This is my submission for XDrive Photo Lesson 8 – Closeup/Macro. All photos were taken with Nikon D750 and Sigma 105 mm Macro lens (I didn’t know we have a macro lens! 😉
Raj said, “In this micro world, the colors are so vivid; shapes are intricate, life is very different, nothing is trivial.”
Vivid color was probably the first thing I have noticed.
Raj said, “Also, remember by shooting from the nearest distance, you are also separating the background from the subject better.” (Is it because of shallow DOF?)
By the way, this photo was the result after many shots. During the whole process, I gave up 4 times. It still can be better, I am sure.
Just for fun, I lighted up the candle and held the leaf in front of it.
Raj said, “I strongly recommend you do manual focus and not to rely on auto-focus whenever possible.”
I tried using manual focus like Raj suggested, but… every tiny (I mean very tiny) move (shake) would end with a blurring photo. Using a tripod is near impossible. Monopod didn’t help me either. Maybe it’s not for senior citizens? 😉
(Bee: F/3.5 1/200 Sec. ISO-125 105 mm Cricket: F/2.8 1/200 Sec. ISO-1600 105 mm) )
The bee — the difficulty of using manual focus is particularly true when shooting bees. Bees don’t stay at one spot long. They move constantly and they move fast. I finally switched back to auto-focus, and even with auto-focusing, it took many tries to get one that looked “okay”.
The cricket – it’s probably better if the whole cricket is in focus. I am not sure using F9 would help in this case, since its head was closer to the camera than its body. After giving some thought, I came to a conclusion that if I lowered my body, I might get the shot I wanted. I tried to re-take with F13 in manual mode, but I didn’t get any good one (got two mosquitoes bites instead.)
(By the way, people said we should focus on the eye. Do you see how small those eyes are?)
Raj said, “Close up shots are the most time-consuming photography activity in my opinion.”
I agree. I shot 300+ photos for this lesson and most of them (95%?) went straight to the trashcan. ;-( I didn’t realize how much I LOVED my zoom lens; I can’t wait to switch back! But I definitely will miss those vivid colors. 😉
Now, a confession… after reading Raj’s comment for Amy, I realized that what I-thought-macro-photographing-was is not what it is. I use to think the challenge of taking a macro photo is to be able to focus on a small spot; the smaller that spot is the better. Now I know that, not every in-focused tiny spot has an impact to viewers. The real challenge for me is to know what should be in focus and how to achieve that. (Thanks, Amy and Raj.)
Final question… Reversing the lens — isn’t that hard? I mean… one hand has to hold the lens, and the other have to focus and shoot. Also, dust may get onto the sensor, right?
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