SUMMER BOUQUET – MACRO PRACTICE

It turns out using a macro lens is different than using other lenses. Getting the lens to focus exactly where you want it to focus is not entirely straightforward, especially because this lens doubles as a 120 mm portrait lens.

Sometimes, it doesn’t seem to know whether it wants to focus close or long. It can be surprisingly stubborn about changing.

As you can tell, I’ve been practicing. I think I’ve almost got it.

While we are on the subject of flowers, check out Cee’s Dahlias on her “flower of the day” post.



Categories: Flowers, Gallery, Photography

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17 replies

  1. These are amazing photos. I just love the colours in them.

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  2. We don’t wait for official first day of Summer around here. As soon as the flowers are up we start enjoying things.

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  3. Oh Marilyn, these are gorgeous daisies. I like all the different colors! Wonderful display of summer. 😀

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  4. This is a very nice collection of flower photographs Marilyn. You treatment of muted color is very artistic. Your use of a narrow depth of field to call attention to one blossom is effective. Macro allows you to accomplish this. I imagine your F-stops were nearly wide open near 2.0 or wider to pull that off.

    When I’m in the field trying to focus my Fuji X-E1 at a swaying flower, thistle or blade of grass it can be especially tough to get a focus lock on the subject I actually want. One way I’ve learned to pull it off is to move to the stem or even the leaves next to the blossom and get a lock and then carefully move to my actual subject and it will find it and lock on. It’s as if there’s too much distraction in the background for the camera to decide which one to pick. It still can be frustrating.

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    • Thanks Bob!!

      I’m learning to do just what you said. There’s a lot more to using a macro than I expected. It isn’t just “getting close.” It’s getting that focus lock and if you move — or your subject moves — the lens can quickly decide to refocus somewhere else. I AM having fun learning. Flowers (mostly) are very polite about the whole process and sit still. It’s easier outside because the light is better (usually). I was working in quite low light in the house. Lens wide open and the shudder as slow as I can hand hold.

      I like soft color, subtle tones. I’m more likely to decrease saturation than increase it. I know that goes against the flow of the current trend toward everything being as saturated and intense as possible, but I don’t like it. I finally gave up trying to like it 🙂

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  5. Luck you to own one. Seems you have learnt the trick of the trade 🙂

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    • Thank you!! I wanted this lens for years. Olympus finally dropped the price for a week — by more than $100, so I bought it. The following week, the price went back up, so I’m glad I did. Most of the lenses I want I can’t even think about owning. They are far out of my price range. This is turning out to be a lot of fun, if a bit of a challenge 🙂

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    • Thanks Ben. This is the first “specialty” lens I have ever owned, which is the other reason — besides price — I waited so long before buying it. It turns out to be more versatile than I expected, but also more interesting.

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  6. This is amazing

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