Macro Photographer In Training

Wikipedia:

Macro photography, is extreme close-up photography, usually of very small subjects and living organisms like insects, in which the size of the subject in the photograph is greater than life size.

This week I got a macro lens for my camera, and today I explored my yard for photo ops.  I am of the mindset: Attempt first, then if necessary, read the instructions.  Although, I did watch a few YouTube videos first.

My biggest challenge (and explained on the videos) was focus. Much harder than I expected.  However, I was able to snag a few successful photos, given this was my first real attempt.

It wasn’t easy, but I am certainly motivated!  If you take macro photos, do you have any tips for this beginner?  🙂

Below are a few of my favorites from today.

BEES:
I don’t know why, but they fascinate me.
These were not easy to capture, but exciting to see.

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BUTTERFLY/MOTH:
These two were frolicking in our lantana.
They were amazingly cooperative for the photos!

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Notice the odd (I assume) black tongue:

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I just loved this one:

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And finally, a couple of plant photos:

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Today is life-the only life you are sure of. Make the most of today. Get interested in something. Shake yourself awake. Develop a hobby. Let the winds of enthusiasm sweep through you. Live today with gusto.
-Dale Carnegie

♥♥ Sometimes the imperfect creates perfection ♥♥

 

 

 

 

10 Comments Add yours

  1. Irene says:

    Yay! Your post made me smile. Macro is my favorite form of photography to shoot. Looks like you are off to a great start. My advice to you is to just take lots and lots of pics with varying apertures of the same subject as a learning tool. Aperture settings can make a huge difference when you are so close to what you are photographing. Most of all, have fun! 😊

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    1. Thank you so much! I went outside several times today after loading pics onto my computer and looking at them. Deleted dozens of them. I used my Macro auto setting quite a bit. I will pay attention to the aperture. And I’ll be pulling up a few more YouTube videos. I appreciate your feedback and encouragement! 🙂

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      1. Irene says:

        I think most of us probably delete more photos than we keep. Better to try a shot and delete than not try. Auto settings are helpful and I have found them to be a great learning tool as well. Have a great week, Lisa. 😊

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  2. Peter Teremi says:

    Bravo! Keep up the good work! The only advice I have is to take your time and have fun, both of which you seem to be doing already.

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  3. Naomi says:

    These are so amazing!

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  4. Wow, you are doing awesome. I too am trying macro photography. At first I found it so frustrating but I’m beginning to really enjoy it. It does take a lot of practice and patience.

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    1. Thank you! I am quite hooked. A fun hobby 😊 and I like getting inspiration from others.

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      1. It is certainly a fun hobby.

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