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Fine & Dandy

Quite a few years ago I used to shoot a bit of macro stuff but it was with an old Pentax film camera with reverse rings and extension tubes. I then moved over to the Canon Eos film range in 1996 but never bought a proper macro lens or replaced my extension tubes to suit the Canon, so macro work was something that I had completely forgotten about.

Many of you will be familiar with the work of Otto K but I stumbled upon his site a few years ago and have been following his work ever since. Otto ran a series of 4-5 beautiful images of a dandylion March 2006 which really had quite an effect upon me and made me realise that I had not done any macro work for 11 years, you will see my drool all over his comments on the images!

http://www.ottokphotography.com/archives/4128_1571453806/138429

As a result of those images, within 1 week I had purchaced a £600 macro lens.

So if you are reading this Otto - you cost me £600 LOL but I have a lot of fun with it!

all the best. mal

Fine & Dandy

Quite a few years ago I used to shoot a bit of macro stuff but it was with an old Pentax film camera with reverse rings and extension tubes. I then moved over to the Canon Eos film range in 1996 but never bought a proper macro lens or replaced my extension tubes to suit the Canon, so macro work was something that I had completely forgotten about.

Many of you will be familiar with the work of Otto K but I stumbled upon his site a few years ago and have been following his work ever since. Otto ran a series of 4-5 beautiful images of a dandylion March 2006 which really had quite an effect upon me and made me realise that I had not done any macro work for 11 years, you will see my drool all over his comments on the images!

http://www.ottokphotography.com/archives/4128_1571453806/138429

As a result of those images, within 1 week I had purchaced a £600 macro lens.

So if you are reading this Otto - you cost me £600 LOL but I have a lot of fun with it!

all the best. mal

comments (40)

  • Martin
  • USA
  • 12 Apr 2007, 01:11
You are putting it to good use! The DOF is exquisite and this is a lovely shot!
How gorgeous that is!!
Beautifully lit, this is!
  • Raymond
  • around
  • 12 Apr 2007, 01:34
Hello Mal,
I'm sure Otto K will be flattered that the Don of Shutterchance was inspired by his work! I should check out that website. I like the framing, certainly grabs your attention! Oh my gosh, is that blue sky? Never knew the UK saw bright - shiny days hehe! Look forward to seeing more macro images from you, mi amigo! A good start!

Regards,
Raymond smile
  • Mia
  • 12 Apr 2007, 03:14
lol definitely worth it Mal, this is a MACRO macro
Very nice detailed work, Mal. I like the DOF action going on.
  • Robs
  • 12 Apr 2007, 05:07
Wonderful macro, Mal, absolutely wonderful.
A flower in the sky !! smile Great image Mal.
  • Petra
  • 12 Apr 2007, 06:15
This is not just another macro-flower shot....this is Art. Great one Mal...
Waouuh ! Fantastic... The light is so nice. And it looks like something between plant ant animal.
Fanatastic !!1
Oh hello! This is gorgeously done Mal.
  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 12 Apr 2007, 08:39
I know this is a macro, Mal, but for me it is more like an abstract painting, which I love. It takes me to the ferris wheel at the fair. Okay, I know I'm crazy, but that's what I immediately saw.

So, are you saying we can't ever get a nacro like this with our cheap cameras? grin
  • Frank
  • Germany
  • 12 Apr 2007, 09:01
Beautiful colours and details. I like the blue background.
  • sinem
  • Milton Keynes, UK
  • 12 Apr 2007, 09:36
Beautiful colour and great detail. Lovely macro, Mal.
  • paul
  • 12 Apr 2007, 09:46
Looks like money well spent mal!
la photo est superbe par le mystère qu'elle dégage
  • urban8
  • Stroke-on-Trent
  • 12 Apr 2007, 10:58
Mal - stunning - well worth the £600 investment I'm sure, great photo!
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 12 Apr 2007, 11:27
It seems to me you have more nature shots nowadays. Less technology and people. You are converting: smile

Excellent one you have here.

Each one of those tufts represent £10 or so. So Ginnie shouldn't worry - if her camera is half the price she will get half the tufts in the shot. I have always been good at maths, statistics and sundry forms of wishful thinking.
Mal, you really are an inspiration - always pushing your limits. This picture shows that your new macro lens are worth it. Thanks for sharing your work.
This is a fabulous image Mal. Seeing another side to you now! I posted one a while back (nothing so lovely as this) and several fellow bloggers told me of their similar posts and I ended up linking them to mine. So if you would like a fix of Dandelions take a peek at http://pixelpixie.shutterchance.com/photoblog/62659.htm and if you like, I'll add yours too.

Otto wasn't one of the urls you gave me was he? I'll have a look later. I can only do macro on my really old Canon A! with some Jessops extention tubes but I'm thinking of getting some for the Mamiya soon. Jose
Fantastic shot Mal - really vibrant colours.
  • Otto K.
  • United States
  • 12 Apr 2007, 13:47
Don't blame me. smile Gorgeous shot, Mal.
Wow, this is magnific. Great colors. I like very much
  • Julischka
  • the centre of EU
  • 12 Apr 2007, 16:45
Wonderful! I love it. smile
  • sowhat
  • france
  • 12 Apr 2007, 19:29
A GREAT SHOT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • alex
  • slightly cleaner apartment in boise, idaho
  • 12 Apr 2007, 20:12
wow, mal. this is highly deserving of being the highest-viewed shot today. this is the first one i've even looked at, and well, maybe i should just stop there. smile
Beautiful - Just beautiful !!
  • BobC
  • leeds
  • 12 Apr 2007, 22:30
Fantastic lighting on that shot! I love the way the closer tufts glow due to the shallow dof. Lovely!
  • nev
  • Australia
  • 12 Apr 2007, 23:40
Don't start buying more kit. My wish list is already long enough and i just know that thing has got an L in its name. absolutely beautiful shot. the numbers of comments on ottos site does not reflect the amount of times i have seen that image hotlinked on the web. Guess this one will be next.
Great shot, very seasonal.
  • Photosam
  • 13 Apr 2007, 19:02
Still in fr but currently bored so i decided to check ur blog out. Glad i didnt miss this one. Totally and utterly awesome.
  • Thomas
  • Sweden
  • 13 Apr 2007, 21:19
Just great! Fits to the current spring weather. I not only enjoy the light in your picture, but also the shallow depth of field. Which you place interestingly on the very left side. Makes up for a nice composition!
  • Claude
  • France
  • 16 Apr 2007, 13:04
Great effect! Perfect use of DOF, really a nice macro.
  • Ellie
  • 16 Apr 2007, 23:40
Wow! That's quite something!
  • stevo
  • 17 Apr 2007, 00:44
looks like some exploding head.
  • Aussie
  • Queensland Austrailia
  • 1 May 2007, 23:01
I love macro and also spent tooo much on a lens. I love this photo, the colours are just beautiful.
Superb macro with gorgeous colors.
superbe!!!!
This is so upbeat compared to some of your 'noirish' movement pictures. It makes me smile. good shot.

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