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Macro Monday

By LynneJoyce  
I'm purloining a day of the week again making today Macro Monday in order to post these images taken whilst testing the ring flash that I had nearly wrecked by leaving batteries in (oops).

Some of these are my first attempts at using manual focus, not something that I am confident with as I wear glasses and can't trust my eyesight. However, I gave it a try and I am pleased with the results. They are all hand held, almost all straight shots but just one 'painting' sneaked in.

The flowers are an unbirthday gift from my friend Rita, given because I have a December birthday and somehow it always gets sidelined, forgotten or overtaken by events. It is her belief that everybody with a December birthday should be able to nominate an official birthday in the middle of the year. I'll go with that and for mine I have nominated July 6th as that is my husband's birthday so it can never be forgotten.

Thank you for looking. I hope that you like at least some of these. If you do please tell me and tell me why.

P.S. be careful not to throw away blurred shots automatically. One that I took in this session proved perfect as the faux mounting board for several shots.

Tags: Flowers and plants Close-up and macro

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Hermanus 5 4 South Africa
2 Sep 2013 6:08AM
Clever idea to have two birthdays ! My wife has hers on 23 December so she supports the idea Smile A lovely set Lynne - this gladiola has an amazing colour giving the macro's a great look ! I also love the daisy type flower Smile

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GarrathE 9 4 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2013 6:28AM
Lovely set. V15 for me.
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
2 Sep 2013 6:28AM
Too difficult to pick a favourite, Lynne, because all are excellent works of art. Carol
Magic macros with great colours. Well done Lynne.
SUE118 Plus
9 8 1 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2013 7:30AM
You've done a really good job with these and I love the angle's, well done.
cjl47 10 4 3 England
2 Sep 2013 7:35AM
Well presented set Lynne..
EileenH 4 1 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2013 8:03AM
Lovely images Smile

RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
2 Sep 2013 8:21AM
Gosh, what a dose of beauties, Lynne: you will possibly have set up a new challenge........Macro Monday.
Not going to try to decide on the favourite.......I just enjoy scrolling over the set and enjoying one after another.
Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
2 Sep 2013 8:23AM
1,9,11 & 13 - uncomplicated and lovely shapes particularly v9.

rayme330 6 17 1 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2013 8:23AM
A monster upload from which it is impossible for me to pick a favourite, they are all so excellent. So I'll give you a UA instead. GrinGrinGrin

wnbeat 12 56 Scotland
2 Sep 2013 8:25AM
Stunning each and every one, and my late Mums favourite colour SmileSmile
2 Sep 2013 8:31AM
An excellent set of images presented so beautifully and so well co-ordinated.
It is very difficult to choose a 'favourite'.
I love the ones with 'full detail' as in V2 but I love, even more, the ones with selective focusing!
Superb macro work, Lynne.
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2013 8:37AM
2 birthdays ..... now that is something else......
Loved them all till no15.. those colours just jarred at me even though you cleverly fazed in the border...
but thats just me and colour
I also cant take photos I want when wearing my glasses... dreading the time when I can no longer wear contacts
ddolfelin Plus
6 103 3 Wales
2 Sep 2013 9:03AM
Sorry to have missed your birthday in July, Lynn.

Haven't looked at all the images yet but they appear to be top-notch.
Will come back to study them.
Great stuff.
2 Sep 2013 9:09AM
Nice work Lynne a very pleasing set

Tish1 Plus
5 16 4 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2013 9:19AM
The delicacy of some of those colours are truly striking, a great set of images, no favourite today, definitely wouldn't want to make that choice.

SlowSong Plus
9 7.4k 30 England
2 Sep 2013 9:45AM
Symphonies in mauve with a dash of red. Lovely.
achieverswales 7 8 101 Wales
2 Sep 2013 9:56AM
V11 for me Lynne but all excellent, My wife thinks the same as you about Birthdays as being on the 26th December everyone used to tell her, that the one present was for Christmas and Birthday.


2 Sep 2013 10:14AM
Super set Lynne, nicely colour coordinated.

John Smile
2 Sep 2013 10:18AM
An excellent set of art work.
EAS 9 1 13 Scotland
2 Sep 2013 10:38AM
So pretty! Lovely work.

CaroleS Plus
8 433 3 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2013 10:59AM
Lots of lovely fine detail throughout the setSmile
Irishkate Plus
7 41 114 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2013 11:22AM
Macro Monday - I like that idea.
Another accomplished set Lynne with your lovely presentation frames.
I do like the selective focussing with V9 and V3 my top favourites, followed by V8,5 and 2.
I'm not keen on the distracting table cover? in V4 but think V15 is a srong artistic image but maybe
needs the plate more blurred?
widtink 5 406 2 Scotland
2 Sep 2013 11:39AM
Stunning set with some really delicately beautiful shots Lynne Smile

TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
2 Sep 2013 11:42AM
A very beautiful collection here, Lynne - with so many to choose from it's nigh on impossible to pick a fave, they are all delightful Smile
Re birthdays, my dad's was on 19th December and my mum's on 24th December - Christmas Eve! What silly times to have birthdays....Wink
Trev Smile
2 Sep 2013 11:54AM
Most of them will be a lovely choice for fabric designer. with sweet blend of colors.
Good set of captures Lynne all nicely taken and presented, v2 is my fav stunning work so well composed in lovely detail gets my UA . Love it.
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
2 Sep 2013 1:17PM
Some true macros in this gathering-- quite impressive for hand held work---
I am most taken with v2 and similar images, I like the flower as taken and your choice of processing---unexpected treasures!

one small niggle-- the red part of the last image seems out of place.

