Saturday, January 22, 2011

Mason Jar Macro

Gardening Gone Wild is hosting a photo contest this month called...

  Macro in a Mason Jar

The technique is quite simple.  You just place whatever you'd like to photograph in the bottom of a mason jar, lay your camera on the rim of the jar, engage the macro setting on your camera, take the picture, and, voila, macro in a mason jar.  If you'd like more detailed instructions on this photography technique, click here.

For my contest entry, I finally settled on placing a small stone in the jar.  I like to collect rocks, and this one caught my eye because it is full of tiny holes and has lots of detail.   This stone is also special to me because I picked it up on the shore of the Sea of Galilee when I went to Israel in July of 2008.


Next I placed the rock in the jar and placed it on my kitchen cooktop.  
The cooktop is black glass with tiny speckles in it, so I thought it would make a good backdrop.


Then I placed my camera on the rim of the jar.


Snapped the picture (er...several pictures)

And (drum roll, please) here is the end result.


The reflections of the stone in the side of the jar created an interesting scene.  I think it has an "outer space" kind of feel to it.   It kind of looks like a meteor floating in a galaxy far, far away, don't you think?  Okay...work with me here...you might have to use your imagination a little bit :-)

Here are a few other shots...




To see other contest entries, click here 

I am looking forward to experimenting with this technique when I have some blooms in my "outer spaces." 

Until next time...

Toni :-)

18 comments:

  1. Love it Toni! Especially the significance of the rock ;) This was such a fun technique to play with and it's been really cool to see each interpretation. Have you decided which one you'll enter? It will be a hard decision - they are all really good!

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  2. Hi Cat! Yes, this was a lot of fun :-) I got a seashell from Galilee and Mediterranean Sea, too. Should have put those in the jar, as well. Too late. I just entered the first picture. I debated over and over. I do not see your entry on the gallery page yet. Have you investigated?? Go to bed already! (tee hee)

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  3. Good luck, it does look like a space shot. I think you have the mood and feeling of the object fully covered.

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  4. Lovely photo. I like how the glass bends the reflected image around to caress the stone. The black background is perfect for this image.

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  5. I like this a lot Toni! I may try the contest. Unless it's too late! Maybe next time! Stay warm!

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  6. What an interesting and unique photo! I love the reflections of the rock on the glass. Great job!

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  7. Yes, this is very cool, Toni. I love the reflection it created;-)

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  8. Hi. Thanks for the comment on my entry - I really like yours too, it has a great, almost abstract feel about it: you admire the patterns and the light before working out quite what the individual objects are. Good luck!

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  9. That is a great shot! The stone is very interesting with lots of details.
    I tried so many different objects and flowers. My family was wondering what in the world I was doing... :)

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  10. Makes me think of the beach! Very nice...Good Luck.

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  11. The reflection of the rock makes the photos out of this world. Both the glass and the backdrop must have contributed to this strange effect.

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  12. This is an area of photography I want to explore. I love the way the rock reflects, very interesting!

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  13. That is such a stunning shot! It does indeed look unearthly. Good luck!

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  14. Something different from a flower shot, but still unique in its own way. Great photos!

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  15. What a great set of photographs! I love your porous rock! They all turned out really well. This seems to be a very fun technique which I think I would like to try. Best of luck!

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  16. Lovely photo with an interesting subject. Good luck in the contest. Carolyn

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  17. Toni, that's so COOL and CREEPY! You were really thinking outside the box! Good job!

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  18. Hi Toni! I've just been looking at the GGW entries and I think yours is one of the loveliest and simplest... I would have given you at least an honourable mention... ;) Well done! Jack Holloway

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