Macro Moments: Week 34 – Bobbin Winder

This week, another close-up of part of the mechanism of our vintage Singer sewing machine. This is a detail of the bobbin winder. It looks to be in pretty good shape for something that’s exactly a hundred years old this year.

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Macro Moments Week 34

Macro Moments Week 33: Presser Foot

Maintaining the stitching theme after last week’s thimble, here is a close-up of part of the mechanism of the vintage Singer sewing machine that we acquired last year. I believe this bit is called the presser foot – including the integral thumb screw.

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Nikon D800 with Nikkor 105mm ƒ2.8 Macro lens. 1/125 at ƒ3.3 using built-in flash. ISO 1250. Cropped and edited in Lightroom.

More macro images to be found hosted by Sue Gutterman at Musin’ With Susan.

Macro Moments Week 33

Macro Moments Week 32: Thimble

Madame just loves elephants, and she loves sewing (quilting in particular) too. So when we saw this thimble decorated with a baby elephant, well it just had to join the collection.

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Nikon D800 with Nikkor 105mm ƒ2.8 lens at ƒ3.3. 1/125 with built-in flash. ISO 1000. Cropped and edited in Lightroom.

Macro Moments Week 32

Macro Moments Week 31 – Capucins

‘Baby animals’ is the theme for this week’s macro moments challenge hosted by Sue at Musin’ With Susan. Here, a baby Capucin monkey stays close to its mother at the Vallée des Singes wildlife park:

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Macro Moments Week 31

Macro Moments Week 30: Quizzical Owl

This week, Sue has set us a specific theme for Macro Moments – ‘Birds’. It’s pretty difficult to get a true macro shot of a bird, I should imagine, so here is a (very) tightly-cropped image of an owl which I took at a display of birds of prey last summer.

Fortunately, I was using my best lens, so I think it has managed to retain enough detail, despite the crop.

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Nikon D800 with Nikkor 70-200mm ƒ2.8 lens at 200mm. 1/500 at ƒ4, ISO 100. Cropped and edited in Lightroom.

Macro Moments EWeek 30: Birds

Macro Moments Week 29: Pawn

Mucking about with my macro lens on a wet afternoon earlier this week, I took this photograph of a pawn from the chess-set that sits on our sofa-table.

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Nikon D800 with Nikkor 105mm ƒ2.8 macro lens. 1/125 at ƒ3.2 with built-in flash, ISO 900. Cropped and edited in Lightroom.

Macro Moments Week 29

Macro Moments: Week 28 – Snails

Three baby snails carefully collected onto a single leaf by my grandsons:

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Nikon D800  with Nikkor 24-70mm ƒ2.8 lens at 70mm. 1/500 at ƒ8, ISO 400. Cropped and edited in Lightroom.

Macro Moments: Week 28

Macro Moments: Week 27 – Caterpillar

We spotted this exotic-looking caterpillar in our room at the hotel on the nature reserve of Sir Bani Yas Island in Abu Dhabi.

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Macro Moments Week 27

Macro Moments Week 26: Chardon Marie

We’ve all seen Milk Thistle extract in health shops – it’s supposed to be good for the liver – but it’s much less common to see the actual plant that it’s extracted from. As the name suggests, it’s a variety of thistle (the French name is Chardon Marie) that grows to quite a height. This one was a good seven feet tall.

I found this example, which had obviously just released its seeds, in a herb garden in the nearby village of Montrol-Sénard.

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Nikon D800 with Nikkor 24-70mm ƒ2.8 lens at 58mm. 1/000 at ƒ5.6 ISO 250. Cropped and edited in Lightroom.

Macro Moments Week 26

Macro Moments: Week 24 – A slice of fungus

It’s by no means unusual to see strange and rather sinister things growing on tree trunks. However, this fungus was unusual in that it looked as if somebody had cut a segment out of it, revealing the dark, almost liverish, interior – which was, if anything, even more unsettling.

This photograph was taken in the garden of George Sand’s house at Nohant, in central France.

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Nikon D800 with Nikkor 24-70mm ƒ2.8 lens at 70mm. 1/90 at ƒ5.6 ISO3200 (it was quite gloomy among the trees). Cropped and edited in Lightroom.

Macro Moments Week 24