Artsy macro with flowers and a dandelion

I didn’t get much opportunity to do any shooting yesterday so at 7:00 p.m. last night, I put on some long pants and tennies to go for a trek in the field behind our house. Armed with my camera, tripod, remote release, and new 60mm macro lens, I was determined to take some photos to feed my soul.

I succeeded.

First I found some tall grass… pretty. But a little boring.

Then I found a tiny dandelion growing up among a patch of grass. My mom liked this shot, but it was my least favorite of the day.

I gave up on the field and went to my front yard. I found a lone dandelion in my flower bed. Now I’ve seen some remarkable dandelion macro and wasn’t sure I could pull off what I had envisioned in my head. I switched to manual focus, used the lawn as my backdrop, and held the puff up to the lens. I even separated one seedling from the puff for a few shots.

Now that’s what I’m talking about.

I walked around for a bit more and found a cluster of blue-ish lavender flowers and I have no idea what they are. I got as close as I could and shot a succession of photos. I knew after chimping that I had a few that really spoke to me. The last photo was taken in my kitchen with the camera sitting on the counter just an inch away from the flowers. These are ART to me. These make my heart sing. These make me so happy. The flowers remind me of undulating water. All were taken with manual focus. The first one I purposefully shot out of focus for a dreamy quality. Love love love.

This one is my favorite of the day.

Thanks for looking. It’s interesting which ones my family liked and which ones I liked… totally different. Art is subjective. I’d love to hear which ones you like or even if you don’t like any. I’m open to all feedback. 🙂

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  • Mrs. Fun - That fourth one down is AMAZING!!! Love them all BUT I am struck with the details of that one. Beautiful!!ReplyCancel

  • Julie Anders - Lucky you…I NEED a macro 🙂 They are lovely…but when I saw the purple flowers, they are just breathtaking! I think my favorite is the same as yours. I love the lavender against the green. Yes, they are art! You better print them out! I have a terrible habit on not printing anything. Good job Holly!!!ReplyCancel

  • Anna - Holly I love the 4th and the 6th one from your purple flower shots. I love my macro lens too. But I have to take care that I don’t shoot only macro nowadays.ReplyCancel

  • Cairn - Love them! This is one of my favorite things to photograph. Flowers and nature! I am glad I ran across your page.ReplyCancel

  • Christy Tower - My fav is the last photo. I love the color and the soft tone of the the flower. You are going to love that macro lens!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Sheehan - Oh how I envy your macro!! I love the flowers — particularly the blue ones…. yummy against that green backdrop!ReplyCancel

  • Katie - LOVE all the new macro! I hope a macro is my next lens.ReplyCancel

  • heidi - Oh girl, to say I am excited about you joining the macro club would be putting it mildly. I love the dandys most of all! They are all so pretty! How fun is this, right?ReplyCancel

  • hope - absolutely adore the first and dandelion ones.ReplyCancel

  • staceyrw - Holly, are you seeing the world in a completely new way because of your macro lens? It looks like it! Hmmm…favorites. I really like the burst of yellow in the second one; agree with Misti on the detail of the fourth one; of the lavender flowers…hard to pick a favorite. I like your experimentation with them. Some showing more of a background, others purely focused on a detail among the blue/purple. I think the second and the last are my favorites…but really, they are all great!ReplyCancel

  • Kathy - Those are just beautiful and once again have me wanting a macro. GORGEOUS. I love the blue flowers, but am also amazed by the creamy green in the background of the dandelions. Great shots!ReplyCancel

  • Project 52, week 26 » Holly Anissa - […] this week. I discovered some of my best and favorite work… the macro photos I took of the dandelion and flowers earlier this week and my first couple of client sessions… a neighbor and a newborn. But I […]ReplyCancel

  • Lys C. - Hi Holly,
    you seem enjoying yourself with this macro lens, all the photos are beautifully done !! but like you, I really love the one which is your fav … the boheks are all so soft, almost dreamy … well done !!ReplyCancel

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