KUDOS for this grand collection!
mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
2 Sep 2013 1:34PM
As someone who has forgotten what I had for breakfast this morning Lynne,I find it hard to remember all these birthdays and such like for the year.
I have no problem remembering my wedding anniversary as it is the 5th of July.It is perhaps ironic that it is one day after American Independence Day so that is how I remember that one.And I shall remember you ''new'' birthday as it is one day after my anniversary.How simple life would be if everyone had their birthday on the same day.That would be that done and dusted with and no problems with anyone forgetting.And if you got a rubbish present from someone you could always pass it on to someone else !!
I had a favourite pic from your set but I have forgot the number of it and can't be bothered going through them all again.It was the one that looked like a red tongue sticking out from the bottom of the frame.It has some tattooed lettering on it and they are sucking a big red Smartie !!
Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2013 1:50PM
birthdays..just forget them! best way as mine also December
a great set Lynne, and first image is my fav
NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2013 2:11PM
Macro Monday. A great idea, and one which you have grasped by the proverbial tripod and ran with. A superb series of high quality images, which have all been very well worked, processed and presented. Hard to pick a favourite as there is quality in numbers Lynne.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
ColleenA Plus
5 362 6 Australia
2 Sep 2013 3:48PM
Macro Monday.....a wonderful ideaGrinGrinGrinGrin
As for your set ......WOW WOW WOW superb macro itGrinGrinGrin
capto Plus
6 5.2k 8 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2013 4:41PM
An excellent and varied set.Smile

Brian65 9 2 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2013 5:57PM
Wonderful work Lynne, love em all.
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2016 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2013 6:47PM
V8 is my favourite, Lynne.
Well, we have Shadows Saturday, Silly Sunday, Chilli Tuesday and now perhaps Macro Monday. That's OK for you peeps who upload every day, and I suspect that it's a lot of fun, when out and about, finding pictures to fit the bill, but not easy for those of us who don't. Chilli Tuesday is still making me smile because we say "Chewsday".
tonyng 8 10 2 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2013 7:02PM
A fine set Lynne. V5 my fav.
jaktis 14 84 Sweden
2 Sep 2013 7:56PM
I agre with Dave WhiteRose1

pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2013 8:44PM
What a great set Lynne 8 and 15 for me love that colour to
netta1234 6 382 2 Wales
2 Sep 2013 8:52PM
Brilliant setSmile
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
2 Sep 2013 11:55PM
A magnificent mega medley of images for a mauve macro Monday, you've really mastered the manual settings in this marvellous mix
mistere Plus
4 4 3 England
3 Sep 2013 6:54AM
Lovely set lynne. Beautiful colours.

Rock Plus
16 10 2 England
3 Sep 2013 7:46AM
Now lass what are you entertaining us with on Tuesday ?

I say nowt as it all has been said.

KingBee Plus
12 529 2 Scotland
3 Sep 2013 7:55AM
What an incredibly beautiful presentation.


ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
3 Sep 2013 2:13PM
Lol...No. 15 is SO you with the Le Creuset GrinGrin That one's my favourite here.

This is an utterly gorgeous set, Lynne, and I like the idea of Macro Monday. Very good idea about the birthday too, actually.

Now of course I love the macros in the odd numbers...especially V9. Very inspiring. But I really like the shots in Vs 2, 4 and 8 too...V2 being the WOW one. So beautiful.

Very impressive that these were handheld AND manual focus for some. So cool you have a ring flash too. Are these the first shots I've seen with your macro lens? MORE!

Andrew Grin
Fefe Plus
6 23 31 United Kingdom
3 Sep 2013 5:38PM
My word ..... Two birthdays LynneGrin..... Just like the QueenGrinGrin..... dont blame you, I am sooo glad I wasn't born in DecemberTongueTongue

Now I love them all except V15, I am with Barbara on this one, but the rest are lovelyGrinGrin
xwang 9 56 8
3 Sep 2013 6:32PM
Superbly done, Lynne. Since I don't know anything about abstract, I'll leave them to the others. I do like the colour of the blur-ish ones. I like the V2's background;V4's DOF; V6's border; V15 is very interesting and creative shot.. added on something interesting... great set.
Chinga Plus
7 3 1 United Kingdom
4 Sep 2013 1:16AM
Hi there Lyne!
The ones I would hang on my wall are: 1,3,5,7,9,11,13 (Very special images! and I think thay woud make stunning greeting cards as well)
The one getting a wow is V15 for the colour surprises ! Grin
Wonderful work, my compliments! IB
Mike_Smith Plus
10 482 1 United Kingdom
4 Sep 2013 7:12PM
Cracking set of shots, i love the colour in all of them and also the presentation
annettep38 Plus
6 218 40 Costa Rica
4 Sep 2013 11:27PM
1, 11 and 13 are still my favourites ( sorry had to wait till THEY in power of my connection had at last let me go through all your fine macros)
there is also a dark one.. can't recall the number now which is very beautiful.
now your idea to use blurry shots as a background is fantastic. Gives me an idea Smile
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
6 Sep 2013 9:51AM
You are featured e2 piccy at the moment Smile Smile Smile Smile Smile Smile
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LynneJoyce Plus
9 20 99 United Kingdom
6 Sep 2013 11:49AM
Wow, featured piccy, that's good!
morpheus1955 11 3 2 United Kingdom
6 Sep 2013 12:05PM
Fantastic series of image Lynne, i love V 1,3,5,7,9,11,13 inclusive, great stuff Smile

User_Removed 13 386 2 United Kingdom
6 Sep 2013 6:40PM
All are excellent, but I like V8 best.
Ridgeway 11 222 2 Ireland
7 Sep 2013 1:37PM
No,9 stunning piece,now where's your lovely Shepards.Smile

Barjo 6 United States
8 Sep 2013 3:36PM
This is a first class image....So well done! The selective focus is outstanding.....I think you can trust your eyes! Beautiful work....

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