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Friendly Friday flower button

It took me a while to discover the flower button on my point-and-shoot and experiment with what it could do. Now I have a new old Nikon D5000 and it likes to look at the world up close even more.

All today’s photos were taken with my first DSLR camera, which I’ve had not yet for a month: the first six images (and the last) earlier this month and all the rest yesterday especially for Amanda who is hosting Friendly Friday this week and wishes to see our macros and close ups.

So I took my camera along on a dog walk and pointed it at anything that caught my eye. Probably unsurprisingly, the results were best when the object in question was not moving, either in the wind or because it had four legs.

For now I only have one lens for my camera, 18-55 mm, but I can already imagine how lost one can get in the world of Marco. I mean macro. (Marco is my MOTH. As Amanda says, this means Man of the house.)

And now welcome to southern Tuscany in late September.

For Friendly Friday Photo Challenge hosted by Amanda at Something to Ponder About: Close ups and macros

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Published by Manja Maksimovič

A Slovenian in Italy for love. Blogger, photographer, translator and would-be writer who would be a writer if she wrote. Plus reluctant but emerging poet. Beware.

33 thoughts on “Friendly Friday flower button

  1. Congratulations on the new camera. It is working well judging by the quality if your shots. I didn’t know to guys have bottlebrush trees!
    Lantana on the other hand is poisoned her as it is toxic to cattle. A noxious weed!
    But the flower is still pretty.
    Thanks for joining in with the challenge Manja. Enjoy that flower button.

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    1. Oh no! Don’t tell mom, lantana is one of her favourites. 😮 One was gifted to her by amore’s father in Rome. Don’t tell me we have crossed the border with a poison! 😀 Thanks, Amanda, I’m sure I’m going to.


  2. Great that you have discovered the world of close-up photography! A warning, it can become addictive 😂 I love your morning glory and that green cone, such restful shades. But the pop of the oleanders is wonderful too, and those mauve daisies 😀

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  3. Wonderful photos, Manja! Love all the flower shots. Eye-popping colours. Painterly is right, I often think your images are. Interesting how that flower does resemble the virus! But it came before the virus so… The portrait of your friend is a great natural capture! 💛 ☀️

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      1. How lovely for you! The universe likes you doing photography. I am still currently sans camera as mine died. Fingers crossed I can sort one out soon🤞 Meanwhile, I’ll just keep enjoying yours and everyone else’s great shots 💛

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      2. Oh please, it’s no problem! I’ll sort it out. You are kind 💕 Half the reason I haven’t yet is because I don’t trust receiving delicate items like that in the post. I like to go and buy them nice and solid in the shop. Unfortunately, the main photography shop in my city closed during the pandemic. And I’ve been accosted with other things.

        I am also a great dropper of things. It’s why I’m not a cat burglar 😊

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  4. That little lens does a great job on close up photography doesn’t it! Your images are lovely. I loved the Morning Glory and that pinecone like one. It was interesting seeing the Lantana, Bottlebrush, and Gerberas there! They were common in Calif, but not here in NV.

    If you find the reds are too blown out…I find Nikon does that with reds and yellows from time to time you can tweak the color bias in your settings. Just keep playing and having fun with it! 😀

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    1. Oh! Blown out? You mean less vivid? I didn’t have that impression at all. I love the reds here and in my today’s autumn post. I don’t like to tweak colours much at all, but I’ll see how it goes and if the need occurs. Thank you, Deborah!

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      1. It should be in your white balance setting. There’s an arrow you click and that opens up the color grid where you can tweak the bias. I just made some adjustments to my Fuji camera’s color bias this morning and now am going for a walk to try it out. I tweaked the red and blues.

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  5. This collection is stunning, Manja. I am so delighted to see all the things you and your new camera are capturing together. That photo of the three of us (via sunglasses) is a great shot! I love it. And you are so right: be careful with the prickly pears. I had sore fingers for two days, ha ha. But it’s a good way to learn a lesson. 🙂 I probably took my prickly pear fruit from the same exact bush you photographed. We are still connected.

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    1. Ha! We are connected, no maybes about it. Thank you, Crystal, I’m glad I could prove worthy of this camera. That bush was really in the direction where you went on a walk. 🙂 I had much fun clicking on things from close range. Whole new worlds open, and you don’t even need to go far.

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