Playing With Macro

When I shot the old railroad engines and cars a few weeks ago, I pulled out a 105 mm macro lens, one that allows extreme close-up photography, and used it for some of my shots of small rusty objects.  When I got home however, I decided to take a few shots of some of the blooming flowers in the yard.

Magnolia blossom

Magnolia blossom

The first shot is of the center portion of a magnolia blossom.  My magnolia tree is in a corner of the backyard near the corner of the house.  It is largely out of view of any of the windows.  Every year the magnolia blooms quickly and drops it’s pedals, often before I even realize it has happened and I miss it. This year was different!  I did manage to capture some images.  Macro shots like this usually result in very shallow depth of field, meaning there is a very small area of the photo which is in focus.

The grape hyacinths were also in full bloom and I captured a few shots of these also.

Grape Hyacinth close-up

Grape Hyacinth close-up

The entire flower in the photo above is only about an inch and a half tall.  Once again, very shallow depth of field!  The last shot is another of the grape hyacinths but from a little more distance and showing more of the flowers.

Grape Hyacinths

Grape Hyacinths

Tonight a frost is predicted and many of the still existing blooms will probably be damaged!  I’m glad I got them when I did!


About Kolman Rosenberg

My interest in photography began as a college newspaper and yearbook photographer during the stormy 1960s and 1970s. I was influenced by many of the great photojournalists and documentary photographers such as W. Eugene Smith, Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange, Gordon Parks, Margaret Bourke-White and other black and white photographers of Life Magazine and the earlier Farm Security Administration. Though many of these photographers documented the horrors of war and the plight of poverty, they also showed me the dignity and adaptability of human beings in their desire to prevail.
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8 Responses to Playing With Macro

  1. Jack says:

    Nice blog. I’m in awe.


  2. The white magnolia blossom is my favorite. Very beautiful. Good job!


  3. Kolman, your macro shots are beautiful! The petals on the magnolia blossom shot are so creamy looking. Excellent shots, all of them! Now how about some Lensbaby photos! 🙂


  4. Bella_K says:

    Lovely! Especialy magnolia flower. Would you mind if I paint it? Thank you for posting, this is a feast for our eyes!


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