Marja-Leena Rathje
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There is astounding beauty in the changing of the seasons. I would miss them if I lived in eternal summer.

Marja-Leena | 17/10/2011 | 20 comments
themes: Nature, Photoworks


me too!
and misty morning and dew-bedecked cobwebs and geese flying overhead and frosty leaves and snow, snow, snow...

This autumnal macro photography is stunning. I particularly like the top and bottom ones of the previous post, and best of all the bottom one in this post. The red is just so voluptuous! Wicked!

I agree - I need my 4 seasons! (here, we sometimes have 4 seasons in one day!) On Sunday we had snow, hail and rain and today (Tuesday) it is going to be 74 F! I love Spring!


Marja-Leena, you are on a roll Girl! (As they say in these parts!) Love the first one and I'm with Olga on the wicked goodness of that third one. The detail on the second one is communicative ... I feel like reaching in through the screen to follow the veins ...

I see autumn outside but you show it to me up close. Very beautiful.

Mouse, yes to all that, and snow in wintertime.

Olga, I'm so pleased that you like these so much.

Sally, I sometimes forget that Tasmania does have four seasons.

R, a huge thank you curtsy to you, my dear!

Susan, it's my pleasure and it makes me happy that you like these.

Yes, well, we will be coming to the Mainland soon to enjoy the fall. We do get seasons here, but they are very lightly marked compared to temperate climate change.
Lovely work, as usual!

Hattie, thanks. Then again, the seasons on the Pacific westcoast are not quite as dramatically different as further east and in the north. I have not forgotten Winnipeg winters!

Hi Marja-Leena, how are you? It's been a while! Thank you for your comment on my blog the other day. I'm slowly opening back up to blogging again and started daily writing in my journal again during my long lunch breaks at school.

It's nice seeing that you're still into your macro-photography. Have you tried photostacking? (taking multiple photos of the same subject, but each photo focuses at a different point in the focal plane...then combing all of them through software to get an image that is sharp in focus from the foreground to the background)

Autumn doesn't really arrive in Tokyo until the middle of November, so the autumn leaves tend to something I see in people's blogs!!!

Miguel! I'm so happy to hear you are writing again and back in the blogging world and visiting here. Thanks, I'm reasonably well, just suffering the aches and pains of getting older!

I remember your earlier comment when I started macro photography. I haven't tried or heard of photostacking, sounds interesting but a lot of work, I may try it sometime, thanks for the suggestion.

One reason I went to macro was that I love parts of the image to be out of focus, something that did not work as well with the regular lenses on our cameras. What I have is actually an extension tube which is not as good as a true macro lens but cost far less. I still have a lot to learn as I forget if I don't keep this up regularly. I confess that I'm lazy about getting the tripod out which means many shots are total failures.

I admire your sharp photos very much, Miguel, and aspire to that perfection when the image I'm after warrants it. I'll never be that perfect though, I suppose it's the artist in me looking for the happy accidents and surprises!

Beautiful images Marja-Leena! I do love the colors of the fall but the dark and grey November in Finland is hard.. Hope you`ll have nice and happy autumn days!

Leena, kiitos! Yes, I remember how very short the days start to get this time of year when we lived in northern British Columbia. Happy and creative fall days to you. Don't you find that you do more in the studio in the winter than in the summer?

Like the bottom one but the third strikes me as a way of seeing that is more otherworldly than the first two. Intriguing and strange.

Marly, we both like intriguing and strange! Not a perfect photo but I like its otherworldy feeling as well as the rich red.

Marja Leena, believe me the vast majority of my photos are total failures, too! And a lot of that sharpness comes from post-processing... a necessity with digital photography. Most photos are not sharp in-camera. The software in the camera will intentionally soften, or "blur" the images, usually too much. You have to put them through Photoshop or the like and do a little sharpening work in order to bring the photos back in focus. That is true of almost all digital images today. Unless you work in RAW files, which de facto require that you do post-processing work, but have all image data intact, which JPEG files straight out of the camera no longer do.

Miguel, I did not know that the software in digital cameras *intentionally* softens, or blurs the images! I do find I often need to do some kind of work in PhotoShop, depending on where I'm going to be using the image. If it's for the web with its small and compressed size, not always so much. If it is for print, especially if large then quite a bit more.

I wish I could afford the cameras that give more than 72 dpi resolution as well as more consistent RAW. Still, I have to thank digital cameras for getting me into more photography work than I ever have done with film cameras.

Oh, and I should add that I love my scanner! I have been scanning objects at high resolution. Some of these images have been wonderful to use in my large printworks, such as the recent Fragments pieces.

Marja-Leena, I'm sorry to be so far behind in commenting. These photographs are absolutely stunning, in color and in form! And I like the previous ones very much too. What a gift of sight the macro lens can be!

Beth, glad to have you back, busy girl! And glad you like my macros - I do enjoy taking them even as I find it challenging- the rewards of closer sight are worth it.

been following your work for a little over a year- very good-enjoy it much.

Hello Pamela, and thank you.