Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Macro Monday: Green

I am off on a nerdy birdy weekend at the moment. So, no long winded post this week - phew, what a relief for us all! Just some soothing photos to, hopefully, please your eyes. That always assumes that I can get online to post them whilst in the wilds of the B.C. Interior.

Sword fern (Polystichum munitum)

Bracken (Pteridium aquilinum)

Anyone know? My ID books are in Box 4 somewhere in the bowels of my garage.

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18 comments:

Jama said...

With the dark background, the ferns look so perfect!

Manang Kim said...

Like the lighting and the combination of green and black color. Happy Monday!

MM~My Iris

Vicki said...

Striking shots. The green and black look great together.

Kala said...

Wonderful light in these shots!

michael said...

I agree, the lighting on these is superb. The photos are lovely.

michael said...

I agree, the lighting on these is superb. The photos are lovely.

Carolina said...

Oh yes, the lighting is wonderful. I love these photos. The third one is a fern too ;-)

Jayne said...

Beautiful - love the light in these.

"Lillagul" said...

Lovely ,lovely pictures on the Ferns !
Great light and color !
Have a nice monday :)

HOOTIN' ANNI said...

The fronds with the sunlight is just picture perfect!!!

My Macro Lantana is HERE I do hope you can stop by to visit with me today.

jabblog said...

Beautiful, calm shots. Can't help with the identification, I'm afraid - it's all just 'bracken' to me :-)

Dave said...

Clever use of light here.

and to answer your question,

Hardware:
for the regular 1:1 macro shot im using a tamron 60mm macro lens.

for the super macro, beyond 1:1- i am using 68mm extension tube+ tamron 60mm macro+ nikon 50mm reverse mounted on the tamron + window light.

magnification can be push a bit more by adding a 2x teleconverter lens to the setup


Subject:
the fly was put into the refrigerator to sleep, I took the picture then, after a few minutes it wakes up and flies away.

Fly photo is made from 20 separate shots of the same fly at different focal length with a fraction of a millimeter increment.The images are then stacked together to create the final image.

The morning dew were of 12 shots.

The process is very tedious and needs a lot of patience, the alternative is to use 10-20" shutter speed on one image for details like I did on the ballpen but the stacking process gives more details.

Dave here.

quilly said...

I have tried often to get a decent pic of ferns. You have done a wonderful job.

Cortes said...

Ferns are my favorite plant. Except when they turn brown. Yours are a perfect shade of green. Marvelous!

Dave said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog!

I think that your mystery fern might be Deer Fern (Blechnum spicant) but I'm not sure - the fact that the leaves are attached all along the bases correlates with Pojar and MacKinnon's description - I thought that they might be a young Sword Fern but it just doesn't look right for that. Do you have any other photos that shows the frond in profile? Look to see if the frond starts narrow, gets wider and then narrows again at the tip.

Great images by the way! Love the backlit sword fern!

lisaschaos said...

Beautiful! I love the lighting in them especially! Hope you're having a wonderful time!!

Don't Bug Me! said...

Thank you to all of you that made such lovely comments. I really appreciate you popping by.

In particular:

Carolina: Thanks, that was ever so helpful!

Dave: A very big thank you for all that info - I think I might have to pay EBay a visit. I really love your morning dew shot. It might even be worth all the extra effort required.

Other Dave: You also get a big thank you - I suspected that it might be a deer fern, but the fronds just seemed much narrower and smaller than I had seen before. Perhaps it was just because of where it was growing - quite dry and hot on the side of the mountain.

jay said...

Those are gorgeous!! I love the lighting.

The last one reminds me of 'asplenium' but it's probably not!