Todays post was going to be another ‘something new’ post. About nature again. About flowers again. Yesterday I noticed another type of unfamiliar flower bud. This morning the sun was just right, so I put on my micro lens and went to the backyard. I didn’t even notice the ants until I was looking through the lens. Bonus!
I do have one issue (ok, let’s say another) with macro photography, my eyesight. Does anyone else have this issue. I think the subject is in focus, and guess what- it’s not. I have started wearing my readers when I take a macro shot, not very convenient, but it works. Ok, since I’m being honest, another issue is that I can’t seem to stay still. Is it time to pull out the tripod for every shot I take? Ugh. Do most of you use a tripod for Macros? Any helpful tips?
The first picture, I just liked ;) The second is, well… the ant.
Although I have been holding a camera for 28 years (yikes, has it been that long) there are many many many things I am still learning. I started taking pictures with my Dad’s old 35mm Konica camera on occasion, then I attended a dark room class in college with the intention of setting up my own darkroom (always ‘good intentions’), after that I continued to shoot with film (purchased a 35mm Canon) until a bought a small digital point and shoot. Finally, about 6 years ago I bought my first DSLR, a Nikon. Since then I have moved on to a Nikon D300 (which by the way, I love). Ok, now on to the point of this post, learning something new.
The basics: shooting in manual, understanding my camera, composition… -check.
Equipment: camera, lenses (always more on my list, yours too I imagine), tripod -check.
Software: PS4 (have it, can use some of it) -check
The elements: foggy mornings, really foggy mornings, dealing with the fog -no check here.
So, you can see the element are the actually the topic here.
Today I woke earlier than usual to head down to the beach. I have been wanting to take some very slow shutter speed photos to get that washed out feeling of the surf, well, that did not happen as planned, but I did get some pictures that I like. What I learned today? Fog=Water, which in turn means wet lenses. I was shooting away, and then for some reason I looked at my lens. There was a layer of water on it! I did not plan for this, I did not take my lens safe rag with me. I typically don’t take everything everywhere (camera cases can only hold so much until they are too heavy to be comfortable carrying). I used my cotton/polyester sweatshirt to dry my lens with. I know, not the best ‘cloth’ to use, but it was either give that a try or head home.
In summary, I will begin to plan for the elements when I pack my gear from now on. (I did plan for sand, I take cellophane and wrap each tripod foot, then over that I place a layer of aluminum foil to keep the cellophane in place, this protects the tripod from the sand)