Sep 152010

ISO 80; f/8; 1/160; 5mm; 10:57am (Canon SX10 in Super Macro mode on tripod)

Remember Lola and her cactus plants?  I just barely caught the last two blossoms on this squirrelly cactus.  It looks like it might have had 20 different blossoms on it over its blooming period, at least judging by how many dead flowers that Lola picked of this plant before giving it to me.  Yup!  That’s right.  This one and about half dozen others are mine now.  Lola flew back to live near her family in Iowa.  I am going to miss her… but at least I have some of her favorite cactus.

I should also mention that I’m still trying to figure out the best way to take macro photos with the SX10  — it has a “Super Macro” mode in which you are supposed to the hold the camera almost right up against the subject matter but because the lens is fully retracted to 5mm, it takes a wide angle view. I really don’t mind the outcome, but its never what I expect.  My other camera seems to do the digital macro better.  (Karen, what’s your experience with super macro mode?)

  8 Responses to “ONLY FOR A DAY”

  1. What gorgeous color! This should be a nice remembrance of your friend.

  2. Great color, it is glowing. I can’t help either with your settings.

  3. Really nice super macro, Karen! I’ve had mixed results with the Super Macro mode, too. I usually run up against a shadow from the lens draped across the subject. With Macro Mode, you can do a limited amount of zooming for a different effect. Like you’ve experienced, sometimes my little Canon A1100 IS compact works better for really closeup macros.

    • Thanks, Karen. I was hoping you had a solution… but I guess there is comfort in knowing that I not being a dunce, just the limits of the camera. I really don’t mind some of the results… as they come out very unique, but it is rarely what I was expecting or aiming for.

  4. I have one cactus that blooms….it is truly fine. I want one like this one!

  5. I have never seen a cactus blossom like this. It is so pretty and nice this time of year. I have a Fujifilm camera that has a super macro setting that works very well. I have to tap on the shutter release to check focus, but it takes nice macro shots. Being steady is the hardest part for me.

  6. I can’t help you w/ your question, but I can tell you that is one beautiful bloom!

  7. Mevets showed the other end of Cactus plants today Judi, try amini tripod for your macro but watch where you lay in the desert for focusing, LOL. I answered you query on my “Walkabout” if you would like to go back and check that out!

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