Sunday, February 10, 2013

Of Water and Zinnias




Yesterday my thoughts were to share a photo of this Robyn Gordon Grevillea with you, a gorgeous Australian flower from my garden, instead of another zinnia photo. I was using my Lumix superzoom and took off the clip on Raynox macro conversion lens with adaptor ring, holding them in my hand beside the grevillea when I dropped them - onto the pavers beside the pool.

 The Raynox quickly sank to the bottom of the pool and the metal adaptor ring bounced onto the grass. I thought all would be ok. On retrieving the Raynox it looked unscathed. After washing and drying it carefully I later went to clip it onto my camera - but it wouldn't attach.




On closer inspection I discovered that one of the little plastic lug pieces near the springs had broken off and was missing. Back to the pool I was relieved to be able to find and scoop it off the pool bottom. But would I be able to glue it back on satisfactorily for it takes a lot of pressure from the springs?

Super glue was carefully applied and I'm delighted to be able to report that it is now back in use!







This is why the Raynox was on my camera - I had just been admiring the colours of this gorgeuos little zinnia flower with it - so you ended up with another zinnia photo after all!




Today we had a pleasure of our pool being used by our church for some baptisms (our pastor and his wife shown here). It was a delight to watch - unlike watching my Raynox going under the water. Water can bring new life and also destruction.




A Raynox beauty from today - and yes, it's another zinnia photo (this one with my DSLR + Raynox and edited differently)......just because I love it!


Sharing at I Heart Macro (clickable pic), Mandarin Orange Monday, Macro Monday, Weekly Top Shot.

54 comments:

Birgitta said...

These are great and beautiful!

geanina said...

I like it!
Beautiful pictures!;)

joy said...

Awesome macro shots from your camera.
And Im so happy to see someone be baptized in water. I did once. Thanks God.

marijke said...

I am pleased your camera is working again. beautiful photo Karen. Have a wonderful day.

Sarah Jane said...

Gorgeous pics - I especially like the last one! And glad to hear your camera parts are alright :-)

Tricia Hays said...

nice fix! beautiful flower shots, but that last one is absolutely gorgeous!
how neat that they used your pool for baptizing! God bless them all =)

Dave said...

You were very fortunate to be able to repair your camera again. Well done that girl! Nice floral photos too - Dave

Cinzia said...

I like very much last photo!!!
Have a nice Sunday,
cinzia

Seeing Each Day said...

Glad all is well with your lens. Beautiful tones, strong colours and depth of field in your last shot.

Jeanne said...

All gorgeous. Was so glad to see that your lens adapter was ok. Thank goodness it was not your camera that sank there, as that would probably not be such a success story. Looks like the adapter ( and you) are doing just as well as always. Lovely to have your pool used for baptism. Best to you from Texas

Ignacio Santana said...

Preciosas fotografías...un gran trabajo de reparación y un gran día de aventuras!!!

Un abrazo...y gracias!!! ;)

eileeninmd said...

Your zinnia photos are gorgeous. So happy you were able to fix your lens parts. Have a happy day!

tinajo said...

Super glue is the best! ;-)

Beautiful pics as always!

Filip and Kristel said...

Excellent pictures, the last one is fantastic.

Greetings,
Filip

flowersandhome said...

So you don't really need a dslr to use a macro conversion lense is what I learned out of your macro-lens-falling-into-the-swimming-pool adventure. Good thing you got it fixed! Beautiful macro's Karen!!!! So you use your lense onto a dslr and also on your fixed lense camera. Is there a big difference in photo quality? I'll see if it would be possible to find a macro conversion lense for my camera.
Bye,
Marian

Giga said...

To wspaniale, że udało ci się naprawić część do aparatu i dalej możesz robić cudowne zdjęcia. Pozdrawiam.
It's great that you managed to fix part of the camera and then you can take wonderful pictures. Yours.

LynCC said...

Oh, no! Glad you were able to find that broken-off piece!

Doug Hickok said...

Awesome! You fixed it, and now you can resume these amazing close-ups which you are famous for (at least in my mind :^))

Beth said...

The flowers are beautiful
!

Isabelle said...

Glad to hear the Raynox is still working :) your last shot is really great and strong in colours. I am just starting to use mine but it's so cold right now (-19°C) I can't stay long laying in the snow before my fingers turn to ice!
Thanks for your help and advices :)

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Beautiful photos as always!!

