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...morning dew | life. right now. | a 365 project | thirty three

December 2, 2011

…morning dew. stop and smell the roses amy!

i am so behind on blogging! i’ve been busy being a mom and runing a two-part business. holidays. and homeschool? insanity!

macro is a not an easy thing for me. i adore looking at it but i personally have a hard time ‘seeing’ in through my own lens. my mil noted that there were dew drops all over one morning, making the grass look like it was kissed with snow and maybe i would want to get that on macro? see. something i didn’t ‘see’ that someone else had to point out. 😛

so i pulled on my blue polka dotted rubber rainboots over my jammy bottoms and grabbed a whatever jacket and my camera with my 60mm on it.

i got a few shots that i just loved. i’m not a flower girl. we have roses all over our property but if my mil didn’t maintain them…they would die. they are lovely to look at but i can never remember how to properly feed them, trim, how often and then water them? ha!

but these were so kissed with dew and so shiny as the sun was coming up that i had to stop and literally..smell the roses.

and photograph them of course.


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stamen and pollen | life. right now. | a 365 project | twenty eight

August 12, 2011

let me just say i find macro incredibly hard. it’s not something that comes ‘natural’ to me. you have to have an eye for these things.

and then settings. whew.

if lighting is not fabulous you need to a tripod. not want. but need.

you want to keep it as clean as possible so shoot with lowest high iso you possibly can.

shoot with the lowest high shutter speed you possibly can.

if you want to get close. i mean snort pollen, lick bee legs close…you need to switch to manual focus.

and…be patient.

i had the the most success using an aperture of f/10 and shutter speeds of 1/10….yes one tenth of a second. so a tripod was necessary.

i was not outside for this though. hand focus requires patient and practice. patience…and practice. say it over and over again and commit it to memory.

(good to make your mantra for any thing you learn in photography really)

the settings on these are all over the place. my iso was set to 2200 or so. way higher than i prefer and i did some clean up in lr.

and since my macro is a 60mm – i have to crop a lot to get even closer to my subject. i don’t mind. but if you are really into macro and you have full frame like i do-

you might want a longer lens. 😉

these are my humble attempts. i’m determined to do better and keep working on this. i’d love to fill my walls with some of my macro. :)


  • Beckie K · Posted August 12, 2011 at 2:47 pm · Link · Reply

    Wow!! These are gorgeous!!!

  • Michelle Kirnan · Posted August 12, 2011 at 3:48 pm · Link · Reply

    AMAZING! I need to find time to play with my macro – and use a tripod! I could fill my walls with these shots!!

  • Melissa Jordan · Posted August 12, 2011 at 3:53 pm · Link · Reply

    Were these taken inside? Because the light is lovely!

  • Amy Beth · Posted August 12, 2011 at 4:00 pm · Link · Reply

    Melissa yes it was indoors. My daughter picked me this flower and I thought….hmmm wonder what pollen looks like. 😀

  • Elena · Posted August 16, 2011 at 6:18 pm · Link · Reply

    These are great shots! Love ’em!

  • Deanna · Posted October 7, 2011 at 4:25 pm · Link · Reply

    Photography is and has been my dream for as long as I can remember! It really takes a bit of dough though! Slowly I am getting more lenses for my Canon T3…You must have to have a room to hold all your “jewels”

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july 13 | dog days of summer | wordless wednesday

July 13, 2011

d700 | 60mm | f3.5 | iso 400 | ss 1/320


dog days of summer

2011 summer | one image | no words | every wednesday


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  • Beth · Posted July 13, 2011 at 9:50 am · Link · Reply

    Your kids are so adorable!
    I have all your presets, and still can’t get my photos to look nearly as good as yours – you really know what you are doing!

  • Amy Beth · Posted July 13, 2011 at 9:55 am · Link · Reply

    Thanks Beth! I will be working on some more befores&afters using my presets soon. I got a little slammed this Summer so I haven’t gotten to start on it as soon as I would have liked. A lot of it is in camera though. My sooc version doesn’t look “too” off from this. 😀

  • dalia · Posted July 13, 2011 at 11:00 am · Link · Reply

    her eyes capture me!

