Janet Brien

Janet Brien

Posted on 08/17/2013


Photo taken on August 17, 2013


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229/365: "There is no end to education. It is not that you read a book, pass an examination, and finish with education. The whole of life, from the moment you are born to the moment you die, is a process of learning." ~ Jiddu Krishnamurti

229/365: "There is no end to education. It is not that you read a book, pass an examination, and finish with education. The whole of life, from the moment you are born to the moment you die, is a proc
4 more pictures in notes above! Please visit the stamen pictures and roll your mouse over the image to see what the full size flower looks like :)

Yesterday's pictures of a tiny baby spider had me thinking that it's time to add another layer of challenge to my photography, in the form of the Raynox DCR-250 Super Macro conversion lens. Even though we've had this lens for a couple of years, I wanted to have ample time to practice with my 100mm lens first. Macro lenses have a steep learning curve and can be very frustrating to use until you understand how to use them properly. In fact, about 100,000 pictures down the road, I *STILL* and *WILL ALWAYS* take plenty of garbage pictures. It's part of the price tag of working in macro. :)

I'm really glad I waited to use this conversion lens. Instead of becoming instantly annoyed, I was immediately comfortable using it, since I've had so much practice learning to judge distance and dof with my 100mm. The closer you get to a subject with a macro lens, the more razor thin the focus slice is, and the Raynox is unforgiving with the hair-thin dof. However, since I have used my 100mm at close range so much, I was prepared and pleasantly surprised that I already knew what to do with the Raynox, what types of shots and angles to try for the best possible outcome. With such a fine slice of focus, you want to try for a flat or side shot, and don't even bother with really small apertures like f/2.8. So I upped mine to f/6.3, compensated for the loss of light from the conversion lens by upping my ISO to 320, and looked for subjects that were very well lit for the best probability of a crisp picture. And, just to toss in a bit more complexity, all of these pictures today were taken with manual focus because the subject area is too small to get accurate auto focus.

When I noticed this "flying green grain of rice" land on a Star Thistle blossom, I saw a great opportunity to practice! I was able to take about 6-8 pictures, some of which were totally blurry, a couple that were just a bit off, one that wasn't half bad, and this one, which I am delighted by!! The lighting could be better but I am not complaining! My first practice session with this conversion lens and I got THIS picture!!! There are prisms visible in the compound eye and check out that amazing pebbly texture on the back! And that jewel-like emerald green! This tiny Sweat Bee is only about the size of a grain of rice!!! AMAZING!!!! I'm totally delighted. If I use a tripod or even a monopod, I'll have even better luck with clarity. Very promising!

Jiddu Krishnamurti (1895/1896 – February 17, 1986) was an Indian speaker and writer on philosophical and spiritual subjects. In his early life he was groomed to be the new World Teacher but later rejected this mantle and disbanded the organisation behind it. His subject matter included psychological revolution, the nature of mind, meditation, inquiry, human relationships, and bringing about radical change in society. He constantly stressed the need for a revolution in the psyche of every human being and emphasized that such revolution cannot be brought about by any external entity, be it religious, political, or social. Wikipedia: Jiddu Krishnamurti

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56 comments - The latest ones
Pam J
Pam J
Some things are worth waiting for !

