Saturday, June 11, 2011

Small Snapshots: Macro

Wow. I'm crazy late with this week's edition of Small Snapshots! 



The theme this week is macro, and I'm the one who suggested it, so the fact that I've been slacking on posting this is pretty bad... Clearly, I didn't think the time of year through very well when I suggested macro. Because I'm a sucker for macro shots of flowers, and winter in Canberra is hardly conducive to the presence of flowers *sigh*

Still, I made the most of what was in the garden, and came up with these:
Who doesn't love a spathiphyllum in their living room?

Some kind of mysterious berry thing in the garden

Rose hips

And now for a confession: I really hate that I can't seem to take decent macro photos with my SLR. You CAN take macro photos to some extent. They're just not as tight as I'd like them to be. I had to use my old crappy Olympus point and shoot for these. I'm not saying there's anything wrong with these - the macro capacity on my Olympus is pretty awesome. I'm just having a whinge about the limitations of my SLR lenses! 

You know what? I just looked back through my archives and last year was able to take a ton of good macro shots with my SLR. 
See?! I'd had my SLR for about 2 weeks when I took this.

Clearly I'm blaming my lenses for something that's entirely my own fault... I think my pending unemployment might be the perfect opportunity for me to kick my arse into gear on this!! 

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K xx

6 comments:

  1. Cute photos! I love macro.

    Do you use a tripod? I find I can sometimes get better macro shots in shady places if I use a tripod with the telezoom. Though you do have to be on the other side of the garden, and hopefully there is no wind :-D

    Not that there is anything wrong with your photos!!

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  2. My tripod is currently at work because we were using it to take long exposures in the gallery. I should probably bring it home, really!

    I tried using my telephoto without the tripod, and just ended up feeling like they weren't macro shots - I couldn't seem to get QUITE the level of closeness that I wanted to.

    Oh well. This is what pending unemployment is for!!! ;)

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  3. I know what you mean about the telephotos. When you work it out, let me know!!

    Maybe you should buy a macro lens ;-)

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  4. I love taking macros. I'm a bit surprised to hear that about the SLR camera, I would have thought it would take better macros than a point and shoot. Not that I would really know, I have no idea how to use an SLR camera. But anyway, great shots! :)

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  5. That first plant is so interesting looking! Same with the last one! I don't think I've ever seen them before! Great macro pictures!

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  6. The first one is more commonly known as a peace lily, I'm just used to my mum using the scientific name!

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