Macros and flickr

Happy Monday, everyone. Great weekend, I hope? I shot this on Saturday at a local garden. Before joining flickr, I would have passed by these little purple flowers, looking for something much bigger and more dramatic. I’ve since learned to focus on little buds like this because they make for interesting macros. I used my 60mm 2.8 lens, which I love.

Actually, I might not even be doing this blog if it hadn’t been for flickr. I joined over a year ago, posting one little photo of a rose my husband gave me. It was my first macro, taken with a point-and-shoot. When I began looking at other photos on flickr, I got overwhelmed by all the talent and seriously thought of quitting. One guy even blocked me because I had only one photo! I later learned that if you don’t have a profile pic or many photos, some members will block you because they think you’re a stalker, or out to steal photos. Seriously.

Anyway, one day I opened my flickr account to find that one of my favorite photographers had left a nice comment on one of my pictures. That he took the time out of his busy schedule to do that was amazing to me. That he thought one of my shots was decent? Incredible. I decided then and there to give it a go, and I joined flickr groups and began uploading on a regular basis. I’ve learned tons since then. The feedback I get from other photographers is priceless.  I still have a lot to learn, but I’m having the best time.

I guess what I’m trying to say is, don’t give up. If you really love what you’re doing and you’re willing to put yourself out there no matter how scary it is, just keep going. I’m glad I did.

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9 Responses to Macros and flickr

  1. susan says:

    I’m glad you did too !

  2. ravindra says:

    hi,
    i am inspired.

    i am a beginner for photography.please give your sugessions
    i dont have any professsional camera.
    bye…………

    • Hi Ravindra,

      If you’re a beginner, try using a less-expensive point-and-shoot camera to see if photography is something you want to pursue. I’ve taken a lot of pictures with that type of camera and was very happy with them. In fact, I’ve gotten some decent shots with a disposable camera, believe it or not. When I wanted to do more, I bought a more-expensive DSLR (digital single lens reflex).

      Many photographers swear by Canon cameras and others use only Nikon. Or Leica or Olympus, etc. My DSLR is a Nikon because I’m more comfortable with that brand.

      If you can, take a photography class to learn the basics of composition, aperture, shutter speed and lighting. There are also lots of books for beginners that can teach you a ton of stuff.

      Good luck and thanks for stopping by!

  3. Caroline says:

    Such a beautiful photo. I love the colors. And the insights you share as well. It is amazing how beautiful such little flowers can look. I like the photos of Karl Blossfeld. Black and white but still they are amazing because they are actually just tiny details of plants.

  4. poetsplace says:

    I’m not a photographer, so my praise probably doesn’t mean much, but gorgeous photo and glad you stuck with it so the rest of us could see the beauty that your lens captures.

  5. Thanks, Caroline. I’ll look up Blossfeld.

    Poetsplace, I’m happy to hear from everyone, not just photographers. Especially on this blog.

  6. Caroline says:

    Blossfeld is worth discovering. He is actually an early pioneer of photography. He is long dead by now but still it is interesting to see what he did.

  7. I was able to view a few of his photos on line and they are exactly as you described. Very inspiring.

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