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Magnifying Glasses

Posted by
john4jack (Corvallis, Oregon, United States) on 29 December 2011 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

It's time to take a look at our lives during this past year.

The Digital Photography School just posted an end of the year round up.  One of the photographer's showcased was Martin Stranka, a young Czech photographer who took up photography in 2007.  People argue about whether his work is really photography.  Personally I don't care about labels.  In this era when we are flooded with gorgeous "straight" photographs, Stranka gives me support and courage in exploring and expanding the boundaries of my own photography. The issue as always is not his work; it is my work.


Canon PowerShot G11 1/80 second F/3.5 ISO 200 7 mm

DULCIE from Danville, CA, United States

A beautiful and magical world seen through these magnifiers. Lovely imaginative work.
(And I will check out Martin Stranka. Thanks.)

29 Dec 2011 6:07am

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Un bijou cette iamge superbe captage et compoa vec le fines gouttes d'eau quelle amcro.
Bravo et amitié

29 Dec 2011 6:09am

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Impressive, we would say drops taken through a magnifying glass

29 Dec 2011 6:13am

Hilde Morin from Portland, Oregon, United States

Wow, nice mega drops!

29 Dec 2011 6:42am

Jean-Luc T. from Juignac, France

Ces gouttes comme autant de loupes... Bien vu Jack

29 Dec 2011 7:19am

STEED from D, France

Great work !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

29 Dec 2011 8:48am

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

Well seen and shot

29 Dec 2011 10:35am

Frida from Sweden

Like gemstones!

29 Dec 2011 11:11am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Like pearls ! Really beautiful.

29 Dec 2011 11:15am

Mary from PA, United States

Lovely Jack. I agree with you on your thoughts of photography. How can it ever truly be "our own work" if it looks like everyone else's.

29 Dec 2011 12:08pm

franz from Baden, Austria

brilliant ... like the thorny tongue of a giant lizard!
(thanks for the link - i've known this photographer for some time and i really like what he does!)

29 Dec 2011 12:13pm

Manuel Hompanera from La Robla, Spain

Realmente encantadora.

29 Dec 2011 2:11pm

Harry from Apex, United States

Very attractive. I love the detail and the effort you obviously expended to fill the frame with the main leaf without cropping any of it.

29 Dec 2011 2:48pm

Don from Spokane, United States

A beautiful close up with lots of appeal. Thanks for the link. I liked his work very much.

29 Dec 2011 3:58pm

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

It's a wonderful image friend. you're right ... we must begin to analyze past events ... God help us! A hug friend! Muchos besos, Adela

29 Dec 2011 4:30pm

PATRICK from miramas, France


29 Dec 2011 5:51pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

Magic infuses the image. I love the design pattern on this leaf, too.

29 Dec 2011 5:55pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice

29 Dec 2011 7:17pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Lot of magnifying glasses there Jack :-)

29 Dec 2011 8:24pm

@Curly: I was surprised when I saw the results. Not too bad for a point and shoot.

Melocoton from Salamanca, Spain

fantastic john fantastic

29 Dec 2011 8:34pm

Vert Pomme from Montreuil Sous Bois, France

Très joli effet.

29 Dec 2011 8:37pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Well-spotted and captured, with a great title to go along with it!

29 Dec 2011 8:43pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

This is awesome, Jack.

29 Dec 2011 9:04pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Beautiful! The water droplets are fantastic! Great close-up!

29 Dec 2011 9:22pm

Soheil from Tehran, Iran

nice shot
well done

29 Dec 2011 9:45pm

Macrobaby from St. Catharines, Canada

Beautiful detail.

29 Dec 2011 10:41pm

Reinald Van De Walle from Spain

Very nice picture. You have there a drop that catches my attention, which is in equilibrium.

30 Dec 2011 1:16am

Jim from Fort Worth, United States

As always it's more about one's vision rather than one's equipment. The G11 may be a point and shoot technically but it produces fine images. Your vision for this shot was excellent.

30 Dec 2011 2:18am

@Jim: Thank you.

Phil David Morris 2011 from Saskatoon, New York, Canada

Beautiful photography Jack, the leaf is quite unique with the droplets changing the texture so
nicely. Thank you for introducing the young artist Martin Stranka, whose work is a breath of
fresh air, and takes me back to the 1920's and 1930's to artists who dared to be different and
whose work sometimes was destroyed by mistake and otherwise by being unseen for so long.
He definitely has a fresh mind, and the genius is his camera and photoshop which he uses so
well. Wish I was his age again, when we were young we had to work hard to find someone to
print our colour decently and do our own black and white which took longer than the photos.

30 Dec 2011 12:41pm

@Phil David Morris 2011: When I saw his work, the first person I thought of was you. Not only do you press the envelope; you do it very artistically.

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States


1 Jan 2012 3:16am

StarCosmosBleu from Bedford.Qc, Canada

Very nice close-up...details come out nicely

8 Jan 2012 9:38am