After scanning the Internet looking for ideas to capture subject with my camera, I found out that I have a tendency towards macro photography. There are mysterious worlds that the naked eye does not see, therefore, they do not exist. With the proper equipment, these unseen worlds come to life.
If there is any constant in the world of macro photography, it is this:
“Flowers are like snowflakes, no two are exactly the same when viewed through any combination of close-up photography equipment. The closer you focus on a given subject, the more that is revealed, and it is with these revelations that the ‘drug’ that is macro photography maintains its constant and unrelenting hold. You begin to consider adopting a belief in reincarnation or reaffirming your reincarnation beliefs as you soon realize that your appetite, your hunger, your insatiable desire for more ‘intimate encounters’ is truly vast and deep and that there can’t possible be just one lifetime, because I need to come back for more—much more.
The world of close-up photography does serve up a bounty of texture-filled images: feathers, human skin, animal fur, wood, rocks, sand, leaves, thorns, berries, broken glass, ice, frost, and even pond scum.
It is often the texture within a close-up photograph that awakens our senses the most, whether that texture is ‘felt as soft or hard, rough or smooth, dull or sharp, or hot or cold”—Bryan Peterson, Understanding Close-up Photography
These words were music to my ears. So I started to look for affordable items I could buy to start my journey to the worlds hidden to us. My supplier was Amazon.com in the United States. They have a wide choice of photography merchandise, their customer service is heads and shoulders above most of the suppliers I am aware of, and they accept international credit cards. A reputable freight forwarder —Aeropost—will receive my merchandise in Miami, Florida and deliver it to Panama City, Panama where I can pick it up at their counter. It’s a ten-minute drive from my house.
My entry into close-up photograph were a couple of lens manufactured by Vivitar. The description of the first set of two lens is: Vivitar 0.43 professional wide-angle HD lens with macro. The selling price of these lens was $29.48 available at Amazon.com. Below are several pictures of the photography equipment.
When I tried to separate the macro lens from the wide angle lens, I discovered it was stuck. According to the operations manual, this lens has a detachable macro part which can be unscrewed. You just unscrew the macro part of the lens and attach it to your camera to take photos of objects at extremely close range. I tried for about half and hour without any success.
I contacted Amazon’s Customer Service Department and they promised to send me a replacement lens free of charge. It should arrive in Panama City, Panama on Wednesday, November 12, 2014. I was a bit disappointed, but I guess you receive what you pay for. Crossing my fingers that the replacement device works fine. Tomorrow I will unpackage a small 2.2x zoom lens, also manufactured by Vivitar. Let’s see what happens. Good Day.
Edit: Today I received from Amazon, the replacement wide-angle/macro lens. This time it worked well. I could easily separate both parts of the lens. Amazon did a fantastic job in handling my claim, that’s why I prefer it as my main and only supplier of purchases in the States. Omar is happy!