Juliana said...

wow... cool. The last shot is wonderful!

xoxo, Juliana | PJ’ Happies :) | PJ’ Ecoproject

Tricia said...

oh my, your flower shots are so beautiful! Ugh...that's too bad about your lens. I'm glad you were able to get it back in working order :)

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Whew! Glad you were able to receive the broken piece and fix it. The Raynox does not work with a full frame sensor--an outer circle appears on all the photos. :( Loving your zinnia shots. I will be shooting the heck out of mine when they start to bloom. :)

Linda R said...

I do love looking at your shots with the Raynox attached. So pretty. Thanks goodness you were able to fix it.

Hugs~

Michelle said...

Glad that you were able to fix it!

Pieces of Sunshine said...

You are right Marian. I bought the macro lens to use with my fixed lens camera before I had even bought a DSLR. I do need to use a metal adaptor ring on my fixed lens so the zoom can still move in and out within the adaptor tube/ring. The adaptor ring/tube screws onto my camera's external barrel which has a screw thread inside the outer end (designed for use with a lens hood in bright sunshine). With my DSLR the Raynox clips directly onto the end of my two kit lenses and also my 50mm lens (but not a large zoom lens I have).

You could try and find out if it will work with your camera by doing a google search using "Raynox DCR-250" and your camera's name together in the search box.

There isn't much difference in image quality between the two cameras, I am very pleased with my Lumix superzoom. However the DSLR gives me more options, greater aperture control and is better in low light etc. I use the Raynox happily with either camera.

Karen

Laura said...

absolutely gorgeous images... sorry about your Raynox though.

Nikki said...

Hi Karen, I would be lost without my super glue. I'm so glad that you were able to make the repair. Your flower photos are stunning, especially the last one.

Jessica said...

Very Pretty!

lorik said...

Great composition! I like the way you placed it to one side with the petals radiating out. Nice editing too - the colour and texture is very rich and beautiful.
Thank you for sharing on Mandarin Orange Monday:)

maria said...

Beautiful photos. Have a fabulous week!

Liz (mlc)
Liz (yacb)

✿ chica said...

Lindas fotos! beijos,chica

Luna Miranda said...

beautiful photos...the last image is absolutely gorgeous! love your processing.

Erin said...

Oh wow is this some of your children being baptised!??
Congratulations and Blessings{}

Pieces of Sunshine said...

No Erin, none of our children this time. We have had baptisms here two or three times before.
Very special all the same.

Tammy@Simple Southern Happiness said...

Duct tape and super glue, where would we be without it. GOOD to know your lens in fairing up nicely, I am blown away by what you and that lens can do.

We rejoice in reading more have come to know the lord and your pool was used to honor the lord as he request we all be baptized.

Tamar SB said...

I just love Zinnias!

veredit - isabella kramer said...

Your last image is absolutely beautiful - it blow me away !!!

Kateri said...

Glad your lens survive the dip in the pool. Gorgeous zinna photos--they are one of my favorite flowers.

Rosemary said...

Isn't it handy being able to fix things yourself? An important life skill for sure :) Love the effect on the last photo.

TheChieftess said...

Well...darn! Don't you hate when the Raynox falls in the pool and loses a spring!!! Love that last photo...very unique!

Marion said...

Love the flowers and your pictures! I am happy to hear your camera and rings are okay.
Best regards, Marion

amanda said...

These are stunning macro shots!
Thank you for visiting my blog as well, and I look forward to seeing more of your beautiful world.

pattisjarrett said...

Your flowers are so pretty, and your photography is fantastic. Glad you were able to repair your lens. Love that your pool is used for baptism, too. How exciting!

Emily Santos said...

Wow what a great garden ... I love photos of the environment, especially these macro-type shots. Really lets you see the detail you might miss on a close glance. I've been meaning to ask my Mom to do a blog post on her garden, as well.

Emily
A Day in Durham

Gunilla Bäck said...

Gorgeous all of them! I love the shape and the colour of the first flower.

Elise Lea said...

Beautiful Pictures! You really have an eye for capturing the beauty in the world.

Marie said...

At first I thought you'd dropped the camera into the water! How wonderful you were able to salvage things, fix them up and get back in business! That last photo, especially is just wonderful!

Marie said...

I forgot to mention, my Mom was baptized in a swimming pool also. We believe in immersion, but our church generally has a baptismal. Still, I think a pond would the perfect place...that's the venue for my sister and brother's baptisms, in a pond. That was neat! The church my husband and I go to now has a hot tub they use for their baptisms. :-)

HansHB said...

Very good macros of this beautiful flower!

Madge Bloom said...

WOW, those colors in the zinnia are amazing.... I'm so glad you came by to share on Weekly Top Shot #70!

Tanya Breese said...

beautiful flower shots and what a blessing that your pool was used for a baptism!

ClickNCamera said...

Beautiful shots!

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