Can you tell what this is?
I was living in Hawaii and had become obsessed with photography. For so many years, I had visualized capturing the beauty that my eyes saw through the camera’s eye. I didn’t just go out and start shooting pictures, I hired the most coveted photographer in Honolulu to get me started. I envisioned her sharing all her creative proven experience with me and I would become this skilled photographer overnight. Funny!
Instead of sharing her secrets with me, she asked how I planned to catalog my images. When I said, “I don’t know”, she introduced me to Adobe Lightroom and said, “this is where you start”. It was like learning a foreign language. I paid her big bucks to tutor me on how to file my future images so I would be able to organize and find them.
As my tutoring funds were dwindling, I asked her what lenses I should buy (I still had some dough burning a hole in my pocket for the equipment). She wanted to know what I wanted to shoot and I told her I was fascinated with macro work – getting up close and seeing things we can’t see with the naked eye. She said, “then you must have the 100mm, 2.8, 1-1 fixed to do serious macro photography.
She let me borrow hers and my next two days were spent shooting beautiful Hawaiian flowers and setting up my own inside studio shooting everything I could find. I was in love! Being able to see the pollen on the legs of insects blew my mind. I was hooked and bought my first lens for my new starter camera, a Canon Rebel.
Have you guessed what this image is yet?
I took this with my Macro photography lens in my apartment in Hawaii. Setting up my makeshift studio by the window allowed me to use natural light.
I searched around for something of interest to shoot and found a garlic head
in my kitchen becoming my subject. I took many shots before I finally figured out the correct light settings.
I like the way this one turned out. It reminds me of tissue paper with hidden treasure below. Like the garlic, we (humans) have many layers to peel before we get to the core or our true essence.