My walk to the post office (with a macro lens)

Discussion in 'Macro' started by Luke, Aug 7, 2015.

  1. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    I've been feeling photographically uninspired recently. Frankly, I don't know what to photograph. And beyond that, I don't know why. But instead of lounging around feeling sorry for myself, Eliot nudged me out of my lethargy. I got up from my afternoon nap (one of my new fave hobbies) and grabbed a Netflix movie that needed to go to the post office. It's about a mile away and I could use a little walk (I could use a lot of that actually, but let's not push's humid out there). So I grabbed my Pentax K-3 and the Tamron 90mm f2.8 macro lens and figured I could find SOMETHING to shoot. These are all in chronological order and most are processed a bit on the heavy side (it makes me look thinner:coco:). Most of them are cliches of one sort or another..... and maybe that's part of my photographic block. I want to shoot something original, but I just don't know what that is. Anyways...... I hope you find one or two that you like.

    19759748764_8887ea21a0_b.jpg Daucus carota by Luke, on Flickr

    19763777554_3dbf72b207_b.jpg IMGP0162 by Luke, on Flickr

    20198380040_7d2e54c135_b.jpg IMGP0165 by Luke, on Flickr

    19765487103_d8dc2515b7_b.jpg IMGP0166 by Luke, on Flickr

    not sure which dandelion I prefer, so you get both....:sorry:
    20199764399_d118b13db4_b.jpg IMGP0170 by Luke, on Flickr

    20198363958_47fe2d01e1_b.jpg IMGP0173 by Luke, on Flickr

    19765455813_6d29a07d04_b.jpg prepare to land by Luke, on Flickr

    20199738449_a593b95ff9_b.jpg IMGP0177 by Luke, on Flickr

    20199695979_3b9665359f_b.jpg IMGP0178 by Luke, on Flickr
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  2. Great bunch of shots there, Luke! I've found more than one or two that I like :)

    Really like the first one (Have you tried rotating it 90° counterclockwise? I feel it could be even stronger then (?)

    The second one made me laugh :) Great spot!

    Drops on leaves are always great subjects. (some might call it "cliche", but you could just as well call it a "classic" :) Love the colours of the second one.

    And then the landing bird... still has me scratching my head. Did you remove any support there? Or am I just missing something obvious? :) Anyway, nice surreal shot - makes a good pair with the bespectacled tree!

    That's what I like about macro lenses. You can always find something to shoot. Play with scale, explore "new landscapes" - without having to travel - and no matter what the weather...
    And as to blocks... We all get them from time to time... Probably best trying not to put too much weight on them (easier said then done ;) )

    Sometimes it's fun just to shoot without a goal. Get the obvoius shots out of your system first... Then come back to the same place and see if you can explore new angles... Or look back on your previous shots and see if there's any you particularly like (or enjoyed taking) and try do more of those...

    Just some random thoughts... :) (Not great with words)

    Maybe you could find more of these "quirky" shots (like the tree and the bird). That could be a nice collection :)
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  3. Lawrence A.

    Lawrence A. Hall of Famer

    Nov 8, 2012
    New Mexico
    Love the shots, especially the tree with the specs and the bird. (You going to tell us how you did that?)

    When I point at something and think, "It's been done. I try to answer myself, not by me, not today." Anyway, how many shots of Point Lobos did Weston do get the keepers?

    Keep on shooting. And - yeah - keep on walking. If you don't when you get to be my age, it will be even harder.
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  4. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs Legend

    Sep 21, 2010
    Not too far from Philly
    you should be able to figure it out...
    I like a lot more than one or two, and absolutely love the color droplets on the leaf shot. Yeah, it's been done before, but rarely that well...

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  5. Lightmancer

    Lightmancer Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Aug 13, 2011
    Sunny Frimley
    Bill Palmer
    One man's cliché... Mate, it's ALL been done before. Don't sweat it. Work on developing YOUR vision, YOUR voice. Think of Martin Parr - some of his work explores clichés to the point of banality or even ubiquity but he does so with a consistently post-ironic style that engages the viewer and makes them simultaneously part of the joke by playing upon their familiarity with the subject while giving it - and them - a little tweak in the tail. Me, I love to travel. How many photos have you seen over the years of the Leaning Tower of Pisa. I went, I took the "tourist" shots, then I explored for another angle, literally and figuratively. I found it with a shot of the tower's interior - something seldom shown.

    In these shots you have demonstrated technical competence, as I would expect, but you have also let some of your essential "Luke-ness" come through - a quirkiness and wry humour that entertains and informs the viewer. Climb the hills to see the mountains, and snap what you want, when you want, how you want - that way lies personal satisfaction.
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  6. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Larry, if the magician revealed his secrets, it would ruin the trick. :ninja:

    but there are some clues there if you know where to look.
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  7. ReD

    ReD Hall of Famer

    Mar 27, 2013
    Luke - everything is a rehearsal for the next one
    I think I've proved that to myself time and time again
    Cliches are meant to be cliches so get on with it
    I like No 4 best
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  8. pniev

    pniev Student for life

    May 13, 2013
    That is a great macro combination, Luke. Sometimes the uniqueness is in the ordinary things around us. And you captured that really well (the glasses in the tree arehilarious).

    Perhaps Your desire to go out and shoot will be ignited by an alphabet thread with a common theme? ;-)
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  9. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    the cheat revealed (it's actually a birdhouse shaped like a bird)....... spot healing tool to clone background over the chain hanger. It was actually how I pictured the final shot.

    19803974964_8777422ff3_b.jpg IMGP0175 by Luke, on Flickr

    and based on Tilman's suggestion.... here's the wild carrot rotated to a portrait orientation. I'm not sure it's better or worse, just different. In general because of the aspect ration of computer screens , I tend to present things in landscape view unless the shot demands to be shown the other way. I suppose I should reconsider which way works best for each shot even if it means viewing it smaller.

    20417859362_6096353499_b.jpg Daucus carota by Luke, on Flickr
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  10. serhan

    serhan All-Pro

    May 7, 2011
    Interesting article about developing a personal style at LuLa:
    Last edited: Aug 9, 2015
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  11. KillRamsey

    KillRamsey Super Moderator

    Jun 20, 2012
    Cambridge, MA
    The wild carrot shot was my favorite. It almost looks like an abstract or a painting, because the green stalks disappear into black. It's so perfectly devoid of distractions.
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  12. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Jul 3, 2010
    Excellent series, Luke! If I were worried about avoiding cliche, I don't think I'd shoot anything :redface:. Like Bill, says, everything has been done before. Forget about it, and just enjoy :dance2:.
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  13. bluzcity

    bluzcity Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Jul 24, 2013
    Memphis, TN
    I really like the 4th one. It would be interesting to see how it looked in a square format.
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  14. donlaw

    donlaw All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Sep 14, 2012
    Very nice images. Love #2!
  15. Gubrz

    Gubrz O.* Gonzo's & Bentley's Dad

    Jun 5, 2012
    Austin, TX
    1/2/4!!! Love them!
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