Saturday, April 24, 2010

Spring and Macro Photography

I am continuing to enjoy using my macro lens to see the close-up detail of the beauty of nature. I use a Pentax K10D camera with a Pentax D FA 100 f2.8 Macro lens to get truly up close to a subject.

This image is a clemantis. I was able to get right on top of the flower to focus in on the center of it. my center point was the middle of the flower, so the rest of the image is a bit of a blurr.

Macro lenses are harder to use than other ones so a tripod is highly recommended. Or, use a chair to sit on, or even the ground, to get the close up of a flower or other plant. If sitting, hold the camera with your hands and place your elbows on your knees so you can have the stability of a tripod. Don't clinch the camera or hold to tight, but brace it and begin to shoot. I usually shoot about 3-20 images at a time depending on the subject. For example, if I can return to get another shot, as in with this flower I can go back to the garden where I took it and shoot again, I'll take about 3-5 shots. But, if I am photographing a praying mantis or a bee, I'll take upwards tio 20 shots to make sure I get what I want. As with many things, practice, practice, practice.

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