Sunday, January 23, 2011

Macro In a Mason Jar

After seeing the great shots others have gotten using the Macro in a Mason Jar technique for Gardening Gone Wild's photo contest, I decided to try my hand.  It's a fun technique and I hope to try it again when the garden is full of flowers.  For now, I used flowers from the primrose that's been brightening our kitchen window.








Since my flowers are white, I used a vintage aqua mason jar for color and tried several fabrics under it. 


I thought dark blue might make the white flowers pop.  Although I like the look of the beads of water, the flowers look a little darker than I'd like.  Perhaps with better lighting....


A crocheted doily for texture seemed to detract from, rather than accent the flowers.


Simple linen was the clear winner for me.  The texture of the fabric both contrasts and echos the subtle lines in the flower petals.  The simplicity allows the flowers and the color of the mason jar to shine.

This technique is very simple.  Choose a jar, arrange your subject on the bottom, set your camera to macro, rest the camera on the rim of the jar and shoot!  Full instructions are given at Gardening Gone Wild.

Check out the other amazing contest entries here!

20 comments:

The Whimsical Gardener said...

Very pretty! Love the blue of the jar against the white of the petals. Best of luck to you Chris.

gardenwalkgardentalk.com said...

Good luck Chris. Your flowers turned out beautifully against the linen.

Chris said...

Cat: I see that you're using one of your macro photos for your profile picture - very pretty! Good luck to you, too - your contest photo is gorgeous!

Donna: Thanks, and good luck to you, too. I loved your orange feathers! There are so many creative entries!

Janet said...

One of the best entries I have seen! Good luck!

Toni - Signature Gardens said...

Oooh, very pretty :-) The crocheted doily backdrop makes the flowers look like they are floating on rippling water. Very cool. Best wishes on your entry! This was a lot of fun, wasn't it?

Island Threads said...

I agree with Janet one of the best entries I've seen, the very best of luck, Frances

p3chandan said...

You got the winning shot in the last photo! Best of luck!

Karin / Southern Meadows said...

Great photos Chris! I do like them all actually. Each one has a completely different feel. Well done and good luck!

Carolyn @ Carolyn's Shade Gardens said...

Your final product is absolutely spectacular. I love hearing about and seeing the process each contestant went through to obtain their final result.

Chris said...

Janet: Thank you for visiting and for your encouragement! I appreciate it.
Toni: I did have fun with this and hope to try it again. Your photo entry with your special stone is so very pretty as well!
Frances: You are very kind. I've looked at the other entries and they are all amazing!
p3chandan: Thanks for the vote of confidence. It is hard to choose and easy to second guess oneself.
Karin: I'm glad you like them - it's an easy technique to use and get good results. Thanks for visiting!
Carolyn: I've enjoyed reading other blogs to see their photos and process, as well. I appreciate your encouragement!

Jan@Thanks for today. said...

I do like the shot you chose...a lot! The lighting is just perfect!

Rose said...

Your final choice is lovely! I enjoyed reading about your different attempts--the lighting is perfect in this last shot. Now I can't wait to see the primroses outdoors--they're one of the first spring bloomers in my garden.

Darla said...

Very nice! Good Luck.

Ramona said...

Chris, I really like the photos of the linen tablecloth and blue jar. It looks fresh and spring-like. Since I love to photograph, I will need to try this technique sometime. Very pretty!

Chris said...

Jan: Thanks for the encouragement. Your photo is beautiful, too!
Rose: I appreciate your visit and thanks for your note! I agree, Primroses are a welcome spring sight!
Darla: Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving good wishes!
Ramona: You really should try it - it's so easy and gives such nice results!

joey said...

Great images ... looks like a fun project. Good luck.

Alistair said...

chris,I previously did not realise the importance of photos in the blogging world,I get it now, yours are marvellous. Off to check Gardening gone wild.

debsgarden said...

Beautiful shots; I love the results in your last photo; the colors are so pretty!

Chris said...

joey: Thanks! I definitely plan on trying it again.
Alistair: Oh, photos are my favorite part - that's probably obvious. What is a garden blog without photos?
Deb: Thanks for the encouragement. I appreciate it!

Orchid de dangau said...

Nice and beautiful! Good Luck!

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