The weather continues to remain mild here in Maryland and it’s so pleasant walking on the property and not having to wade through huge piles of snow. There are only a few small patches that remain from the historic storms that we experienced last month.
I took these photos yesterday evening using my macro lens. The light was changing and the sunset was behind my back as I suddenly spied these little dried flowers in a clump at the base of a tree. So I got down on the ground and moved around until I liked the background and the composition. For a few seconds, I thought about walking back to the house to get my Gorillapod but knew that by the time I got back, the light wouldn’t be the same at all. So I hand held the camera and held my breath while I shot. I dunno; holding my breath seems to help keep it still.
I bring you macro shots of weeds. Aren’t you glad you came by today?
But really people, I just love the colors in these photos. In the picture above, the background is made up of the lawn at the bottom, then the row of trees, and finally the pale of the sky. But through the macro lens, when you’re hyper-focusing on a small area of detail, the background takes on another life, doesn’t it?
The background here had much more sky in it. There are no textures on any of the photos in this post. I will tell you, though that I ran Pioneer Woman’s Lovely & Ethereal action (Set 1) on them, then removed it from the flower heads with the use of a layer mask. The action gave the background a slight Gaussian blur and the colors a richer hue.
I’m not an authority on photography; I’m just here to share mine. And I’m glad you came by today. Even if it was just to see my weeds.
Thank you to everyone who visits this blog of mine and I’ll tell you something I noticed today. And you’re going to think I’m weird because I really just noticed it. I was surprised to see that I have nearly 500 followers. And while the number truly blows my mind just a bit, it also means that I’ll be having another giveaway to celebrate number 500. I have no idea what it will be yet but I always like a good excuse to host a giveaway.
But don’t worry. It won’t be weeds.
Until tomorrow, my friends . . .
All photos taken with a Nikon D80 camera.