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matthew
02-24-2008, 07:11 PM
The secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life, and in elevating them to art.
- William Morris

Details can be large or small, and as photographers we're uniquely suited to record them. With macro lenses or telephotos, we can get close and find what matters in a scene. With wide-angle lenses our ability to expand perspective lets us exaggerate the importance of different elements in the frame. Many techniques can lead to the same result: capturing the one detail in a scene that can reveal the whole.

For this assignment, focus on the details that are important and share your results.

snaarman
02-27-2008, 07:47 AM
Town in miniature spotted today:

Newbury Town Square, Newbury Corn Exchange (1861) and Newbury Coat of Arms :smile:

Pete

Henk Peter
02-28-2008, 05:22 AM
Nice shot Pete!

Lots of details on old barns here, I'll post more later.

http://mordisco.smugmug.com/photos/259779048_GA6V9-L.jpg

matthew
02-28-2008, 06:30 AM
snaarman, very nice use of selective focus to bring out the detail of the scene without losing the story.

Henk, I'm looking forward to seeing more.

There was a major fire near me recently, and I've visited the aftermath a couple of times. Here's an overview, a panorama stitched from 3 7mm photos:

http://matthewpiers.smugmug.com/photos/259209616_HM9Tq-L.jpg

It's a big place, and the damage continues past the right side of the photo. So far I've been really unhappy with my photos, because none of them have succeeded in capturing the feel of the place. Here are some of my efforts to distill the scene down to the details:

http://matthewpiers.smugmug.com/photos/258789164_QVCJg-L.jpg

http://matthewpiers.smugmug.com/photos/258422988_LCw6R-L.jpg

http://matthewpiers.smugmug.com/photos/258423057_VfGTb-L.jpg

windsprite
02-28-2008, 07:05 AM
Interesting interpretations of your details, everyone.

I just happened to snap these shots today when I was sitting bored in my in-laws' souvenir shop. 

An Ainu tabacco box, carved by my brother-in-law (to the left is a ceremonial prayer stick):

http://img156.imageshack.us/img156/193/p2287341700ab5.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

The huge antique glass bead necklace in the foreground (also an Ainu item) -- very heavy! Not visible here is its round metal pendant, which is 4-5 inches in diameter:

http://img301.imageshack.us/img301/1634/p2287345700rz3.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

BDTROUT
02-28-2008, 01:39 PM
Some very detailed work going on here.
BDT
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y57/BDT/P2222664em.jpg

wigpro
02-28-2008, 04:04 PM
Here is one from a series of shots I made the other day while visiting Sunken Gardens in St Petersburg Florida.

Detail of a beautiful Florida Flamingo...

Garry Frankel
02-29-2008, 09:00 PM
I was at the tropical house at our Zoo. -25C outside and +25C on the inside !!!

Shot this through the glass, 100mm f2 ISO1250 and 1/25 sec hand held. I was amazed at the detail in this shot when I got back home, even through the glass.

http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q118/garryfrankel/10KFatZooFeb08/10KFZooFeb08-1005.jpg

Luke
03-01-2008, 07:15 AM
It is important to know the expiry date and drink it (long) before that ;).

Luc

http://www.elfot.net/assignments/bottles02.jpg

gregmacg
03-01-2008, 05:59 PM
Here' s couple wintry shots I took last week.

8033

8034

8035

8036

Tertulia
03-02-2008, 06:43 AM
Detail. Contrast. Swan in a park in Bucharest, Romania. December 2007.

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Cristian Samoila
www.tertulia.ro/blog
E-500, ZD 14-54, ZD 40-150, ZD 70-300, ZD 35, ZD 14-45, FL36

er1kksen
03-02-2008, 06:58 AM
By holding my 14-45 reversed against my E-330, I was able to make an exploration of the details of a tiger beetle in my collection. From normal viewing the beetle looks like a shiny but somewhat dull copper color, but getting in close reveals this:
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3263/2302461169_3621d5d8a3_b.jpg

Henk Peter
03-04-2008, 11:12 AM
Two more:

http://mordisco.smugmug.com/photos/260212814_HbrVs-M.jpg


http://mordisco.smugmug.com/photos/260212864_mifPq-M.jpg

Old Jim
03-05-2008, 05:57 AM
When it finally rains in the California Deserts things do grow. Unfortunately the majority of the growth is so small that most people either don't see it or just ignore it. Think grains of sand when you view this plant.


http://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l12/OldJimsPhotos/3%20Macro/P2161294A.jpg


Thanks for looking.

heavy wind lover
03-06-2008, 07:24 AM
I study classical guitar and when you look a guitar rosettes (trim around the sound hole) they are all different but most are made of a variety of very small pieces of wood to build the unique pattern the luthier desires or is their trademark,,

I have two German Vazquez Rubio concert guitars and have included one of the rosettes in this months detail,,

Derry

Hokuto
03-06-2008, 08:00 AM
Life is a mandala, incessant thumping, pounding, and drip.

http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c197/Peregrinor/P2113037SPw2.jpg

photo_owl
03-08-2008, 02:49 PM
here's one from today........ the humble daff!

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2364/2319676680_465837031a_o.jpg

Johannes
03-09-2008, 06:03 AM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3236/2316008907_3b88563874_t.jpg (http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3236/2316008907_3b88563874_b.jpg)

BL3
03-10-2008, 06:43 AM
Monitoring Well Cap.

http://bl3.smugmug.com/photos/258376895_3XHWE-L.jpg

Rocky

NSX-Nate
03-11-2008, 03:44 PM
An old fence post I found while walking today.

http://natehahn.smugmug.com/photos/264712157_7Y7j7-M.jpg

snaarman
03-15-2008, 09:05 AM
While pushing the envelope today I spotted this truly excellent item of door-furniture :-)

The Victorian brick built houses look to be around 1900, so maybe...

Pete

Jim Flinchbaugh
03-19-2008, 09:45 PM
The insides your hard drive

Jim

OlyNik
03-19-2008, 09:47 PM
Out viewing a helicopter pulling 3/8" diameter cable into pulleys for the next pull of 9/16" wire to pull the final 230KV conductor cable. Extreme control to drop the wire into each pulley along the way. Each wire pull was 15,000 ft.

nomix
03-20-2008, 06:09 PM
My contributions. :)

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2390/2348006223_cc02d795de_o.jpg


http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2191/2348006301_66290c1e06_o.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3176/2348006395_16b9be6c30_o.jpg

ThePhilosopher
03-21-2008, 09:58 AM
http://www.philosphoto.com/Macro/Pollen.jpg
http://www.philosphoto.com/Macro/Waterdroplet.jpg

Arbib
03-23-2008, 09:55 AM
Here are a few..Since this is not a "Contest",

JohnM
03-29-2008, 07:31 AM
I'm very new to this having just aquired a 14-54 f2.8 lens. I tested it on my garden fence and this is the first shot taken with it;
Camera E-400

refiningman
03-29-2008, 10:27 AM
This was one of my first shots with E-510


8492


Peter

blindmnkee3
03-31-2008, 04:51 PM
Here's a few, spring is trying...

ManeImpressions
04-11-2008, 07:18 AM
Probably a little late for this submission, but here it goes anyway.
This is my horse....love getting close ups of him...thought this was a good detail shot.
Thanks