Thursday, April 10, 2014

April Personal Photo Challenge

It's rolled around to that time again to join Donna at Cottage Days and Journeys for the monthly photo challenge.  Our mission for April is to share one to three photos of macro shots and the link page has plenty of guidance to accomplish this.  It doesn't mean it's easy, but definitely fun to get up close and personal.
Later this month the magnolia buds will split open from their catkin enclosures and create a spectacular display of pink flowers. Canon 40 D macro lens. f 5.6 ISO 400 (auto)
A store bought tulip that I went eye to eye with. Canon 40D macro lens. f 2.8 ISO 800 (auto)
A dragonfly with a golden body and gossamer wings. Canon 40D macro lens f 2.8 ISO 320 (auto)
If you'd like to join us for the Personal Photo Challenge you can link up here. Thank you Donna for hosting monthly and giving us a topic for each challenge.

40 comments:

  1. It was fun to see you at the tea with Karen, Poppy and Jen.

    I just asked Karen if you would all come to southern California if I invited you for tea.

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  2. Beautiful photos! The dragonfly is amazing! xo Jen

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  3. These are wonderful macros! I haven't decided which ones to use yet. Love the interior of the flower (tulip?) in the second shot.

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  4. Gorgeous macro shots! My favorite is the dragonfly! Have a great evening!

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  5. These are great Judith. Love the close up of the tulip.

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  6. Wonderful! And my favorite is the last. The symmetry, the light, the bokeh...exquisite!

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  7. Wow...Beautiful macro photos! The dragonfly one is AMAZING!

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  8. Beautiful Judith! I feel like I could walk into the middle one!

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  9. They are each one more beautiful. What amazing detail and perfect for the challenge! Very nice my friend!

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  10. Really beautiful photos Judith! I love the dragonfly. It's just gorgeous.

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  11. Stellar photos, Judith! Love them all.

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  12. A realy great picture from the dragonfly - we also each year a lot in the garden!

    Sigrun

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  13. Beautiful photos...saw you at tea with Poppy / was fun to read about it :)

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  14. Terrific variety, and I somehow knew that that you would feature garden treasures. The fuzzy texture in the first one is so fun. I want to reach out and touch it. Love the perspective of the tulip center and how you framed it up for the composition. And I am shaking my head with wonderment on how you captured the details of the dragonfly because those little ones are so quick! Great job on the challenge, Judith, and I'm happy to hear that you enjoyed the informational links for the challenge.

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  15. That dragon fly is stunning, Judith; you've captured it so beautifully. The magnolia bud prompted me to go and take a look at my tree. I'm sure the buds were much larger last year at this time.

    Karen

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  16. Oh wow...these are amazing! The magnolia blossom is gorgeous and the one of the dragonfly nearly took my breath away...that will be my challenge when they start flitting about around here this summer! Last year was the year of the butterfly...maybe this year I can snap one of a dragonfly!

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  17. That dragonfly is absolutely stunning!! All your photos are so beautiful especially the magnolia, I want to reach out and stroke it.

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  18. Lovely photos today, Judith. That magnolia bud is such a brilliant shade of pink. And how on earth did you sneak up on the dragon fly?

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  19. Wonderful photos. Love the first and the last. As I first scrolled down I thought the first photo my have been of a rabbit's ear (for Easter).
    ;-)

    I couldn't seem to get so close with mine. I am always in too much of a hurry!

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  20. ohhhhh... how I love bug wings.
    Excellent!!!!

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  21. Wow. Just wow. I am amazed by the DETAIL you achieved and the information you included is so very helpful. I LOVE macro photography and think I want to get a macro lens. I was able to get some "close-ups" but not truly macro. I'm so thankful for this challenge and all of the participants to learn from. Beautifully done. I am now blogging at www.myyondermountain.com instead of The Drowsy Bee (Blogger).

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  22. You did a great job on this challenge. Holy cow - you really got closeup!

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  23. That DRAGONFLY is perfection! How in the world did you capture it so closely and without a hint of blur? Just, WOW.

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  24. These are great shots. I can especially appreciate the degree of difficulty in capturing the dragonfly, as I have attempted it myself. You have managed a beautifully detailed picture.

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  25. Your three macro photographs are little works of art Judith!
    They are wonderful - in fact perfect macro examples in my mind.
    It's hard to believe the dragonfly is real!
    At first I thought it was a piece of jewellery - a brooch.
    Then I realised it's little gold body was hovering over the flower - INCREDIBLE!!!!!

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  26. OOO, my goodness. What a great job you did on these photos...just beautiful.

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  27. Very nice, Judith! Close enough for fuzz. Love it!

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  28. I really love the soft focus on the Tulip- it feels so romantic.

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  29. What wonderful photos Judith. I envy your magnolia, I'd love to have one but I think our zone is too harsh in the winter. Who can resist a tulip, and that dragonfly is amazing! What a perfect photo... Well done, my friend!

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  30. These are All so beautiful!! Love the softness and colors!
    hughugs

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  31. Hello,Judith,
    They are so beautiful macro photographs!
    That dragonfly is surprising me. Great photo!I have not used micro lens for a couple of years! Your photos inspired me to try again!
    Have a good new week!

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  32. Judith, I hardly know what to say. Each one of these images is stunning! The dragonfly photo is amazing...but so are the textures in the magnolia bud and the dreamy tulip center. Beautiful work!

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  33. All your pictures are beautiful but your dragonfly photo is stunning! The wings are exquisite!

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  34. Oh my, these are awesome! Makes me want to grab my macro lenses (which I haven't used in forever) and run outside and snap away. But it's raining today, so I'll wait! ;)

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  35. Wonderful macro's. The dragonfly shot is impressive.

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  36. The dragonfly photo is awesome - love the magnolia bud too. I saw some magnolia buds with color showing on 'Jane' at Lowe's recently.
    Hugs, Beth

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