Weekly Photo Contest: July 3 - 10 - B&W Macro

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  1. Alexander.Of.Oz macrumors 68000

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    I'm a sucker for a good macro image and just to make it a little more interesting I thought it would be a bit more of a challenge in B&W. Hopefully this will make you all focus on shapes, forms and light a little bit more than just shoving a lens really close to something! ;)

    Go forth and be creative, but remember to have fun, first and foremost. I look forward to seeing your creativity expressed here.

    The rules are still the same.

    The photographs must be your own work.

    • Be creative and have fun.
    • You may only submit one photo per contest.
    • Please do not comment on photos until after the judging has taken place.
    • The contest runs for one week, starting NOW!
    • At the end of the week, The Judge (last week's Winner) will choose a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place photo, providing as much feedback as possible.
    • If the Judge is unable to complete the selection within 48 hours of the deadline for close, then a vote will be carried out to select a winner. This will be based on the number of "likes" each image has. In the event of a draw, the second place winner from the previous week will choose the tiebreaker.
    • The 1st place Winner will start a new thread with the topic/theme of their choice, and act as the Judge for that contest. (Winner has 48 hours to create new theme, after that it defers to 2nd place).
     
  2. Alexander.Of.Oz thread starter macrumors 68000

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    And we are off to a brilliant start! :cool:
     
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    Great topic!

    BTW contacted BadGuy and he is OK. Life has just got in the way
     
  4. Alexander.Of.Oz thread starter macrumors 68000

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    That's good to hear. Was a bit worried for the guy for a while there.
     
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    Glad to hear it.
     
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    This is a very good challenge, especially for me, who really doesn't do much B&W - I see the world in vivid color.

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    Although technically not a macro, I liked the way it looks a bit like a colosseum.

    [​IMG]DSC02360 by Kevin Nealon, on Flickr
     
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    A good diverse range of entries so far folks. Keep them rolling in.
     
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    UPDATE: Replacing with one from my trip to Glencoe.

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    Well, macro is a little out of my area, but here goes anyway. This is called "salmiakki" in Finnish, or salty liquorice. It's basically liquorice flavoured with ammonium chloride, and it's used in Finnish candy quite often. People outside the Nordic countries don't usually like it. It's very salty, but once you grow to like it, there's no going back. In the photo is Apothecary's Salmiac, and it's diameter is around 7 millimeters. It's black, so the only B&W conversion here is removing the blue sky around it. It's lying on a mirror (hence the sky), and you can see the bottom, too. This is a stacked photo with 5 exposures, taken with a vintage 60's Nikkor 24mm with an extension tube.


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  12. Alexander.Of.Oz thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Well folks, the week is up for this one, I'll be back with results as soon as I can.

    Thanks for all your entries.
     
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    Thank you all for your entries, there was a really nice diversity of entries this week. Hopefully you all had fun with this one.

    Hopefully no-one is offended by my feedback, it is after all just my opinion and I am by no means an expert, I'm just a passionate hobbyist!

    A stunner from you, Alex, great detail and nice contrast, making for a compelling and interesting image choc full of texture.

    An interesting high-key image. I'm not quite sure that it has worked as well as it possibly could have. The bee has now blended into the background and the focus seems to be just slightly in front of the bee, with the bee being a tad soft and the flower being crisp. handholding for macro is a real challenge, I know! The slightest movement either way and the focus shifts with you and we're talking fractions of millimetres here.

    Another interesting high-key finish, with perfect focus on the eye and some strong contrast, keeping my eye entertained. I think it worked well for you here.

    Very strong contrasts of black and white here, AFB. A nice subject in quite harsh light by the looks of it. Did you spot meter off of the hottest part of the petal for this? It looks like the highlights have blown just a touch, but that could just be my perception of it. We had a very interesting discourse about just that in another photographic forum last week actually! Where technically the images weren't blown out, but our eye still perceived it to be.

    Wonderfully done, Molly! I really like the dreamy nature of this. Very effective using safety-pins in such a creative manner with that almost non-existent focus! I'm a sucker for B&W, macro and abstracts and you ticked all three boxes in one go!

    Lovely focus on the eye, Old's! It's only let down by the positioning, I would have been tempted to go face on with this subject, it's all about the eyes after all and the background is a bit distracting with all those marks over it.

    Wonderful conversion to B&W with this creature having such strong form to it. You nailed the focus on the eyes and the front legs too, with good detail there. It looks like it has been eating very well from the pronounced belly!

    The nice soft light here has really brought out the dimension of these two caged balls. They are interesting subjects in their own right and they have worked well with the B&W treatment. Good detail and focus on the front ball. I like the shallow focus and staggered size difference accentuating their form nicely.

    To me, macro is from small observations like this, right on through to the truly minuscule like what SomeOldGuy can achieve with his microscope setup. So you're all good, Kevin! Nicely spotted and a mini colosseum was my first thought too. Good focus and detail, nice form (or dimension) to it too and nicely placed in its environment
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    I can't remember what your initial entry was now, but this is quite a strong image in its own way. It has an interesting form to it, nice detail and good contrast for the eye to enjoy. I might have been tempted to go a bit more to the right of it, so as to add more dimension to it, rather than having the two seed-heads looking quite so flat.

    Really nicely done fella! They are almost like fireworks going off, with wonderful dimension to them and lovely strong contrast to treat the eye! Nicely positioned within the frame, counterbalancing each other like that. Good depth of focus here, with plenty of detail. I could see this blown up large and hanging on a wall.

    A nice, low point of view here of this interesting subject. It's a pity it was looking down so much as the face is obscured a little and in shots of creatures, I always feel that eye contact and detail is imperative. I would have played with opening up the blacks and shadows a bit more, to bring out a little more dimension to the head. This moth has very interesting wing shapes, something I haven't seen before.

    I know this well, an ex of mine from many moons ago used to eat it by the bucket load and I have to admit, it is rather tasty once you wrap your tastebuds around it! Technically a well achieved image, nice light, well positioned, good stitching from the focus stacking and nice focus throughout the frame as a result. It looks good levitating on the mirror like that, allowing us to peer underneath for yet more detail. I like using reflective surfaces for macro images and now have a collection of various large tiles with all manner of reflective finish to them to use as bases.

    And on to the hard part... The judging!

    3rd - @AlexH
    2nd - @MacRy
    1st - @mollyc

    So, without further ado, over to you Molly, for the next round! :)
     
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    Well done everyone and for the comprehensive feedback for all.
    You are correct that the lighting was very harsh in my shot, close to midday if I recall.
    But I liked the affect of blown highlights and the contrast with the blacks.
     
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    Well done mollyc! Great competition this week and as always from AofO, nice feedback.
     
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    Good work mate. Judging these is now a tough act to follow.
     

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