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Today’s shot is courtesy of  PW’s newest photo challenge.

The theme for the new Photography Assignment is…MACRO. I love macro photography, after dabbling in it for a short time a couple of years ago. I love how beautifully a macro lens opens up a whole world.

I LOVE messing around with macros.  If you browse around my flickr stream, you’ll find tons of your typical florals and creepy crawlers (some good, some oh so horrid), the kind of stuff that just begs for a macro lens.  Fun!

But I wanted to try something different today, so I did this …

100mm – f/4 – 1/60 – ISO 400


I’ve been asked before if I have a lightbox, and the answer is no.  I’d like one though, if you’re giving them away.  I take shots like this on top of my stove.  Yes, my stove.  Today I fooled around with some fancy lighting (which would be the light in the hood vent with a paper towel cover) (have a fire extinguisher handy should you attempt) and some fancy flash equipment (a coffee filter over my pop-up flash) and this is the result.   Feel free to emulate my trashy ways.

PW’s contest runs until … ummmm, hell I don’t know.  But she starts posting groups (photos that stand out in the stream) on Monday, so I guess you have the weekend at the very least, and you’re allowed to post one photo to the flickr group per day.  I think I’ll stick with this challenge and see what else I can catch.

There are some amazing submissions already.  Go browse the group.

And start snapping those macros :)


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  • kim
    Posted at 23:35h, 09 April Reply

    Hey, I love your trashy way of getting this fab shot!! lol
    I need to work on macro, I don’t actually have a macro lens, but it’s on my list. For now I just set my camera on the little flower dummy button and that’s as close to macro as I can get.
    Gonna have to go try our you set up and see what I can do with it. Don’t worry, fire extinguisher will be close by!
    .-= kim´s last blog ..99/365 Sixty-Four Colors =-.

    • janice
      Posted at 23:57h, 09 April Reply

      That little flower dummy button works well! I switch over to it often :)
      The coffee filter works pretty well. I had meant to mention that I ordered a lightscoop and I totally forgot all about it.

  • Leslie
    Posted at 00:54h, 10 April Reply

    I LOVE it. Not only the photo (which I came from on Flickr), but the fantastic “homemade” fancy photography tips. I’ve often looked for McGuyver-type photo tricks, and this is a great one. Thanks for posting! I’m going to have to try the stove hood light trick very soon.

    • janice
      Posted at 02:18h, 10 April Reply

      Thanks Leslie! Always fun to find new (free!) ways to do stuff, right? My home doesn’t have a lot of available light, natural or otherwise. I stuck a 100 watt bulb in the stove hood :)

  • geneil
    Posted at 07:06h, 10 April Reply

    this is great Jan! You make me laugh with your descriptions! I don’t have a macro lens–well it’s a really poor quality lens that I can kind of zoom in and use as a macro– so I may have to try the automatic macro setting.
    .-= geneil´s last blog ..99:365 Happy Happy =-.

    • janice
      Posted at 09:47h, 10 April Reply

      I have a little point and shoot that I use the macro setting on and it takes some seriously nice shots!
      You don’t need a lens :)
      I keep hearing people talking about tubes and stuff, but I am unedumacated … I should find out what they’re talking about. I don’t know about any of that stuff.

  • Nicci
    Posted at 06:06h, 11 April Reply

    I love macro photography. I don’t have tubes or lenses for it, but I love looking at it.

    Love your creativity in getting this shot.
    .-= Nicci´s last blog ..#66 Cheesecake =-.

  • Robin
    Posted at 12:28h, 13 April Reply

    That is gorgeous and delicious! I think showing us this you now need to send us some to taste. It’s only fair.
    .-= Robin´s last blog ..Think =-.

  • Tug
    Posted at 20:50h, 13 April Reply

    Love this one! I took better macro shots with my point & shoot than I am with K’s big expensive camera – I canNOT get it to even TAKE a shot on the little flower thingie. *sigh*

    How to make an inexpensive light tent:
    .-= Tug´s last blog ..Old Red Barn =-.

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