Just another Macro Monday

I’ve remained sheltered in place during this COVID-19 invasion.  Been sheltering for the past two and a half weeks.  And it’s not fun.  You know those episodes of Lockup where they put the inmate in administrative segregation, where they’re only allowed one hour of outdoors recreation or human contact in a day?  Yeah, now I know what they’re dealing with.

So I’ve figured out my own way to deal with it.

When I can, I leave my apartment in the Town and Village, and I walk around the block.  It’s good exercise for my surgically repaired ankle … and it allows me to find some items that I can photograph in close-up macro.  I don’t care if it’s a leaf, a twig, a stick, a plant bud, or even an old whirlybird seed.  Just give me something to hold on to any part of my normalcy.

So here’s some of the pictures I captured in macro.  All of them were taken with my Nikon Df camera, using a 55mm Nikkor f/1.2 lens (sometimes the lens is reversed), attached to a Nikon PB-4 bellows unit.  Several photos are taken, then combined in a focus stack for sharpness.

I hope you like these and I hope you enjoy their beauty and wonder as much as I do.

I’ve already decided that a photo I took last week, The Pinecone, will be part of my Competition Season 2020 (of course, that assumes that we HAVE a Competition Season 2020), so if I can keep taking photos like this, my COVID-19 administrative segregation might be manageable.

The Pinecone. Nikon Df camera, Nikkor 55mm f/1.2 lens (reversed) on Nikon PB-4 bellows, several shots combined in focus stack. (c) Chuck Miller, all rights reserved.

These are simple things for me right now – keep motivated and keep active.  And though this, maybe we can all come out safe and well.