Since purchasing a second-hand macro lens I’ve become obsessed with the world around me (well, our flat and garden) as seen in macroscopic detail.
The lens really does open up a whole new world for me to photograph and seeing as I’m not out and about as much as I was pre-fatherhood it means I can take photos of things other than Kate, Fergus and Rizzo without having to leave the flat.
As well as searching out the obligatory bugs and flowers that all novice macro photographers make a bee-line for (boom boom!) to shoot first I’ve been using the lens in full manual mode which has taught me more about the fabled exposure triangle – ISO, aperture and shutter speed.
The only problem I’ve had with the lens is that because it operates at between 31cm and 48cm from the subject you have to get pretty damn close. That’s fine with flowers and leaves but becomes an entirley different prospect with killer bees and venomous spiders. Thank goodness we live in the relative safety of Wood Green.
The results of my early experiments with the lens can be seen over on Flickr in a set I’ve imaginatively entitled Macro.