Travel Theme: Close Up

A year ago I took my first and only photography lesson with Mike’s Camera Shop and learned how to use F-stops.  Reading an article about F-stops the other day reminded me that I forget to spin knobs and click buttons before I shoot pictures.  So often my close up pictures aren’t excellent.  During our class we got really close.

SFW Wildflower class20130420_74r

Sometimes I got a little closer to the little hairs on the stem than I did to the blossom.

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“It’s all in the composition,” says Leanne Cole.  That was before my first, and only lesson with her.  Life keeps getting in the way.  I have Australia – lessons with Leanne on my bucket list, though.

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I think the shadow on the top flower resembles the 1970s cartoon, Gumpy, jumping off a roof, or sneaking up on someone.

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I hope you enjoyed today’s travel theme, “Close Up.”  If you did the traveling was all yours.  I stayed close to home!  🙂  What is close to home for you?


27 responses to “Travel Theme: Close Up”

  1. smilingtoad Avatar

    Har har I just love the hairs on the stems- to me, especially with perfect gin-coloured sunset backlighting, they become just as beautiful as the flowers! Loved your shots here, lassie. Lovely post. I remember the post you did about the class back when you first took it. Marvelous. Cheers to you,

    Autumn Jade

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    1. tchistorygal Avatar

      I know,I’m scraping the bottom of the barrel right now, picture-wise. 🙂

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      1. smilingtoad Avatar

        NOT at all!

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  2. utesmile Avatar

    Lovely pictures here, I have problems with close ups too and need to practice.Your last one is my favourite!

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    1. tchistorygal Avatar

      Thanks. I need more practice. I am stretched thin on practicing. Writing, photography, and now dancing. Yikes! 🙂

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  3. Naomi Baltuck Avatar

    Very pretty, Marsha!

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    1. tchistorygal Avatar

      Thanks Naomi! 🙂

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  4. the eternal traveller Avatar

    Oh, and I forgot to say the third photo is lovely.

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    1. tchistorygal Avatar

      You are so funny! Thanks! 🙂

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  5. the eternal traveller Avatar

    Hmmm, I find close-ups very tricky and like you I usually have the background in focus, not the subject. (just ask Justin Beaver about this. He even wrote a post about my failings in this area)

    I must look up F-stops in my camera instruction book.

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    1. tchistorygal Avatar

      I like to put Manny out of focus every once in a while, just to keep him in line. 🙂 Have you noticed his pictures from OK on FB? 🙂

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      1. the eternal traveller Avatar

        Yes I’ve been following his adventures. He doesn’t seem to be missing you!

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        1. tchistorygal Avatar

          I know! What’s up with that!??? 🙂

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          1. the eternal traveller Avatar

            He’s too busy enjoying himself.

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          2. tchistorygal Avatar

            Sounds like him! Actually that sounds like you! You know how to have fun! 🙂

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          3. the eternal traveller Avatar

            He’s a quick learner!

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          4. tchistorygal Avatar

            So he tells me! 🙂

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  6. Ralph Avatar

    I bet Gumpy jumped down as soon as you turned your back to leave. xox

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    1. tchistorygal Avatar

      He chased me out of there. He didn’t want his secret hiding place discovered and put on the internet! 🙂

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  7. diannegray Avatar

    I find it quite hard to get close-ups Marsha. Maybe I need to do one of those courses! 😉

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    1. tchistorygal Avatar

      It’s a little knob on the top of my camera that I always forget about. Then, of course, there’s the ISO settings I need to play with, and I also forget about the lighting setting at the bottom of my round button on the back called WB. Leanne just told me that’s why I get blue pictures so much. I forget to switch to outdoor lighting! Yikes! 🙂

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  8. anotherday2paradise Avatar

    Great looking close-ups, Marsha, especially the hairy stem. LOL @ Gumpy. 😀

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    1. tchistorygal Avatar

      I’m so glad it was a picture of the hairy stem and not my leg or face or something! 🙂

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      1. anotherday2paradise Avatar

        “or something.” 😀

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        1. tchistorygal Avatar

          Yikes! 🙂

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  9. Mariane Avatar

    Wonderful close-ups for sure… looks so lovely 😀

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    1. tchistorygal Avatar

      Hi Mariane,
      Thanks so much for the compliment. Hope things are going well for you. 🙂

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