05.30.2019 Closeup and all-encompassing

The Venus Optics Laowa 15mm f/4 Macro Lens is pretty good at getting the entire environment while creating a very sharp closeup.  The only problem is, for a shot like this, one has to lie down and I am not far off from being unable to get back up again. Guess I’ll have to start wearing one of those “LifeAlert” necklaces.  🙂

This is a Pink Lady’s Slipper (Cypripedium acaule) which often can be found all white.

Although the perspective seems normal, I was actually just a couple of inches from the flower.

But, of course, I can’t get near one of these White Pink Lady’s Slippers without an up close and personal.

These are one of those things you claim the ability to stop at any time but keep making images just the same.  Such a captivating flower.

About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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14 Responses to 05.30.2019 Closeup and all-encompassing

  1. With your Life Alert you can say:”I’ve fallen for photography and I can’t get up.”


  2. Kind of erotic, Steve. You gotta watch that stuff… 😉


  3. shoreacres says:

    That is a neat effect in the first photo. The trees in the background emphasize the linear appearance of the flower. It looks rather like a kid whose mother just said, “Now, stand up straight, and look at the camera.”

    Of course, the second’s equally appealing. You know I can’t resist a white flower, but the various shades of green complement it so well, and the dewdrops add interest, even on the sepals. (See what I did there?)

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    • You could approach the effect with a wide angle lens, but the edges would distort.The lady’s slipper did a good job following Mama’s orders.

      Thanks for making me feel like I actually imparted something useful. 🙂 It doesn’t happen that often.

      I also like white flowers. I think often the colors, especially the reds, overwhelm both the composition and detail. That’s part of the reason for converting to black and white when you wish to have the details or patterns stand out without any distractions. It isn’t always the best strategy but does work on occasion. Sometimes they all work together.

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  4. bluebrightly says:

    These are stunning, Steve. I can see the difference having a 15mm macro makes. It can be great to have that context. Too bad you had to get own and dirty but I think it was worth it.

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  5. Very Nice Steve! The 15mm macro certainly gives you more detail of the environment behind your close-up macro shots!

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  6. Interesting lens! But yah… that look is quite extreme. 🙂

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