This morning, I saw some dew on a few spiderwebs, so grabbed camera and a macro lens, and took a couple of pictures.
The photos below, and sorry, there are a lot of them, are of the Butterfly World Project. I was amazed how close the butterflies got to you. Sometimes they landed on you, I nearly crushed one that landed on my hand as I was grabbing my camera (note I didn’t actually crush it, but it was on my hand and I hadn’t realised, but it flew off before I touched the camera). This was a great opportunity to use the macro lens. See below. There was also the grounds around the project, there were themed gardens, and lots of other interesting things to see.
So today I had the desire to get the macro lens out, and take some close-up shots of some of the decorations on our Christmas Tree. Once really close up, you don’t really recognise what the subject is (first photo). But once moved out a little (2nd photo), you start to realise what it is. Further our (photo 3-5) it is easy. I was surprised that with a macro lens how shallow the depth of field really is. Even at F/8.0 there isn’t a lot of area in focus. It shows why when taking pictures of spiders, or other small insects that only part is in focus. The aperture needs to be closed down for macro in order to be able to focus on more of the subject. Of course that can mean slower shutter speeds. One of these was down to about 1.5 seconds (Last photo I believe).
This is my very first Macro. I was just heading upstairs when I saw this little fellow on the wood. So I grabbed my camera and the 100 F/2.8L Macro lens, and tried it out. This is at F/2.8. the DoF is very narrow. I was surprised how it turned out, but happy with the first attempt. I might go out into the garden in a day or so (before we move) and see what I can get with Macro Flowers.
Doug, Rusty, Jeff, Wit and I got together for some fun…