Weekly Photo Challenge: Texture

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My first tentative attempts with macro photography.ย In response to WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge:ย Texture.

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Mara Eastern

I'm a sardonic blogger, snapper, scribbler and rhymer; a virtual space invader who indulges in cheerful negativism, morbid self-deprecation and bleak humour.

23 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Texture”

    1. Thanks a lot! I’m just at the beginning of my macro attempts and I hope to improve! So far it’s a question of luck rather than anything else when I manage to get a good shot. This one is surely not the best, but it has the best texture ๐Ÿ˜‰

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        1. Absolutely! It’s stunning what one sees when using the macro lens — the zoom allows you to see what would go unnoticed when looking with just your eyes. I’m often startled when I zoom in ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Hello there! I’m glad that you approve ๐Ÿ˜‰ Seeing your avatar picture reminds me of how I can’t wait to take a macro photo of my cat, sadly, she moves too much for that so I’ll need to wait for her to fall asleep…

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      1. Stalking cats when their asleep is fun. At the moment I have an intruder ginger cat. He follows my other cats around and over the last few days he’s been coming in to eat and then run off. Sneaky bugger. I’m looking forward to cat macros! I’m still trying to get photos of my cats paws for you, but they don’t keep still.

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        1. Why are all intruder cats ginger? There’s a feral ginger tomcat here who’s been harassing my cats for several years. I don’t mind him, I’m OK with other cats eating my cats’ food too, but I wish he didn’t spray on everything around. It’s a foul smell. Taking cat pictures is a task for a life-time… And good things are worth waiting for, so when you get a picture, I’ll be here to drool over it ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    1. That is an excellent question — the photo turned out very blurry, which wasn’t deliberate. I liked the textures though, so I applied, among other things, a softening filter on the photo to make it look more deliberate… You caught me in the act! ๐Ÿ˜€

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      1. Oh I liked the pic and the colours,but I suspected that the blurriness wasn’t intended.
        I asked because I thought I could help; for minimum blur,you should always shoot at a fast shutter speed! (1/60 or less – sometimes 1/40 works,but only sometimes)

        In your case,it is very important to shoot at fast speeds because you use a macro extension tube! Every shake of the hand will translate into the pic,but if you use a fast s.speed,the camera won’t have time to ”record” the shake.
        Only use slow s.speeds (1/40 or more) when you’re using a tripod or placing the camera on something which doesn’t move. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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        1. Your knowledge of photography is something I admire. I haven’t yet managed to even get the basic terms, including shutter speed, though I’m planning to study this for a long time. I will remember your tip though — sounds good!

          I’m not using a tripod and yes, as you say, it seems hard to get a good shot while just holding the camera with my hand, no matter how much I try to hold my breath and not to move ๐Ÿ˜‰ So, shutter speed, I got it…

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          1. Oh these things I told you are very basic.You’ll master them after one or two months of practice!
            I was just pointing this to you lest you want to take crisper pics in the future! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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          2. Basic? Well, you say… I’m leaving for holiday in a few days and I hope to FINALLY read the instructions for my camera and practise! It’s not much one can do on the auto mode and even less than one can do without knowing precisely how to adjust the settings on the manual mode. Obviously.

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  1. i love how you boosted the color… the contrast between the two sides is awesome. Leaves are so cool with their veins. I’ve had a love hate relationship with macro myself…

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    1. Haha, yes, a love-and-hate relationship with macro, that’s the same for me. I love it but I hate it that it’s so hard to do! Anyway, thanks a lot for your compliment, and here’s to happy macro shooting! ๐Ÿ˜€

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