Friday, May 28, 2010

Progress in some areas, setbacks in others

Hi readers,

I've been trying to practice the poor-man-macro technique lately and today I was presented with a great subject: a little green moth laying eggs on a leaf. Here's the set up for the shot:

After the moth laid her eggs, she flew onto a nearby branch to rest & recuperate (birthing is hard work)! Very carefully, I dug up the plant, roots & all, and brought it inside for a little macro photo shoot (in my very limited experience with the poor-man-macro, you can't do anything with even the slightest breeze). Here's a shot of the eggs:

After I replanted the plant, I brought the moth inside for her photoshoot. I thought maybe she was dead because she was incredibly still and cooperative. But when I put her back in the garden after a few shots, she scooted around a bit on her leaf. Here is a close-up of the moth:

I know I still have lots to learn with macro photography, but I think every photo I take is just one more learning opportunity. And I am always amazed at the magnification I can get with the lens set-up I'm using. These eggs were tiny little specks!

Unfortunately, not all my hobbies have been so productive. Last night, I had to rip out my latest knitting project, as I was just not happy with how it was coming along. Now, pulling out hundreds of stitches is bad enough, but it's even worse when the unravel is a pain to do. I had some intarsia in the project, but not a lot. I just can't figure out why it was taking so long just to undo it. Usually, it's pretty quick. Here is the sad, sad result of my work last night - and I still need to finish the unravel tonight!

Have a nice weekend everyone!


  1. These look great--how do you do the poorman's macro? (I suppose I could ogle it but I'm lazy)--shannon

  2. I have my 55-200mm lens on my camera - set on manual exposure, manual focus & 200mm. Then I added a macro coupling ring. Then, I attached to that a 50mm lens reversed. This lens has a manual aperture "clip" (I can't think of a better word) so that I can shoot wide open. So basically it's a 50mm lens reversed in front of another lens. It's tricky but also lots of fun. Thanks for your comment! :-)