These are totally stunning.
4 years ago.
Tacheles
Tacheles
Janet, many thanks for posting these great macro shots. I'm using reverse mounted primes when I intend a larger image ratio > 1:1.
So I'm just pondering about the image ratio you will obtain, when using the Raynox adapter applied before Canon's macro lens, that is able to produce 1:1 originally.
4 years ago.
sasithorn_s
sasithorn_s
Outstanding macro series, Janet!
Love the superb details in all shots especially the stamen macros:)
4 years ago.
Mags:-) off for a while
Mags:-) off for a wh…
Fantastic...really really fantastic!:)
4 years ago.
bluehazyjunem
bluehazyjunem
fabulous macro!
4 years ago.
Julien Rappaport
Julien Rappaport
Bravo pour cette splendide photo
4 years ago.
xX M@rtin Xx
xX M@rtin Xx
Great capture Janet. Thanks for sharing technique too.
4 years ago.
Simons-Photography
Simons-Photography
Great capture Janet
4 years ago.
Katie Rose
Katie Rose
Stunning shot!
I love the quote.
4 years ago.
Eleanor C
Eleanor C
Outstanding macro Janet!
4 years ago.
Fabio Cecchin
Fabio Cecchin
Gorgeous macro Janet!
4 years ago.
Bob Ottey
Bob Ottey
Beautiful Colourful And Detailed Set Of Macro Studies Janet Most Definite Fav Kindest Regards Bob.
4 years ago.
Bron C
Bron C
Wonderful set of macros!!
4 years ago.
Dave Hilditch
Dave Hilditch
Superb detail, Janet. The shot of the chicory stamen with pollen grains is amazing as well as lovely. You've become the master of macros!
4 years ago.
Serge Daigneault
Serge Daigneault
Very nice images, informations and colours, Janet.
4 years ago.
Peter Van Der Houwen
Peter Van Der Houwen
Fantastic result Janet, something I will never achieve!
4 years ago.
Bernhard Hofbeck
Bernhard Hofbeck
Wonderful images!
4 years ago.
tiabunna
tiabunna
An excellent macro, Janet.
4 years ago.
Elizabeth Roberts
Elizabeth Roberts
Wow !! stunning macro,lovely colours.
4 years ago.
Dynamo
Dynamo
Excellent set with amazing details...
4 years ago.
kadely
kadely
Manifique
4 years ago.
Starsprite
Starsprite
Janet...You are an amazing photographer. wishing you all the luck in the world as you continue!
4 years ago.
Pierrot
Pierrot
Superbe macro !!
4 years ago.
Suus
Suus
beautiful Janet, and thats incuding the other shots, I made one similar ;) don't you love macro?!
4 years ago.
William Sutherland
William Sutherland
Outstanding macro!
4 years ago.
William Sutherland
William Sutherland
Well Done!!
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Pond!!
4 years ago.
Ruth S Hart
Ruth S Hart
Perfect capture of this little one
4 years ago.
Mike (Bogger3)
Mike (Bogger3)
Superb ;-)
4 years ago.
Mike (Bogger3)
Mike (Bogger3)
Excellent macro.
Well Done!!
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Pond!!
4 years ago.
Rambonp
Rambonp
GREAT macro shot n info as well ! Compliments friend !

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4 years ago.
spacemouses
spacemouses
It has some nice colours to it.
4 years ago.
Alphazeta
Alphazeta
Like a little jewel. I empathize with your macro comments....it is a steep learning curve and I'm only about a quarter of the way up the curve as yet :-)
4 years ago.
Seb.69
Seb.69
Fantastic macro series Janet...
4 years ago.
Clofotos
Clofotos
Super !
4 years ago.
Loco's Photos
Loco's Photos
Another stunner, Janet!! Superb detail and such beautiful colors!! :)
4 years ago.
Don Sutherland
Don Sutherland
Stunning capture.
4 years ago.
Soeradjoen
Soeradjoen
Wow Janet this is great, fantastic macro!!!
4 years ago.
Jean
Jean
Terrific detail.
4 years ago.
Daddy
Daddy
Superbe mon amie
BRAVO !!!!!!!!!!!!!
Bisous(:-))oooooooooooooo
4 years ago.
Sergio Locatelli
Sergio Locatelli
I'll give you my compliments for the results you've got. With your tenacity you are showing us the wonders of a world infinitely small, but amazing.
You have made ​​wonderful photos, Janet
4 years ago.
Dean Morley (mostly off)
Dean Morley (mostly…
Great shots Janet. I particularly love those of the ants. Excellent photography. :-)
4 years ago.
Concetta Caracciolo
Concetta Caracciolo
Fantastica macro Janet sei bravissima !!!!
4 years ago.
WolfgangN
WolfgangN
very nice macro, great colors !
4 years ago.
Marcello Ciappi
Marcello Ciappi
Wonderful image, excellently taken !!!!
Have a nice Sunday.
4 years ago.
Rafa
Rafa
buenisima
4 years ago.
Ahmad Waqas
Ahmad Waqas
Superb as always..........
reality of education..............
4 years ago.
Anne Sorbes
Anne Sorbes
Une très belle série et Krishnamurti un excellent choix ;-)
4 years ago.
Nourel Lind
Nourel Lind
Magnifique série !
4 years ago.
Jofolo
Jofolo
That is such an amazing shot. Such detail and that green....
4 years ago.
Joke Hulst
Joke Hulst
Splendid shots Janet, wonderful macro serie !
4 years ago.
Antonio Diaz  Pedraza
Antonio Diaz Pedraz…
Magnifica
4 years ago.
Nancy Magruder
Nancy Magruder
You've done well mastering this macro lens. This is an awesome shot.
4 years ago.
Jose Luis Sánchez Nielfa
Jose Luis Sánchez Ni…
Precioso macro.
4 years ago.
Anup Pradhan
Anup Pradhan
terrific macro Janet...brilliant details
4 years ago.
Imogen
Imogen
Excellent macro of Halictidae bee.
4 years ago.
Coinoath Sarsfield
Coinoath Sarsfield
It's such a small world out there....
4 years ago.