Focus on Life: Week 14 - Up Close

*I'm in Sedona this Friday/Saturday with out internet service, so please forgive me for posting late over at the Studio Sublime this weekend.  I'll be hopping to everyone's blogs that I can on Sunday/Monday!!*

Sally's prompt for Week 14 of
Up Close
"Macro Shots - How Close Can You Get?"
I LOVE me some Macro!
Taken w/my Canon. I had to hold the flower still because it was windy!
I cannot seem to get as close with my new
Canon Powershot XS 160 that I just got as I can
with my Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH5 camera.

I've had 3 Lumix and I love them!
The one I use most has 'macro zoom'.
(translation: super-duper macro!)

This one was taken w/my Lumix. Click to enlarge any of the pics.

The Canon's got a feature that lets you'zoom' while doing video. I know, so does an actual video camera, but a still shot camera seemed more up my alley so I decided to try it. 

I'll let you know what I think after I use it a bit. 
So far I'm rather pleased with the still shots.

 Of course, if I'd ever save up the $$ for a 'big daddy camera' (the kind where the lens costs more than the camera itself), I'm sure my pics could be even better.  And closer!

Spring has Sprung! Captured with the Canon.

But until then, here's some "Macro Love" for you!

Comparing the different photos,...what do you think?

Off Center because of the wind - but still rather close w/the Lumix.

Jump on over to The Studio Sublime and see what the other participants have captured Up Close today!
Until Next Time,
Peace, Love and Getting Up Close!


  1. Wow, what gorgeous photos. So much amazing color and texture!!!!!

  2. Shel your macro pics show each awesome detail. Spectacular!

  3. Beautiful shots of the buds and bugs

  4. Love the yellow bug (of course, its that gorgeous color!) and the last one...what flower is it?

    And I think you will create a storm in the photography world if you ever get that big ass camera!

    1. LOL! That last one, Kasha, is the inside of one of our roses that the hubs picked off the rose bush just before it completely wilted and died,...they're wild inside, aren't they?!

  5. I can't choose! Love them all. Thanks for sharing!

    1. I can't decide which camera I like best yet either!

  6. Those are great photos. I love the lady bug. The kiddo loves lady bugs and they always make me think of her. :)

  7. Fantastic shots - all of them. I am in the market for a new camera as I have an older Canon Powershot. Really like the Lumix Picts you took though. Let us know your decision. I love macro shots of flowers!

    1. Katherine, I'm still not sure which camera I like best either. The canon really focuses in on the subject and I get great blurred effects in the background, but with the lumix is so much closer/clearer and I can get more up-close details.

  8. The lady bug is fantastic looking! Very excellent shot indeed!

  9. Beautiful, awesome shots Shel!! No one would know you didn't use a 'big daddy camera'!

  10. Oh, wow - that's some pictures! I love all of them: the details on each flower or that beautiful ladybug are stunning. Can't pick one :)

  11. Great close-ups! I have a Canon Power Shot as well and wondered if a Lumix would be better for macro it's great to read about your impressions!

  12. I go back and forth with my Canon and Lumix too...wonderful photos...the one with the delicate stamens looks like a sea!


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