Flailing Adventures in Macro

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I went for another adventure in the apartment complex. I am really focusing on trying to work with familiar settings in different times to take advantage of new lighting. It has been really interesting walking around and looking at things from a new perspective. I’m beginning to realize I need to plan my photos beforehand. But, right now, it works just trying to shoot the same things, while playing with different settings. However, I will plan to bring bug spray next time. I’m trying to avoid West Nile.

 

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Another focus I had this time was getting to know my new lens. I recently ordered a 55-200mm f/4-5.6G VR DX AF-S ED Nikkor lens. One day I’ll try a prime lens, but for now, the zoom lens gives me the varying ranges of Super-Man-like vision I feel like I need. I can now creep on my dog from far away, and avoid the inevitable wet dog nose on my lens. I’m am very excited to continue to work on macro shots.

 

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Good news! As I have fully invested in my new hobby, I have a tripod on the way (I am a slave to the mail system). Thankfully this will eliminate the need to stand like a statue while holding my breath. That way, next time, when the man approaches me asking, “are you taking pictures of the lake,” I can articulately respond, as opposed to screaming and almost falling face first into the water. I may have been concentrating very hard or he could have been a ninja. Either was plausible.

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14 thoughts on “Flailing Adventures in Macro

  1. the 55-200 isn’t a macro. if you can’t effort a real macro, try a Close-up filter for one of your lenses. I also used one in the beginning. it worked quite good with the 18-55, but less with the 55-200 (I used to have both of them in those ancient times 🙂 )

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    • What would be considered a macro lens? Right now, I’m just taking advantage of the extreme zoom of the 55-200. But, I suppose there is probably a big difference between zoom and macro. Lol I’m pretty new to all of this. So, thank you for the advice 🙂

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      • you’re right, there is a huge difference between a tele-zoom (btw 200mm isn’t extreme) and a macro lens.
        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macro_photography
        although a macro lens is more expensive than a kit zoom, you can definitely get much better photos from flowers, insects, details.
        Now, you have a kit lens, nothing special, a bit of everything. The lens is quite good, especially for a beginner. But, you will find out, that it lacks on the edges of your aim to use it.
        a macro would bring you in a shorter distance to your subject, has a way better reproduction scale and it is usually much sharper.

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  2. Hi, thank you for visiting my blog and liking my post, I really like this, I want to have a blog like this way, as a starter lot of things came to my mind, but like you, I love taking macro also.

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  3. Thanks for letting me camp out in your blog for a little while today. I had a great time and tried to leave my campsite as good as when I arrived. I’ll be back!

    Yes, Adobe offers Photoshop and Lightroom for just $9.99 a month but for the life of me I don’t understand why one would need both. One can also get Elements, albeit at a different price. Here’s how I explain it to my Clients:

    Photoshop is the whole SHOP.
    Lightroom is a ROOM in the shop.
    Elements are ELEMENTS in the room in the shop.

    Do you want the whole shop, just a room, or just some elements?

    In other words, Photoshop can do everything that Lightroom and Elements can do, but neither Elements nor Lightroom can do all that Photoshop can do.

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