Monday, November 1, 2010

Fascinating grossness

I'm totally fascinated by this picture of the mold that was growing on one of our Jack-o-lanterns.

When you think of mold you generally think of green fuzzy stuff
and goodness knows there was plenty of that on this pumpkin,
but these little stems with the balls on the ends are so cool.
Really, I think it's kind of pretty in it's own very special way.
I took these pictures with the kit lens that came with my camera, 
just an 18-55mm lens.
It's not a macro lens, but it's the closest thing I have and I must say it's done a pretty good job,
but oooooohhhh, the shots I could get if I owned a macro lens.  
I might even decide to do a whole series on molds.
(I'm sure someone else has already done this to perfection, but it sounds like a fun idea.)

Then... when my family wonders why I haven't been cleaning out the refrigerator or tossing the old bread 
I can tell them that it's "for my art!"  :)

 With my luck, I'd probably come across some particularly deadly strain of mold and die with my camera clutched in my hands. 
But then you could say... she died doing something she enjoyed.

Hey... quick question to all you Macro Monday people.  

What macro lens do you use?


Grammie/Mom said...

You started my day with a laugh!! The white mold is interesting.

Teri said...

Lol! You crack me up! Great pics though! I agree they are fascinating and gross!

Secret Mom Thoughts said...

Awesome shots of the mold. I just ordered a macro lens this morning. 50mm. I can't wait to use it.

Brown Family Blog said...

wish this post had a "like" button. :O)

Ashley Sisk said...

I think it looks really cool and I'm impressed that you were only using your 18-55 mm lens.

Maaike said...

well done!
a great shot!

Anonymous said...

You really nailed the details of that mold and managed to make it look pretty!

namaki said...

The magic of macro world !!! it's like getting into another dimension !

Jess said...

Well, once upon a time I was a Microbiologist... so you know I adore these shots. The details leave me filled with wonder. I am always amazed at the "macro" shots you manage to take with that kit lens.

I use a lensbaby 2.0 with the super-wide angle accessory as my "macro". But I drool when I think of the Canon 100mm 2.8 L macro. Maybe someday!

Alita said...

Your art is intriguing... and JESS was an microbiologist?!? well gotta go comment on her blog now, too. I knew there was a reason why she knew so much about flight paths of butterflies and such... :)

I like your macro shots. I have macro lens envy, too. And if you do more "mold" pictures you can totally say it is for your "art."


Anonymous said...

You know I'm into fungi :)

hiswife518 said...

That is awesomely disgusting! I'm dying for a macro lens! I have some little baby features to get up close and personal with in a few weeks... I really hope I can cut it with my kit lens!!!

Leslie said...

that is disgusting, you are gross and totally hysterical all that the same time

Don't Bug Me! said...

Good excuse for not cleaning out the fridge!
I use a Nikon 105mm 2,8 macro lens. Expensive, but worth every penny - I love it!

Winn (aka Koreen) said...

Um... good idea... dying for your art. ;)

I'm impressed you got this close at all! I'd have been afraid I'd inhale some of those spores. (I watch too much House, I know.)

Great job!

Brooke G. said...

I love it - LOOOOOVE it :D
I don't have a Macro either. sniff... BUT, I may be investing in some extension tubes. My photography teacher calls them the poor man's macro lens. They just extend out your telephoto lens enabling you to get much closer to your subject. They run about $170 for three tubes. I guess it really makes a big difference.

Jen said...

ewwww and cool

wish I had a macro lens, one day!