Monday, 19 March 2018

Baby Spider With +10 Close Up Lens

Baby Spider taken with a +10 close up lens.   Its fun taking close up pictures of insects in my lil space. Can't afford an expensive macro lens so this will do for the time being until I get one from Santa Claus :)   

I fixed the +10 close up lens to my Nikon 18-55mm kit lens and I am quite happy with the result. Photo taken handheld.

I have a  long way to go but I will never give up.  One day I will reach my goal.  Taking one step at a time to make the invisible become visible.

Friday, 23 February 2018

The Predator And Its Prey

There are a lot of garden spiders in my lil space. I recently bought a Costus plant for my lil space. One evening, I saw this spider (predator) waiting to catch the ants  ( prey ) that were running along the length of the flower.  I could not this this scene slips, so I took out my camera and started shooting away. Quite fascinating to watch through the lens.  Poor by one they were eaten by this predator.  Maybe its God's way of providing the spider its food :p  It is an interesting subject for my photography quest.  I love my lil space and I see God's wonderful creation through the lens. 

looks like a golden spider

poor ants as you can see they really have little chance
to escape from by one eaten up by the
 predator waiting to strike
 the ants can hardly escape its predator

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Photography -Random Close Up Shots Of Red Mini Hibiscus (Sleeping Hibiscus)

It has been almost 2 and half years since I took up photography and I would say that I truly enjoy this journey together with the hubby.  Though I may not have reached a stage that my photos are above average, I know I have FUN solving the challenges presented to me behind the lens of a camera. For those who are not really into photography, just consider the joy when you solve a crossword puzzle.  Unlike a crossword puzzle, photography is an evolving challenge. There is a myriad of subjects which can range from static to moving or even a sports event.  

I am sharing here some random shots which I took recently while rummaging through my lil space for suitable subject when I saw the beautiful Red Mini Hibiscus aka known as Sleeping Hibiscus are in full bloom. These are the shots I took and I am happy with them even if they dont look that great. I always tell myself I will reach there one day :)   Photos are taken with different settings to get different effect .  All shots are taken hand held. 


Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Nature : Lacy Architecture Of A Leaf

The lacy architecture of a leaf  seen through a close up lens. The thick, tough veins of a leaf give the leaf its shape and remain after the rest has decomposed and the toughest part are reinforced with a material called cellulose.

Photo Credit : Elin Chia

Friday, 1 December 2017

Asian Honey Bee - Close Up Photography

It has been a while since I last posted here.  Been busy of late , but since my bittergourd flowers are a plenty this season and the bees are coming back to help pollinate the female flowers , I took the opportunity to take out my camera and started shooting away. Not many of the shots turned out good but I managed to get a few I am happy with. These Asian bees are busy fluttering away so I had to set the shutter speed to bigger number.  I find taking moving objects a challenge especially bees and birds. They cant stay still for long :)  Anyway, I am happy with my progress .  Close Up Photography gives me happiness ....I will never give up on close up photography. I hope to master the art of close up photography comes 2018.  All the close up photos  are taken hand held. 

Monday, 11 September 2017

Bokeh Photography

"Bokeh is an optical effect in which the background of a photo is blurred. The blur is produced by taking photos with a shallow depth of field. Bokeh occurs in the areas of the photo that are out-of-focus. As a result, the background looks softer and the subject sharper and more vivid. If there are highlights in the background, they will take on the shape of the lens’s aperture. Most often these “specular highlights” are circles, sometimes hexagonals." - taken from

When I started my photography journey two years ago , Bokeh was one of the topic I learnt.  I knew I would love to learn more and improved on it.  I know I still have lots to learn and I also know that photography is my second love after cooking and baking :)  This photo was taken handheld with my Nikon D7000 with Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC lens of my mini hibiscus with the Bokeh effect in the background. I am happy with this shot though it may not be a winning one :)  This just shows that with perseverance I can do it !


Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Murraya koenigii ( Curry Tree ) And Its White Flowers

When I discovered that my curry tree is flowering for the first time, I could not help but to take a picture of it.  With my Nikon and close up lens attached in hand, I started clicking away and have forgotten that it is hard to take a sharp picture especially when the wind is strong and the sky is dark and the bunch of flowers were dancing to the wind BUT to me it is a CHALLENGE . Though the picture is not a perfect one, I am pleased with it.  Shutter speed setting is important and Aperture and ISO all must be taken into consideration to capture a great shot.  I will not give day I will be good :p  My husband , my 2 sons and my 2 daughters are my encouragement . Even if the picture is far from good, they are still supportive :)  I thank God for giving me a supportive family.  It means the world to me .

My curry tree  also known as Murraya koenigii has its first flowers.   These white flowers can self pollinate to produce small shiny black berries containing a single large viable seed.  Though the berry pulp is edible - with a sweet but medicinal flavor, in general neither the pulp or the seed is used in culinary purposes.   Its leaves are used in many dishes in India, Sri Langka and neighbouring countries.  Often used in curries and other dishes.  The leaves are generally called curry leaves or sweet neem leaves as in the Indian language.  Seeds must be ripe and fresh to plant; dried or shriveled fruits are not viable. One can plant the whole fruit, but it is best to remove the pulp before planting in potting mix that is kept moist but not wet. Stem cuttings can be also used for propagation. 

  taken with Sigma 30mm 1:1.4 DC Lens 
with close up lens attached
Condition :Dark Cloud, Strong Wind 
Setting :ISO400, 1/400 sec
f 3.2 - natural lighting
 Maybe I should increase the shutter speed to 1/800
since the wind is strong and the object is
dancing vigorously :p