I try not to get worked up about "things".. but when tracking showed a certain package had landed at our local carrier for me late last week, I was like a kid the night before Christmas. A new macro lens was on it's way & I couldn't wait to look through it. The little box arrived. I was thrilled. And then.. I found it surprisingly challenging to use!! I did some experimenting, with different lenses, focus, & settings, and overall, I enjoyed spending my weekend looking at things under the microscope, so to speak.
Bug tongues and
frog toes. Bee's knees and dragonfly wings. Clover. Flowers.
Mushrooms. Teensy weensy flashy colored hopper bugs, unseen by our eye
before. What a wonderful world to look closer at!
Marianne, called Saturday and said she felt like walking over through
the field for a visit. There is a great big rolling, hilly field
between her house & ours, and it's been a few years since she has
felt up for the walk. I met her out at the fence, which she didn't
think she could quite hop like she used to (she's 94 years young) and so
I hopped over to her side, and we strolled along to an opening in the
fence, and a walk through our woods together. It was lovely & I felt awfully lucky. The kids weren't home which was
unusually vacant here. She visited a while, and then Mitch & I gave
her a ride home in the Ranger (a.k.a. the off road buggy.) She
thinks it's the handiest thing & that Johnathan (10 years old) is a
wonderful driver & chauffeur.
Anyway, when we took her home,
she took me out to see her passion flower vine, which is in bloom.
So cool! I didn't know we could grow these flowers outdoors in our
climate. She picked a bunch of blooms for me and said to put them in a
bowl of water.
I did. And then I experimented with that macro some more.
I have the capability to get much closer than in these photos... but I learned there is more that goes into those microscopic images than a click of a shutter! The depth of field is so shallow, I found it extremely challenging to focus - with very touchy / minimal range that allowed me to do so. It sounds like I should use a tripod,
remote shutter, and macro slides. I can definitely see now that they'd come in handy - particularly the slides. A millimeter makes a difference, and when zoomed so close, the slightest wobbles are quite big.
I was honestly a little frustrated with the new lens.. and I love that I was! I love a good challenge of learning something new. Hopefully I can improve on my microscopic macro skills in the weeks to come.
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I ♥ Macro