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August 10, 2005
MACRO for the micro...
Filed in: Current Affairs, Photography

Wait a minute... Did you say MACRO lens? Cameras West?

Why, yes I did.

And what sane person would drop that kind of dough for a small package of exceptionally fine optics? Well, there's no doubt that my sanity has been under question for some time.

Yesterday, then, I hopped around, getting gimpy from the long weekend trek, probably frightening the women and children as I drug camera gear around Juanita Park on Lake Washington's east side - north of Kirkland, north of Bellevue - not far from Bill Gates' house in Medina actually.


Juanita Park - just a municipal park - is famous for its willows...


huge cattail stand...


And the largest expanse of lilypad I have ever seen. But it has much, much more...

(If you click below, you will be mercilessly subjected to 37 more images - there, I warned you...)


The macro lens allows focus on a small subject with a lot of control over focus and depth of field. Here's a morning glory.


The blackberries are coming on. I demand PIE!


Break out the wide angle because this is a blackberry vineyard...


Some of the blackberries are just getting started.


Whoa! Break out the long lens. American Bittern sighted!


He does not like the camera and flies, oh, a hundred yards or so to the other side of the 'pads.


Maybe the fishing is better over there.


Not too many lilies blooming - but the long lens can pull one in.


There used to be a walkway here...


Cattail bloom.


Through the cattails to the other side of the 'pads.


Some kind of wild orchid?


A Coot out in Lake Washington - with the long lens - mechanical light filter makes the sunlit water look thick.


OK, I really like the look of that water. Backlit Coot's not bad either.


Shhhh... found the Bittern again - much closer. This is "I'm seriously fishing" stance.


This is "Hey, I'm fishin', but your gadget is bothering me - but the fishin' looks good so I ain't leavin'" stance.




Money Shot! Once in a while, all the framing, angles, colors and field of view all come together. Definitely a keeper - and a very good sense of Western Washington lakeside lowlands.


OK, let's do some serious macro work. I'm going for 'photo as painting' with extremely short field of focus.


This lens can fill the frame with something smaller than a dime at about three inches.


Tiny blooms.


Tiny blooms on the tiny blooms.


Focus field on the front of a quarter inch blackberry bloom.


These guys were so tiny I didn't see them until I was looking through the lens at something else. Micro fuschia?


Scott! Recipe please! Ana, bake pie please!


White birch...


Up close.


Even a dandelion gone to seed is beautiful in the large.


A focus study in lace, number one ...


number two,


number three,


and number four.


A wild rose is mostly hips...


but they can look like cherry tomatos.


There are a couple of blossoms left.


Noticed some little seed pods on the way out.


Someone planted a fuschia basket at the entrance to the park.

Like our own backyard, even the little municipal parks around us offer acres of diamonds. They require intensive search and lots of digging - but they are there.

I'm happy to have added a new tool to the kit of my obsession. If I've sacrificed my sanity and my wallet is lighter, I happily trade for these little gems for the soul.


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The detail that is put into these tiny little things is staggering. There are billions of things on earth and each one is designed right down to the atoms. And now you can show some of them to us. Go take more pictures.

My favorite was the Queen Anne's Lace. And the little seed pods. And the dandelions (dent de leon, don'tcha know?). And the blackberry bloom and the tiny blooms on the tiny blooms.

Blackberries. Yum. Good for slumps, pandowdies, and crisps. Really good with a little bit of vanilla bean ice cream.

EMCEE: Ana, I'll trade pictures for blackberry slump and vanilla bean ice cream 'K?

Posted by: Ana at Aug 10, 2005 6:04:56 PM

Wow! Speechless. What?

What's what D?

Posted by: Diana at Aug 10, 2005 6:43:31 PM

The winged fuschia ... in mid-flight. Even the spiders' webs.

Thanks, Mac.

EMCEE: Most welcome M'lady. I'm glad these brought you a little joy.

Posted by: Diana at Aug 10, 2005 7:02:16 PM

Call me crazy, but I like the bridge shot the best. And the money shot.

EMCEE: Hey, something for everyone! Glad there was something that you liked CC.

Posted by: CraigC at Aug 10, 2005 10:18:23 PM

I like the rose hip, the first one, the best. No idea why.

EMCEE: Gail, I'm so glad that there is a little bit for everyone. I liked that one as well. It's like a little fruit tree.

Posted by: gail at Aug 11, 2005 5:04:29 AM

Dude, I'm blown away.

I'd do a pork roast with a blackberry wine beurre blanc. And I'd make it up as I went along.

EMCEE: Thanks Scott. Sounds like a blackberry focused culinary treat. You know that you're going to have to host some kind of Blog'O'Q coming up?

Posted by: Scott P at Aug 11, 2005 10:15:43 AM

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