“Gardening Gone Wild” is having as their “Picture This Contest” this month a fun challenge entitled “Macro in a Mason Jar”. The contest will be judged by renowned photographer David Perry of “A Photographers Garden Blog”, whose photographs just fascinate
a gardener and photographer want-to-be like myself.
His photography makes me say , WOW!
The idea of macro shots in a mason jar sounded like a
fun idea to try and your imagination can run wild with
all the different possibilities.
I attempted to take a few pictures with flowers in mind.
Having nothing now in bloom and to even find a bloom
to try to capture in a jar was the first challenge.
The only thing I had around that was in bloom was a
my poor little violet and after playing around with it
for a little while it did not take long for even that bloom
to get bruised and wilted. So I think I will entitle my
attempts at the experiment as “How Not To Take A
Macro Picture in a Mason Jar”. LOL!
Well in all it was a very cold Sunday and I had nothing
pressing to do but play so…….
I tried to picture of violet blooms on a bed of green
glass marbles which looked pretty and it did not look
like it was even in a mason jar which may be one idea
of the experiment.
Then I tried to capture an old fashioned romantic
look by placing the jar on a crocheted doily. Not too
bad until you see the letters on the jar in the lower
right hand corner.
By the time I got the bloom onto a Madison Begonia
leaf it was starting to fade. Poor little thing.
So I got some fresh violet blooms and tried it
with a few glass marbles around it as a border.
This did not get it either.
The dried hydrangeas were too close and just
looked really dry and yucky. Not a pretty sight
What about taking a macro in a blue mason jar?
Different but nothing that makes one go ewwww.
Wilted violet blooms left behind a gardener
breaks all the rules and goes for artificial blooms.
Still nothing to make ones eyes pop out of their head.
I tried flower seeds, hard candy and different
mediums but I was not pleased with any of them.
All of my attempts were not good and sort of brought
back memories of the picture challenge with the
idea of flowers placed on ones scanner and scanning
a beautiful floral photograph.I failed miserably at that
one even with a garden full of flowers with which to
work with. I just lack the imagination, depth or artistic
inspiration to live up to these types of challenges so I
have no entries.
Now that ends my lesson on “How Not To Take A
Macro Photograph in a Mason Jar”. LOL!
So all kidding aside……
For those of you who have all sorts of artistic flair and
imagination this contest will be a cinch and you will
create some beautiful macros shots. Those that have
already been entered into the contest are beautiful
The deadline for entries is 11:59 PM Eastern time on Monday, January 24, 2011 at “Gardening Gone Wild”.
Until Next Time,