Category Archives: Macro

Wet Rocks at Loon Lake

Wet Rocks at Loon Lake

Just some rocks on the lake shore…not even a particularly good picture.  Taken at 200mm with a non macro lens.  Shallow depth of field so not much in focus.  So why do I like this picture?  I guess it is just the colors and the patterns.  Or maybe it pulls some memories out – some beach when I was a kid.  I do love going to the beach because it makes me feel young and Summer would go on forever.

 

Canon 5d MkIII | Canon 70-200 f/2.8 L II | 1/800s at f/3.2

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Flower Sale

Flower Sale

It was Flower Sale Day at St. Mark’s.

This was my favorite shot of the day.  Not sure why…  Not a perfect flower and not the best lighting.  Maybe I like it because it looks real.  So often photos are over processed and over saturated and over sharpened and they just don’t look real.  They might look beautiful – but life isn’t perfect.  Neither am I!

Canon 5d MkIII | Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L |   1/80s at f/5.0

 

 

 

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Frost

Twisted Frost

Frost and cold today!

Again!

While waiting for the construction folks to show up I caught this macro shot of frost on a twisty branch.

The hardest thing about macro is getting as much in focus as possible.  This was shot at f/13.  About as much depth as possible while avoiding a loss of sharpness.  I took this handheld and this was the best of 4 shots.  The image stabilization is a lot of help but it doesn’t help with focus in the Z plane (the distance between the lens and the branch).

Canon 5d MkIII | Canon 100mm macro f/2.8 II | 1/80 sec @ f/13

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Santa on my Tree

Another macro with the new Canon 100mm lens.

The first photo is the original and the bottom photo is a zoomed in picture.  The detail is just stunning!  In fact, it might be too sharp as you can see every little flaw in the paint and every speck of dust.  Note to self:  blow off all macro subjects from now on to remove dust my eyes cannot see!

Santa on my Tree

 

Santa on my Tree-2

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Let It Snow

Let It Snow

A new year and a new lens.  My new Canon 100mm f/2.8 IS USM L Macro lens arrived and I am getting to know it.  Wow!  This lens is sharp!  The stabilization works really well and allows for a lower ISO handheld (which gives lower digital noise).   I “lost” my macro lens when I sold my beloved Canon 7D and am really happy to have that capability back.

What is a macro lens you ask?  Simply, it is a lens that allows you to get really close so you can make small things magnified in the picture.   The Canon 100mm lets you get things 1:1 on the sensor so you can blow them up to 20 or 30 times real life size.

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