I was actually walking around in a marsh near Carlsbad, CA in the early morning looking for something interesting to shoot with my Tamron macro when I stumbled upon this common fly. He was snoozing so was able to get right up close without scaring him away.
My Ant Flower
I was on Catalina Island, CA when I saw this flower along the street and some purple colored flowers a few feet behind it. The macro put the background into a nice bokeh (Japanese for "blur") to contrast with the yellow flower. The ant was there at my request to make the photo unique.
With about a 5 inch wing span, I saw this moth land on a leaf outside my window. He stayed for the whole night so I had plenty of time to practice with my new Tamron 90mm Macro. It gives a nice bokeh for this situation. FYI, the pink spot to the left of the moth was the tail light of a car stopping at the intersection and the shy little guy hiding behind the leaf never came out into view so I'm not certain just what kind of insect he was.
Orange moth on Purple Flower
Don't ask me what the technical names are. I was just enjoying my new Macro lens and didn't see anything at the beach (Redondo Beach, CA) that inspired me until I walked past this flower on the way back to my car one evening.
Yellow Flower Guardian
Everybody loves a yellow flower and this guy is guarding his with absolute resolution.
Yellow Flower Friend
It was a beautiful yellow flower but my subject was so small that I couldn't get the flower details into the scene after zooming in on this little guy. Believe me, this fruit fly is much smaller than that house fly in my other photo. I really didn't expect to be able to get this good of an image but this macro lens is just amazing and the fly was really patient which also helped a lot. Thank you fly.
I snapped this one, hand held, from about 3 feet away, in a shaded woods area with a shaft of sun breaking through right onto this flower. I was later informed that it's called a CLIVIA.
The Huntington Library and botanical gardens in San Marino, CA.
Joshua Tree National Park
The park campsites were filled up on this day but my two friends and I camped in the open right here just outside of the park. In this photo I put my camera on a tripod (with 90mm macro) and positioned it vertically while taking several photos from left to right. Later, I mended them together in photoshop.
Milky Way over Joshua Tree
Sorry, no actual Joshua Trees in this scene but this is a part of Joshua Tree National Park in Southern California. By the way, the Joshua tree is actually a cactus. It was named by some Mormon pioneers who just didn't know any better and the name stuck.
OK, sometimes I'm just bored and my food is the only thing around to photograph. I did have to stand up on the counter top to get far enough away to fit this image in the macro lens frame but it was worth it. I tried a close up with a Tamron wide angle lens but I liked how this one came out.
(The mystery meal is chili beans over rice with onions and pickled daikon on top. In the glass, an organic fruit drink.)
The only lighting came from a couple of small halogen lamps over the stove. I turned everything else off for atmosphere.
Just playing around with the macro lens again out on the patio in a very low light situation. The bright lens does a great job making my dinner look yummy.
What can I say? I just don't make the effort to cook myself a really good breakfast very often so I thought I should record the event. Makes me hungry every time I look at it.
Strawberry Something or other ...
OK, you pastry specialist will know what it is anyway. I took this inside a shop through a glass case. The lights in the room were off at the time. Only the lamps inside the case were illuminating the cakes so I didn't have a problem with reflections. I hadn't purchased a polarizer for the macro because it didn't seem that I would encounter the need so much with this lens. I was able to take this shot in relatively low light, hand held, and I might have bumped up the ISO a bit. Certainly, the white balance had to be tweaked a little afterwards.