I’ve been experimenting with a new camera lens, Canon 35mm, f2.8 Macro. What a great lens to use with flowers, food photography and up close still life! Surprisingly, it does take a little practice to get used to a fixed focal length, understanding exactly what will/won’t be blurred in the background and how light hits your subject…….definitely a good exercise for practicing a little of each of the photography rules.
So, how is it going? Here are a few of my practice shots:
On our front porch we have three planter boxes with Geraniums so I started with these. As you can tell, the Pink Geranium really pops against the black wrought iron railing and the blurred Geraniums in the background. I was able to get really close to these buds and as you can see captured the detail of the fur and pollen on the leaves.
I moved to the backyard and focused in (no pun intended) on the Purslane I recently planted. In the photos below, I was able to capture the detail of the star shaped pollen stem of the Purslane flower. I love how the lens captures the greens, yellow and oranges of each of the flowers.
I think my favorite Macro shots are of the rose bud below where the lens picks up the small specs of yellow pollen. Do you see what I mean about paying attention to what gets blurred in the background? I love the composition of the full bloom being blurred compared to the closed bud in the foreground (this is actually the same bud, taken from two (2) different angles).
The above photos were shot while hand holding my camera, I can’t wait to see how photos turn out when I’m in a little more controlled environment using a tri-pod and controlled lighting.
If you’re looking to try your hand at Macro photography, check out this link to Digital Photography School 5 Tips to Better Macro Photography. This post by James Dempsey is a quick read and gives you the basics. If you don’t have a macro lens, don’t get discouraged, those I-Phones and Androids are great for Macro photography, too! There are even small attachment lenses you can purchase to help achieve great results. Here are a few sites dedicated just for camera phones: iPhone Photography School and How to Get Stunning Macro Photos With Your Mobile Phone
Do you have any tips and examples of Macro photography ? I’d love to see them in the comments section.