I never thought that I would buy a macro lens, but after seeing one at a good price (relatively speaking) on Amazon, I took the plunge, and it came late last week.
In the past I had never even wanted a macro lens because even though I would take some flower photos,they were not a particular interest. While I could be pleased enough with some of my flower shots, I was more interested in photographing the wider world.
However, upon recently printing a number of flower photos for a display, I realized what lovely images they could make, especially when printed.
It's not that one can't make nice flower photos with normal lenses, which is what I have done up until now, but I wanted to see where a macro lens might take me. So, after considerable cogitation accompanied by hand wringing and deep gulps, I took the plunge.
For those who don't know, a macro lens allows you to get very close to your subject. When it is in full macro mode, it grabs a close subject at it's exact dimensions. If the subject measures 1 inch in actual size, it will also be 1 inch on the camera's sensor. Therefore, when you expand the sensor image to photographic size, it becomes impressively large,.
My first attempts after some random play, like photographing my smart phone screen, were to head through the snow on the lawn to photograph snow clinging to little seed pods on our silk lilac tree. They are quite tiny but fill the frame in these handheld shots.
We have a hyacinth indoors giving us an early taste, or at least early fragrance, of spring. I took this one using my tripod, which seems to be the default for macro photography. It's tough to get everything in focus and sometimes you just don't want to because a soft focus can also be attractive. In fact, I wanted a very soft background on this photo although it also would have been nice to have the centre of the flower in focus.
There you have, or at least there I have, my first attempts at macro photography, and it is somewhat more involved than normal shooting because setting up the tripod and finding the focus can take some care.