Melbourne Streets 6

I was so happy to find so many chances for macro shots on our walk through the very urban streets of Fitzroy and Carlton. In fact, I used my macro lens exclusively for the last two hours of the walk.

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I found this plant outside of the diner where we finished our walk. It was (happily) waving in front of a white wall, so I was able to get my white background. Does anyone know what plant this is? The leaves look very much like mint leaves but…. 

 And this gorgeous little plant was found on our way. This one was a little tricky to shoot as it was at about hip height and had no shelter so it was waving about in the breeze quite a lot.

IGers Melbourne InstaMeet March 2016.

x desleyjane

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33 Comments Add yours

  1. Fantastic shots, DJ. I love the one with the white background. I don’t think it’s mint because of the flowers. But don’t believe me as I don’t know much about plants.
    You seem to have found a nice group of photographers in Melbs. Awesome.
    Xx

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    1. desleyjane says:

      I love that one too. You know me and my white backgrounds! Yes they’re a cool bunch. I’m still finding my feet within the group but we’ve only met up twice. X

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      1. Oh yes, you’re the master of white background. Durk was asking me another day how you do that. I have to give him the link to the image reboot post.
        You’re the best! Xx

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        1. desleyjane says:

          LOL yes the reboot tells the story. Thank you x.

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  2. Dina says:

    Beautiful macros. I’d love to be in a group of photographers as well.
    Have a lovely Sunday! πŸ™‚

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thank you – can you find a local Instagram or Facebook group? Best wishes for the week ahead!

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  3. Jeremy says:

    I prefer the second and third actually πŸ™‚

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thanks Jeremy!

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  4. loisajay says:

    It is mint! They get pretty purple flowers but I always pinch those off so I can get more mint and less flower. Against the white wall, they look beautiful, Desley. And the geramiums…my mom always grew those when I was growing up in New Jersey. She would dig them up in the fall and pot them for storage in our basement over our cold Jersey winters. Great memory for me. Thanks so much!

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Excellent, thank you, mint!! Oh that’s so nice that it conjured up good memories for you. I’m always interested in what people get out photos. Thank you Lois.

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  5. The white background allows the eye to focus on the most minute details so you have to be confident in using them.
    Great job with these.

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thanks so much. That’s very true. If you then over expose and blur the lines between background and subject, you can get a dreamy, ethereal image. Depending on the subject of course!

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      1. Photography is a beautiful way to express yourself!

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  6. Heyjude says:

    Love the first image but I also don’t think it is mint, the flowers are very different to my mint! Hard to tell as I can’t work out the size of the flowers or how big the plant is.

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Ah the joys of macro. The leaves are usual mint leaf size and the flowers were just about 1-2 cm.

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      1. Heyjude says:

        Let us hope that Pauline pops in!

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  7. pommepal says:

    Here I am Jude but I don’t think it is mint. You could squeeze the leaves next time you go by DJ. Maybe the salvia family, but that is just a guess… Nice photo though against the white background

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thanks PP! Good idea, I will do some squeezing. Thanks so much.

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      1. Heyjude says:

        Pauline could be on to something. Looking at the leaves again and following her suggestion of the salvia family (of which there are hundreds) I think it could be common sage. I have grown this and it does look familiar. Nice to know she agrees with me about not being mint. You could still have a go at rubbing a leaf between your fingers. Here’s a photo I tracked down (not mine)

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        1. desleyjane says:

          I can’t see a picture Jude…. Sage was my second guess but it didn’t look right other. I just saw your other message as well.

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      2. pommepal says:

        Squeeze away DJ…

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  8. Heyjude says:

    DJ if you look at the photo I posted you will see that your image shows that your flowers have actually finished and what you have is just the sepal (?)

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    1. desleyjane says:

      That makes sense. But I can’t see your image…

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      1. Heyjude says:

        I wonder why? I can see it in the comments. How strange.

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        1. desleyjane says:

          I will check on the computer tomorrow.

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  9. Delicate and beautiful! I have tried to take some macros with flowers witha breeze, got to get a lot of shots to get the right one.

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    1. desleyjane says:

      It’s tricky, isn’t it?! Thanks Terri.

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  10. brittabottle says:

    Such lovely pictures, Desley. Particularly the mysterious plant–what a fantastic shot!

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thanks so much Britta 😊

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  11. GF-Chopstix says:

    Lovely Desley! Geraniums have such fantastic vibrant colours – they grow so easily too. I’m sure that you’ll enjoy getting shots of the flowers when they open. Beautiful shot of the mint (?)

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Aren’t they marvellous plants! I love flowers, love photographing them. Turns out it’s not mint. I went back there on Saturday and crushed the leaves – not mint, not sage. And little purple flowers, so I’m really stumped!

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      1. GF-Chopstix says:

        haha! A mystery plant! Perhaps take a cutting and ask a local?

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