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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #146: Focusing on the Details

As many of you know, I’m rather challenged when it comes to challenges. Since I retired, I no longer have a calendar on my wall. I’ve been using my cat Maxine’s pill dispenser to tell me what day it is. Such is the life of a procrastinator.

But after coming across a couple of Lens-Artists photography challenges, I’ve decided to turn up the heat on myself. Seems all I need to do is post within the proper week, note the proper references, and show off my photos. For this week, I’m responding to Patti Moed’s “Focus on the Details” photography challenge.

When I think of details, I think of macro photography. Currently I use an iPhone 8 Plus which has some macro capability but not a lot. Most of the following photos were cropped so you could best see the detail that caught my eye.

My husband is a macro photographer, focusing primarily on flies. He’s developed a keen eye and I can count on him to find interesting insects. He pointed out this long-legged fly (Dolichopodidae, dolis for short) for me to photograph. Green on green on green rather blend in together, and the fly itself is only the size of my littlest fingernail.

I lose some detail with cropping, but in the above photo you can still see clearly the green of the fly and its delicate wings.

This handsome insect is a lightening bug or firefly, depending on what part of the U.S. you reside in. He’s hanging out on the leaf of a Georgia Aster I have on my deck. Currently I have 15 potted plants on my deck. Not only do I enjoy watching them grow and bloom, I love inspecting them and seeing what new visitors we have.

On a visit to one of our favorite trails, we were entertained by two damselflies that followed us, dancing around our heads and landing on leaves as if ready for their photo op. Again, the photo above is seriously cropped so it’s a bit fuzzy, but you can see the beauty of this damselfly with its turquoise and dark blue colors, and what appears to be white spots on its wings. Frankly, I did not even notice these spots until I cropped the photo. The second damselfly, which managed to evade my camera, was black with white spots on its wings. Maybe they’re siblings.

Flowers were my first focus when I started photography, and I hardly miss an opportunity to get up close and personal with them. Above and below are photographs of irises, the above being a Walking iris (indeed!) and the below being a African Iris (Dietes vegeta), per my limited knowledge. (I’m hesitant to name plants if I can only rely on Google and not my field guides.) You can tell right away that they are both irises, but they have intriguing differences in their colors and markings. I’m fortunate that both of these irises reside in my neighborhood.

I hope you enjoyed this photo gallery. If you care to participate in the challenge, please include a link to Patti’s original post, and use the Lens-Artists Tag so others can find you in the Reader.

Ciao for now!

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Marie A Bailey

Writer, blogger, knitter, cat lover, and introvert.

31 replies

    1. Thank you, Merril! I was able to take several photos of the damselfly. Usually I start from a distance and then “snap” as I slowly approach, trying to not startle it into flight. I’ve been surprised by how many damselflies and dragonflies I’ve been able to photograph. I’m lucky to be around when they’re take a bit of a break πŸ™‚

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  1. Welcome, Marie! I’m delighted you joined us this week. Your macro shots of insects and the flowers are a great addition to our “collection” this week. Did you know you can buy attachment lenses for cell phone cameras? They really work well. Once again, welcome to LAPC!

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    1. Thank you, Patti! I’ve been looking at attachments, but I’m also thinking of upgrading my phone which would entail buying new attachments. Decisions … decisions πŸ˜‰

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  2. Loved your take on the theme Marie, and of course your self-assignment to join us more often! Laughed out loud at your cat pillbox reminder. Your insects are quite sharp – I too have an 8+ and am almost never happy with my results from it so KUDOS to you for your success! Obviously you’ve tamed your dragon/damselflies – ours don’t sit still for 2 seconds!!

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    1. Thank you, Tina! I do take a lot of photos of the same subject, crossing my fingers that one will turn out all right. It’s funny about the dragon and damselflies. They do fly around quite a bit but they often returned to the same spot to rest. The more flying they do, the longer they rest, the more likely I get a photo πŸ˜‰


    1. Thank you! I’m working on it πŸ™‚ Someday I hope to upgrade my phone and, by extension, the camera, but for now I’m pleased with the photos I’m getting.


  3. Just beautiful, Marie. And you’re following a good one. I love Patti’s photography. Thank you for the class, too. I think it’s expanding my thoughts a bit for Scrap, at least, I hope I still feel that way down the road ;).

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    1. Thank you, Luanne! I think I’m finally settling into the class. It’s expanding my ideas for my nonfiction writing too. With my poor memory, I need some real options other than the usual chronological narrative that we often see with memoirs.

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      1. And these ways of playing with structure also help with my problem of too many gaps because the narrative is stretched over too long a period of time.

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