.3 - ISO 320

Tamron 90mm Macro Lens    - SS 1/100 - f 4.0 - ISO 1600

Tamron 90mm Macro Lens   - SS 1/100 - f 4.0 - ISO 1600

Follow the circle to see what my sweet and talented photography friend Eileen of Eileen Critchley Photography is sharing for the month of April 2018: Nature on Film.

Thank you for stopping by today; until next time, keep calm and photograph outside your comfort zone.

Iris (TGTG)

Sunday - Water & Oil

Today's Sunday post has a dual purpose. Of course I continue to photograph for our Sunday Project, but I also wanted to share about my macro journey.

Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.
— Thomas Merton

The quote by Thomas Merton is so true for me when it comes to macro photography. I can work on macro for hours; it helps me to forget the stress of the week at work. Macro photography has become my zen-place.

I started the macro journey in 2016; I enjoy to learn and be more creative. Don't get me wrong, I love photographing flowers with water-droplets. However, I wanted to push myself more, so I signed up for the Macro Masterclass Membership, hosted by the fabulous Tiffany Kelly.

In our first month of the class, Tiffany challenged up to think outside the 'water box'. For the last couple of weeks I tried to create images with bubbles; without success at this point. I still have to think that one through.

This weekend I worked for the first time with water & oil (inspired by one of my class mates). I tell you one thing: IT IS ADDICTIVE. I couldn't stop chasing the oil on the water. To create the below images, I used warm water with a couple of drops of EVOO. Underneath the water-bowl I laid one of my macro flower images to get some color in the images.

Here are my 3 favorite images from this weekend:

Tamron 90mm Macro Lens  - SS 1/80 - f4.5 - ISO 1250

Tamron 90mm Macro Lens - SS 1/80 - f4.5 - ISO 1250

Tamron 90mm Macro Lens  - SS 1/80 - f4.5 - ISO 1250

Tamron 90mm Macro Lens - SS 1/80 - f4.5 - ISO 1250

Tamron 90mm Macro Lens  - SS 1/80 - f4.5 - ISO 1250

Tamron 90mm Macro Lens - SS 1/80 - f4.5 - ISO 1250

Thank you for stopping by today...until next time - stay creative by trying new things.

Iris (TGTG)

Serenity Project - January 2018

Welcome to our Serenity Project for the month of January 2018. The Serenity project is a collaborative photography project in which we want to share images that convey peace and calm.

"The Art of Macro Workshop" is in full swing at Clickin' Moms. This workshop has set me on a path of photography that is magical to me. The instructor, Tiffany Kelly, is not only an amazing teacher, but has also become a close friend over the past two years. If you ever want to learn macro photography, I cannot recommend this course enough. What is even more fun is that my dear friend, Eileen Critchley, is taken the workshop now, and I can watch her grow in this genre. My hope is that I will meet up with Eileen in person again, soon. She has become my biggest encourager, and more importantly my confidant.

So with all that I have learned and continue to grow, I was able to create some of my best macro images to-date (in my humble opinion) this past weekend. I purchased some irises at our local Trader Joe's. And here are the images that spoke to my heart; macro photography is truly my zen place.

Lensbaby Velvet 56 - SS 1/800 - ISO 320 - f5.6

Lensbaby Velvet 56 - SS 1/800 - ISO 320 - f5.6

Lensbaby Velvet 56 - SS 1/2000 - ISO 320 - f4

Lensbaby Velvet 56 - SS 1/2000 - ISO 320 - f4

Although the below image is very close to the above image taken with the Lensbaby Velvet 56, these are very distinct images. The next 3 images are taken with my Tamron 90mm Macro lens.

Tamron Macro - SS 1/500 - ISO 500 - f8

Tamron Macro - SS 1/500 - ISO 500 - f8

Tamron Macro - SS 1/500 - ISO 500 - f8

Tamron Macro - SS 1/500 - ISO 500 - f8

I ordered a print of the below image from Color Inc. I can't wait to put that on our wall.

Tamron Macro - SS 1/640 - ISO 500 - f8

Tamron Macro - SS 1/640 - ISO 500 - f8

Follow the circle to see what my sweet and talented photography friend, Eileen Critchley -  San Antonio Photographer, to find out where she found serenity in "Tiny Worlds".

Thank you for stopping by today; until next time, keep calm and photograph some flowers.

Iris (TGTG)

Macro Monday ~ Volume 27

Welcome to Marco Monday - Volume 27. Although I have not felt that great this weekend, I needed some macro time. At first, I wasn't sure what this plant is, but Goggle to the rescue. Typing in "purple plant", reveled that this pretty plant growing in our backyard is call "Purple Heart". Oh, how it is fitting for the month of February. After taking Caroline Jensen's LR processing class "Communicating with Color and Light", I have learned to draw the viewers eyes. Of course, good exposure it essential, but sometimes underexposing an image is just as compelling.

Settings: SS 1/125 - f5.6 - ISO 1000 - Tamron 90mm Macro Lens

Settings: SS 1/200 - f3.5 - ISO 1000 - Tamron 90mm Macro Lens

For the most part, Caroline's class was about processing your images. However, Caroline also mentioned to approach a subject in different ways. My hope is that the above two images give you an example on how to approach the same subject in different ways.

If you have not had a change to sign up for Tiffany's Macro workshop, please check out the details on the Click Photo School homepage. I hope to see you in class.

For more beautiful macro work, please visit the very talented photographer and my friend, Jessica Nelson at The Gaggle Photography by Jessica Nelson.

Thank you for stopping by today...until next time, keep smiling.

Iris (TGTG)

Macro Monday ~ Volume 25

A new year, a new hope. I am not sure what that a new year always makes us feel a new beginning. But I live by the motto that every day is a new beginning. However, with a new year beginning, I have some new goals set. One of them is to refine my style and work finding my 'voice' in the photography world. One thing I know for sure is that I want to work toward working with more models. That is where where my heart always has been. We will see what happens. No matter what will happen in 2017, macro photography will always have a big place in my heart. So, today I am sharing one my images that I took earlier this month. The time was right before sunset, and I like the soft light right before sundown.

Settings: SS 1/100 - f7.1 - ISO 1000 - Tamron Macro Lens

Follow the link to more beautiful macro images posted by my friend Amanda of "Amanda Saoud Griffin Fine Art Photography"

Thank you for stopping by today. Until next time, keep smiling :)

Iris (TGTG)