MacroPhotography

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)