Evelyn loves her sunflowers, so she and Lui planted three in the front yard. Once they flowered, the bees were all over it. This is a normal honey bee (we also had Australian Stingless bees)

Australian Stingless Bee

Evelyn loves her sunflowers, so she and Lui planted three in the front yard. Once they flowered, the bees were all over it. This is an Australian Stingless Bee - see here for more info on the bee. This is captured from a video I shot for my One Second Per Day project (3 months in, 9 months to go).

Ant Farmers

These are ants that are farming aphids. While shooting an abstract macro, I couldn't resist shooting a non-abstract macro.

Butterfly and Flower

A butterfly visiting a flower. While shooting an abstract macro, I couldn't resist shooting a non-abstract macro.

Abstract Macro Colour #2

My challenge was "Macro Abstract in Colour" - thanks to @voileta! This one has a little bit more context than the last but hopefully it is abstract enough for the challenge.

Macro Abstact in Colour

This is for the Get Pushed challenge 35. My challenge was "Macro Abstract in Colour" - thanks to @voileta! This certainly was hard to adjust to, as I'm used to drawing particular pictures, even in macro. I guess the trick here is: context - make sure there is none.

Passionfruit Cake

Our passionfruit vine is dropping around one passionfruit per day, which is awesome. Lui made a passionfruit cake with passionfruit icing and it was awesome. Lui is also making a cookbook and I'm taking arty foody photographs.

Cape Gooseberry Macro

To contrast with the previous photo of pests bothering the Cape Gooseberry, here is a photo of one of the fruit lanterns. The fruit inside is immature, having fallen from the plant too early. I've documented the setup of this photo below. The idea was to get a back-lit shot showing the detail of the lantern and a shadow of the fruit. [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="224" caption="1. Ingredients for this photo: Cape Gooseberry fruit, with lantern in-tact; One small torch; And a tray of spice jars"]1. xxx[/caption] [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="2. I chose the spice jar tray as it was the first thing that I saw that would let me stand the torch up and balance the fruit on top."]2. xxx[/caption] [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="3. Turn torch on, and snap bracketed photos. I didn't measure the focusing distance but from memory it's about 5-7cm"]3. xxx[/caption]

Flea Beetle Larvae on my Cape Gooseberry

This round of veggie growing has not been as successful as previous years. We are host and victim of various pests and demons. The Cape Gooseberry is susceptible to the flea beetle. These things breed quickly and can eat a whole plant in a week. After that, they go to ground and will chow down on any new tree that is planted. I normally cut off the leaves that have grubs, and put them in a glass jar to die off in the sun. I saved this one long enough for an IR + macro shot on mini tripod. I don't think it worked perfectly, possibly because of the focus point difference between normal light and IR light. I started off at f/7.1, then f/11, then settled on f/13. The dark spots are the parts of the leaf that the larvae have eaten.

Project365 [343/365]: Get A Tan

Today I visited Molescan to have this spot checked. It appeared a year ago and I thought it was a pimple at first, but it never went away. Then it started to change colour, and bleed sometimes. Doctor went "hmm", and decided to remove it. He said it was too early for it to be a problem but it had the potential to turn into something. The photo itself was an interesting challenge that I had been thinking about for a week. I set myself up in the bathroom in front of a full length mirror. With camera mounted on tripod, I aimed the lens at myself and looked at the rear screen via the mirror. I don't have live view but I was able to peek at the photo review to see if I was on the right track. This took about 30 goes to get right.

Project365 [342/365]: Berry Protection

We have some berries planted in the back yard, and in an attempt to stop them turning into a bramble, they are stacked vertically. The first berries of the season are starting to ripen. It looks like this little guy is protecting the berries - at least they haven't been eaten by anything yet. (Must be careful though, last year some of the berries had fruit fly.)

Project365 [335/365]: Tap

This is the tap in our laundry. I experimented with some more IR photographs today but they didn't really turn out very well (much to learn) so this was a go-to photo. I accidentally left the custom white balance set for IR photos (but once I saw the effect, left it on).

