With its emphasis on detail, pattern, and texture, macro photography can yield rewarding and unique results. (Photographs shot with a DSRL Canon EOS Rebel T2i and a Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II prime lens. A tripod was also used to stabilize the camera.) Good Day. :-)
I just can’t stop from viewing at macro pictures shot by professional photographers and trying to shoot my own. Sometimes they are quite decent and sometimes they are only good for the waste basket. But that’s the way we learn—practice, practice and more practice. There’s a saying that I like, “Practice makes perfection” or “Success is 99 percent perspiration and one percent inspiration”.
In an effort to learn the ropes of the trade, I picked up a green leaf from my wife’s garden, placed it in a small transparent bowl, and filled it with water. Then I accommodated it inside the freezer. The goal was to take a close-up shot of the leaf semi-covered with a thin layer of ice. The next morning I was ready with my minimalistic photography gear to take my immortal shots. :-)
This is what came out of my two cameras, (e.g., the Canon DSLR EOS Rebel T2i and the Canon PowerShot A720 IS). (Kindly click images to expand them.) Here we go.
I. Pictures taken with a Canon DSLR T2i and a modest Vivitar macro lens
II. Shots taken with a compact P&S Canon PowerShot A720 IS
We don’t have ice nor snow in Panama, so I had to create some to take wintertime shots. Isn’t photography great? You bet! Good Day.
As you can appreciate in these pictures, close-up and macro photography is lots of fun. Don’t you think so? Good Day.
If you have followed my blog, you probably know that I have a great respect and admiration towards photographers. I consider them to be our modern day historians, culture spreaders, artists, scientists, and what have you. Lately I am dedicating a few hours a day studying the techniques and gear of close-up or macro photography. What a macro lens is able to discover is absolutely amazing. Creation is much more than what you can see with your naked eye.
Ideal subjects for photographing with close-up lens include portraits, flowers, and details. I plan to use my close-up lenses for photographing details and flowers. Shooting details offers a great way of capturing the spirit of a place or object. With a close up lens you can get near enough to photograph a particular detail. Life-size (1:1) magnification is not that difficult if you have the right tools and the proper skills to use them. I’m working on both.
Yesterday morning I went out to my wife’s miniscule garden to take a few close-up picture of an Aloe vera plant with two of my cameras, (e.g., a DSLR Canon EOS Rebel T2i and a P&S Canon PowerShot A720 IS). My goal was to test a new lens that I recently purchased from Amazon. So far the results have been disappointing, but I’m still testing to see if I’m the problem, or the problem lies in the low quality of the macro lens. I’m referring to the Vivitar 0.43x professional wide-angle lens with macro. Yesterday I worked with the macro part which can be separated from the wide-angle lens.
Below are the results of both devices:
I. DSLR Canon EOS Rebel T2i with a Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 fixed lens and a Vivitar macro lens screwed on top
II. P&S Canon PowerShot A720 IS
If at the end of the day, the Vivitar macro lens doesn’t perform as advertised, no problem. I can always depend on my P&S camera for decent results. Of course I’m anxious to see how the Fujifilm X-30 will behave. That’s another option under my sleeve. Good Day.
Recently I received a replacement macro lens, since the original one Vivitar (0.43 professional wide-angle lens with macro) was flawed—the macro lens could not be unscrewed from the wide-angle lens. Amazon did a wonderful job in taking care of the problem and sending a replacement unit.
As soon as I received it, I ensured it was in good shape. It was. The next step was to take pictures and analyze the results. The test was to take a close-up shot of a hard disk drive. I took one shot with my P&S Canon PowerShot A720 IS and another with the aforementioned lens. The idea was to compare the quality of both images and determine the value of the new lens.
Below are two shots of the electronic spare part. It’s easy to tell which camera came in first, and which came in last. The comparison is eloquent, to say the least. I plan to keep on testing the lens and see if the results are the same as this one. After all, you get what you pay for.
No matter what they say, cheap point-and-shoot cameras are great devices. They are often downplayed by some photographers, just because the DSLR cameras are more expensive and more sophisticated. But at the end of the day, they are not always as great as they say. These pictures speak highly of the P&S cameras.
Later in the morning will shoot some flowers from my wife’s garden with both cameras and compare the results. Let’s see what happens, although I have a gut feeling which one will be the winner. :-) Good Day.