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  • Michelle Nichelson Photography · Posted July 13, 2011 at 2:47 pm · Link · Reply

    I am IN LOVE with this image… Everything about it is amazing.

  • Michelle Kirnan · Posted July 13, 2011 at 5:28 pm · Link · Reply

    Love your kids…love your images. Stunning. As always!

  • Amy W · Posted July 16, 2011 at 8:46 am · Link · Reply

    I love this look. My three year old gives this look to me often these days! As usual, I am in love with your sooc image and processing..thank you so much for the tutorials you do, they are a huge help.

  • veronica starr · Posted July 19, 2011 at 10:08 pm · Link · Reply

    absolutely stunning Amy!!!

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barnacle | macrolicious | macro monday

July 11, 2011

we went on a little family vacay in gold beach oregon last week. we had so much fun! it was very windy on the beach but we did find some treasures!

we found this barnacle – see him in there? how cool is that? he was very alive but wouldn’t come out for the camera. 😀

60mm f/5 ss 1/800 iso 1100

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bugger off! | life. right now. | a 365 project | twenty five

June 24, 2011

i was sitting at my computer in my office last night. scratch. scratch. scratch. i kept editing. it kept making noise.

i looked up thinking the cat was in the window. no cat. i thought- a bat? not a bat. what was that thing hanging off the window sill on the outside? it was huge! legs were huge too!

excited i threw my blackberry down and grabbed my rubber boots (country folk here) and a flashlight and the biggest cup i could find. i was soooo scared. i am NOT a bug person. but i couldn’t not grab this sucker.

i’ve never seen a bug that big in real life! so me in shorts, a tank, my polka dotted rubber boots, flashlight and cup- i dashed outside.

i got to the window. it’s one of those popout windows where you put plants or cats like to sleep. it was hanging off the top. about 6 feet up. i put the cup under it and hoped it would fall in and not on me.

it finally did fall in. i screamed like a school girl at a just beiber concert. waving my arms around in case it flew out or something.

ahh nope still in the cup. whew. ran inside. waiting for daylight the next day and tried to get some pictures.

tried. it moves fast. it flies. and it bites.

so not my favorite combo. :)

ok done shivering? me either! this little guy is called a pine sawyer beetle.

creepy. creepy. creepy.

he was over 2 inches long and they can get to over 3 inches. that equals another inch of creepiness. 😛

still alive? i am barely. just taking the pictures caused some screaming from me and my crew just getting these. he sure does like to uhhh move!


  • JenC · Posted June 24, 2011 at 1:12 pm · Link · Reply

    Great photos…yet totally creepy at the same time. I can’t believe the detail, especially on the eyes!

  • Debbie M. · Posted June 24, 2011 at 1:15 pm · Link · Reply

    Yes one of the many creatures that our area has to offer us. I swear all the rain brought out new species of bugs that I have never seen before in my life. Yesterday I almost stepped on a snake lizard in my garage…now that was a ewwwww moment!!!!

  • hannah · Posted June 24, 2011 at 2:14 pm · Link · Reply

    SO creepy! I do however love your macro shots….you are amazing! :)

  • Laurie · Posted June 24, 2011 at 2:39 pm · Link · Reply

    Eeeewwww, love the detailed macro but eeeeewww! I would have had to use at least a 500mm just so I wouldn’t be so close. I hate bugs.

  • Michelle Kirnan · Posted June 24, 2011 at 3:51 pm · Link · Reply

    I just got my new macro lens today. :) You are such a HUGE inspiration for me!! The bug is creepy, but my goodness – you’re talented!

  • Ashlee · Posted June 28, 2011 at 3:27 pm · Link · Reply

    Great shots! My favorite is the 3rd one down. I’m still shivering – I can’t imagine how you got that close to it!!

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