It was decided… we were going camping.
Seeing as though the boys had their bicycles, fishing rods, and braai utensils packed…
I thought it was only fair for me to pack my toys too!
So, I used it as the perfect excuse to try out a lens.
Side note: It’s always great to be able to rent a lens before you add it to your wish list
[and the 100mm macro lens has definitely been added to mine]
I’d had sensed that Macro would appeal to my photographic style, and I couldn’t wait to experiment with it.
After all… it was on my creativity bucket list!
Aka: perfect excuse ;P
So… we reach said campsite [ps… this is what it looked like]
and as soon as I could… I grabbed camera and started exploring.
A new world opened up for me…
I found myself marvelling at the details in the tiniest of flowers [these were pinkie sized]
I very quickly advised hubby that I was in love… No, it had nothing to do with him… and yes, he was going to be in trouble!
Working with a Macro Lens was different to my usual 50mm… so I thought I’d share a few of the lessons from my experience:
1. Just the slightest lean!
I mean it – the SLIGHTEST lean, breath, or movement… resulted in the shot being out of focus!
Lesson: Next time – take a tripod!
About that shallow!
I love me some shallow depth of field… but what I found when I pulled the images back onto the computer, was that when I shot too shallow [F2. – 2.8] on a macro – it can make for some bizarre shots.
There are a couple of shots where the aspect I really wanted to be in focus – was waaay too blurred…
Lesson: So I’ll practice on a higher F-stop next time!
I’m so used to my 50mm…
I instinctively know the distance that I need to be from my subject in order to get the shot I want.
By changing lenses… it put me right out of my comfort zone…
Lesson: Lean in… and keep pushing beyond the comfort zone 😉
There were times [when I went REALLY close to the subject] that the lens really struggled to focus on what I wanted to focus on.
Some of the time I used this recipe to get what I wanted:
- Whipping it off Automatic focus,
- Getting focused on my target in Manual focus,
- Then clicking back into Auto focus for sharpness
but in other moments – I found it easier to stay in Manual focus to get the shot I want
Some times I would gently lean forward and press the shutter when the moment was juuuust right!
Lesson: Keep playing till you find the focus you want
And the last [and most important] lesson…
GET YOURSELF A MACRO LENS ALREADY!
Thought I’d save one of my fav’s as the last pic for this note…
and yes… it’s available in the ETSY store [plus I will be uploading more in the next week or so]