Macro Monday | Week 19

A beautiful blossom at the San Francisco Botanical Garden!

On a side note–I realized while working on this post that I will be teaching my first official photo class in one day. Sorta made my heart fly up my throat a bit. I’ve been assisting for the last couple of months and now I’ll be going solo. Omg I’m nervous.


Macro Monday 19


      • Shoot as close to a window as you can! My kitchen is only good for a certain period of time during the day. It’s all garbage after that. Argh. Let me know if you ever have any questions and I’ll try to answer them for you. ๐Ÿ™‚

  1. Gorgeous and beautiful sound obsolete to compliment your pics, Patty! What should I say now? :).. Speechless! Can’t take my eyes off your Macro Momdya pics :). All the bets for that class you are gonna teach! I wish I could take a lesson :).

  2. Congratulations to you, I wish I could hop on a plane for your class! This particular flower is one that my pig farmer sells! Yes, he sells Mangalitsa pork and cool shrubs and flowers. Plus he’s hot (sorry but it’s true!)

  3. Gorgeous photo, Patty! As for the class…you’ve got the “teaching” part nailed down and you’re obviously a talented photographer…put the two together…easy peasy! There’s absolutely no doubt in my mind you’ll be a smashing success. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Hahah! There are a series of classes, Bonnie! Each class has two parts–a two-hour class one week, followed by another two-hour class the following week. That would make it hard for you to come up, no??

  4. I so wish I could be in your photo class too, Patty! But for now i’ll pretend to be in your class and ask you a question- we made a beautiful chocolate sheet cake but it was so difficult to get good pictures. We did manage a few but were struggling. We’ll be getting the cake to this week’s fiesta so you’ll know what we are saying but any tips on how to click a flat dark brown cake which reflects all the light in the world?

    • Ooh…first tell me what your setup looked like (where was the window/light source, etc.)! It sounds like you either needed to diffuse or block some of the light reflecting off the cake. I’ll get a better sense once I you post the photos!

      • We have this huge window where we do most of our photography. We shot in natural light and tried light from the back, from the front, tried using a black foam board to block the harsh light, used a white linen curtain to reduce the harshness of the light and nothing worked! we finally resorted to putting sprinkles on the cake and it worked. Maybe I can send you some pictures separately to better understand what we could do? When we were taking pictures, we were just thinking, Patty would know how to do this right. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • It went well, Sofia! I was so happy, but then I had a splitting headache when I got home (which was 10 at night!) because of all the built up pressure and anxiety. Hah!

  5. I’m sure your class went really well, or at least that’s what I’m hoping! You know, I’m still catching up on posts since co-hosting F&F! Anyway, what a strangely beautiful flower. Any idea what it is?

    • Yes, it did! I was so thankful, Johnny. Phew! You know, I should know what the name of the flower is because all the plants had signs in front of them. However, it was a very windy day and I got ridiculously irritated because it kept messing up my photos. Therefore, I gave up on a lot of the plants and stopped taking notes! Bah!

  6. Hi Patty, I know I am late to comment, but this one looks absolutely fantastic! I am a novice with photography and trying to learn the art. But I wish I could learn being in your class! Your Macro Mondays are absolutely Fantastic! ๐Ÿ™‚ Keep going. I am glad I found your blog!

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