• Macro Photography

    When roses die

    So many years ago, photography magazines trained me to think that pictures of pretty flowers were trite. While I ignored their well-intentioned caution, documenting the flowers this year seemed “fresh.” With a warm Spring followed by cold followed by warm and then cold, the brave rose petals that were out first were “singed” by the unexpected temperature drop. This spectacle caught my attention and I began to document, what I perceived to be, an unusual bloom and decay of the roses near my workplace. I saw the roses in a way I had not before. While they no longer needed to attract birds and bees, they lost their heralded and brazen beauty and continued their…

  • Festivals,  Macro Photography

    To Do: Aquatic Flower Photography

    The Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens hosts the annual Lotus and Water Lily Festival on Saturday July 16, from 10 am until 4 pm.  The event is free to the public.  Located in Kenilworth along the banks of the Anacostia River, the park and gardens provide an excellent opportunity for photographing wonderfully beautiful flowers and birding opportunities. If you’re heading to the festival, make sure to bring the basics – water, sunscreen, bug spray, and a camera.  And if you have a telephoto lens, make sure to bring that, too.  Because the lotuses and water lilies are aquatic, getting close to some of them can be difficult.  But if you…

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    Cherry blossoms,  Macro Photography,  Monuments, Memorials, Statues

    Out on a Limb

    This year as cherry blossom season rolled around I decided to try something a little different…with an emphasis on ‘little.’  When I first saw street artist, Slinkachu’s ingenious photographs of little people out in the world I think I was maybe equal parts charmed and jealous. What a great idea! Why didn’t I think of that?!? Since Slinkachu started photographing little people in 2006 a whole slew of photographers have been charmed into their own little photography projects.  There are a number of Flickr groups dedicated to them and some truly ingenious work with little people and big food by photographer Christopher Boffoli. Following in the tiny footprints of all the little…

  • Macro Photography,  Meetups

    It’s always sunny in the Butterfly Pavilion

      While we’d much rather be down in Central America photographing butterflies in the wild, hanging out at the Butterfly Pavilion in the National Museum of Natural History ain’t so bad on a cold afternoon. The DCFocused Meetup group gathered at the Pavilion this past weekend to do some macro photography. If you go: Bring a macro lens for best results. Macro lenses allow you to get within a couple inches of your subject. However, you can get great shots with any lens or camera (even a camera phone). While there’s plenty of light in the Pavilion, using a flash can help. If you’re able to go with a friend, and…

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  • Featured,  Macro Photography

    Roses Aren’t Red: Photographing Flowers in Black and White

    “Oh, my love’s like a red, red rose,” wrote Robert Burns in 1794. I don’t recall much about the poetry class I took in college, but I do remember that my professor made quite a fuss about the “red, red” part. The poet’s love was so gorgeous that one red just wouldn’t do. Color is so much of what makes a flower a flower in our minds; it is intrinsic to its flowerness. What are we left with if we subtract the color? The answer, of course, is form and texture, but is that enough? To find out, I walked around my Capitol Hill neighborhood taking photos of flowers in…

  • Macro Photography

    Out of many, one by Paul Sirajuddin

    Paul Sirajuddin used a Canon 5D Mark II and a 100mm macro lens, with a Kenko Extension Tube to capture this shot from Monday’s snowfall. The Kenko tube is an adapter that goes onto the lens and allows you to focus closer than normal, while also magnifying your subject. But there’s more to getting these kind of cool macro shots than just having the right gear. Here’s how Paul describes the setup: “I used a black wool glove to catch the snowflakes and provide some contrast to define them. I also used the LED light from my cell phone to light them up while taking photos. With the extreme magnification,…