Tagged: macro photography

When I stopped at home today for a quick lunch, I spotted my neighbor’s bush covered in melting icicles. I shot a few snaps with my 60mm macro lens then downloaded the files as I ate my sandwich. I kind of shrugged my shoulders at the results, wishing the icicles had more sparkle. Returning to the bush, this time with my flash tethered to a cord, I positioned the strobe directly underneath the icicles and blasted away. Much better contrast and color–and I got my sparkles:) Nikon D700 Nikkor 60mm 2.8 lens, Nikon SB800 flash.

As the temperature rises above freezing, an evergreen bush on Spokane's South Hill sheds its icicles Monday afternoon, Jan. 23, 2011. Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review



As I was getting into my car today, I spotted this dandelion seed bloom in my neighbor’s yard. I don’t normally think about shooting pretty pictures for newspaper, but this time it just felt good to shoot one for myself. I like the light  on the seeds and the dark background. This is a photo that’s been done a million times by other photographers–but I don’t mind. It’s my first time  shooting  a dandelion this close up. Now I just have to figure out how to keep these seeds out of my lawn. Nikon D3s/Nikkor 60 mm macro lens

A dandelion bloom gone to seed awaits a strong gust of wind to spread the noxious weed's seed into lawns and gardens on the South Hill Tuesday, May 31, 2011. Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review

Ice crystals

November 22nd, 2010 Permalink

It was a chilly Saturday morning and my honey-do list included cleaning up the leaves in my front yard. As I raked, I begin to notice the ice crystals on the sycamore leaves. I dropped the rake and grabbed my Nikon D3s with a 60 mm macro lens from the trunk of my car.. The morning light was coming through the tress, which gave the crystals texture. After a few frames it was back to work. I”m glad I got the raking done. By Monday three-inches of snow had fallen.

Ice crystals that formed on a sycamore leaf caught my eye as I was raking leaves in my front yard in Spokane, Wash.. Photo/Colin Mulvany