Project365 [310/365]: First Focus Stack

I read about focus stacking and decided to try it for myself. The root here was placed at an angle so that it was not possible to get all of it in focus (even at f/29). The final image is formed from three source photos - one focused on the left, one on the middle and one on the right, and combined using CombineZP.

Project365 [302/365] There’s a Snail in my Strawberry

Something has been eating our strawberries. Lui suspect lizards, however we caught these snail-lets red handed scoffing them. I picked the strawberry and put it on the BBQ (not the hot plate!) for a photograph. I only managed two shots before it scurried away.

Project365 [299/365]: Hibiscus

There are many hibuscus planted around the city and they are in bloom at the moment. My trouble was finding one in a garden that I could climb in to in order to get a macro shot.

Project365 [289/365]: Underbelly

Since summer is coming, we tend to leave the windows open at night (with flyscreens). This beetle was trapped by stupidity. I took the flyscreen off and photographed it in place before it eventually rolled away.

Project365 [288/365]: Ice Sculptures

This is underneath the lid of our ice box (that is, a box of ice in the freezer, not the freezer itself). As it has gone in and out of the freezer over time, water has melted and refrozen into these shapes. Having it out for the few moments to shoot this (combined with my breath) melted the subject.

Project365 [274/365]: Giant Mozzie

After leaving the window open all night last night, I found this massive mozzie up against the window sill. I assume it's a mozzie anyway. It looks like a mozzie.

Project365 [268/365]: Spider and Spiderlets

These little spiderlets have hatched and are ready to take on the world. I set up the bird bath for crows again today, but they did not come out to play, again. So I went looking in the worm farm for some worms, but they were all hiding (I need to feed them more). However lots of spiders make their home in the worm farm as well, so I chose them for a subject. It's quite dark inside the lid of the worm farm, so a bit of phone light helped exposure. The directional light also provided some shadows which work so well with spider shots.

Project365 [265/365]: Feather

Inspired by this shot by sweett@365project, I picked a feather from the garden* and set it up for a macro photo. * I grow feathers. Next to the nasturtiums. I set up a poor man's light box (without the box), using a flouro light from outside and a sheet of paper to diffuse the light. The paper has provided a neat texture for the background as well.

Project365 [256/365]: Sunny Keyhole

When I arrived home, I noticed that there was a strong light shining through the keyhole in the laundry. The setting sun was perfectly lined up to shine through between the surrounding houses. The macro filter is a relatively simple design compared to the other modern lenses that I have and the flare is very unpredictable. Also due to the bright sunlight and flare, the autofocus had a lot of trouble. This shot was one that worked with autofocus but so many shots I just couldn't lock on, so I moved to manual focus and rocked back and forward until I had good focus. I already had a shot for the day but chose this one to keep due to repeatability - there would only be a couple of days per year that this shot would be able to be done.

Project365 [248/365]: Moss

I walk past a park most days (when I'm not lazy and drive instead), and there is a stone with a great lot of moss on it. I had planned to take a fisheye of the moss but it quickly turned out that that was not the way to go. Luckily fisheye and macro filters are on the same bit of kit, so I got to work with the macro instead.

Project365 [245/365]: Not-shy Spider

There are a lot of spiders in the shelter at the station, and I was getting up and friendly with one that I had spotted a few days earlier. As it turns out, it was either asleep or dead. Its neighbour wasn't so dead and started getting a bit aggressive, so I did what any smart individual would do and got 2cm away with the macro lens. I wasn't aiming so much (I wasn't getting my face that close) so this was a mis-focus but I think it gives the impression it was moving towards me (which it wasn't at this point).

Project365 [243/365]: Strawberry

I was cleaning up in the kitchen before work and was about to put a strawberry in the bin, when I noticed that it had grown a little. Strawberries seem to grow very quickly if not kept refridgerated, in my experience, and this one had been left out over night. I used my mini-tripod pointing down at the strawberry to capture the mould.

Project365 [227/365]: Sausagefest

Balanced lens on the edge of the frying pan, on an oven mit (to avoid melting). There was a bit of hot oil splashing about but I was able to wipe that off. I used a smaller aperture to capture a higher depth of field, since the wide-open depth of field with the macro lens is measured in atoms. This meant I couldn't hand-hold it though, with the resulting slower shutter speed.