Friday, April 5, 2013

Focusing On Life~Week 14~Up Close

 Looking at any object up close transforms it into an unidentifiable landscape,
a scary terrain seemingly from another planet
complete with hidden caves and stalagtites

 It can even sometimes take on human characteristics
like these hands and fingers which seem to reach up out of the ground to grasp an object


You can see well defined patterns and rows of shapes that would otherwise go unnoticed



And textures not visible to the naked eye


You begin to wonder,
what am I looking at?


Then suddenly it all makes sense.

Head on over to The Studio Sublime to get up close and personal this week.

44 comments:

  1. LOVE the photos, and the way you led us to what it is!! Great post!

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    1. Thanks Annette! You know I love macro shots, we both were always on I heart macro together too!

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  2. some amazing photos! i was guessing it was a shell... close, but no cigar, as my hubbie says :)
    i missed last week's, and sally hasn't posted yet, so i don't have a number from the link-up list...
    happy saturday :)

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    1. Thanks Claire, we have that same saying! A shell was a pretty close guess!

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  3. This is amazing! I love your blog! I thought it was going to be an octopus!

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    1. Thank you Adrienne, what a nice compliment! That tentacle got you didn't it?

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  4. I saw shell too in the early pictures not starfish... even with the picture of the center... Great pictures!

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    1. It's always amazing to me when doing macro shots, what i see in the finished photos that i couldn't see before and how different everything looks making it all foreign.

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  5. A great puzzle solved, and how perfect to end it with a star!

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    1. Thank you Donna! I thought it was really cool!

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  7. Such a cool 'up close' look! those textures on the surface are amazing! love how you captured this!

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    1. Thank you, I am always amazed at what can be seen through the macro lens too. I could scour the world looking through it!

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  8. Awesome photo! I looks like something from a Si-Fi movie until you see the whole thing. Love the texture!!!

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    1. Thanks Alice! there were so many different textures on this one starfish it was amazing!

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  9. Perfect pics. At first I thought maybe a gator...but no in VA....the pictures are really worth a thousand words. Great job.

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    1. Thank you Vera, i can see gator there too!

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  10. That was fun! This is the coolest starfish I've ever seen! That's an up close and intimate view!! Thanks for the joy!

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    1. Thanks Debi, macro shots always amaze me at what you can see that would otherwise be missed altogether!

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  11. Great post!! Perfectly on-point with the theme, and wonderful pictures.

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  12. Beautiful and mysterious pictures. Great texture detail and I would not have guessed a starfish. One of my favorite things to do is take my grand kids down to the ocean on Vancouver Island and hunt for starfish but they are typically purple and orange. The kids love pulling off rocks to reveal them. So fun!

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    1. Oh wow, purple and orange? They must be beautiful! I remember catching starfish in the surf at the beach but they were always just tan but I loved to watch all the little fingers crawl!

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    1. Sorry to disappoint Patty :) it could have been a lizard, especially that first shot!

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  14. I figured it was something from the sea, love that it was a starfish. Your photos were spectacular and enjoyed your presentation.

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    1. Thanks Mary, I got that starfish on our most recent trip to Florida, it was already dried but I love the size and shape, so different!

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  15. WOW! Gorgeous photos! Love your descriptions too.

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  16. Those are just amazing photos. I thought the little spines looked like teeth at first. I love all the detail you were able to capture.

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    1. I agree Tanya, that first shot also reminded me of the jaws of something. then the undershot with the fingers, i could just about see a shadow of a fingernail on a few of them and suddenly that's all i could see was fingers! I love macro shots!

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  17. SO cool!!! Love love love this - looks like an alien lives like a star fish!

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    1. Thanks Patty, everything in macro looks alien to me!

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  18. Holy Cow Smokes Batman!! ;-) What super amazing shots. So wild, so alien, so freaky!! Macro perfection Laura!! What brand of camera did you use to photograph these? And, if it's a dSLR and not a point-n-click, do you have a macro lens and if so, what kind? There's lots of people out there asking about various cameras, etc. this week and I think we're all learning a bunch here!!

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    1. Thanks Shel. Actually, up until this week I have been using my point and shoots because we have been travelling back and forth to Florida, those are both Lumix's. This week however since I am back home, I used my Nikon DSLR, it's a Nikon d7000 and the lens is also a nikon 200mm macro. I was enjoying Lori's I heart macro so much about a year and a half ago I invested in the lens, it is one of my favorites.

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  19. Your photos and prose are awesome! So blessed to know you!

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    1. I am equally blessed to know you too Carol, Love you!

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  20. Your photos really captured the feeling that a starfish is nothing but a mouth...WOW! I loved this...sea creatures are so neat anyway, but what a view here!! That one photo almost looks like a crocodile!

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    1. I agree Stacie, that first shot could be a croc or as someone said a lizard even. It always amazes me what can be seen through the lens that we miss otherwise!

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