MACRO - This ain't easy

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I went for a stroll at Dunham Massey today – wife was shopping somewhere – and decided to try a few Macro shots of whatever came to hand. Not really in to this yet but I had recently bought a SIGMA 105 Macro so what better time than on such a sunny day. Here are a few attempts. No birds I am afraid. I also hand held for all shots and I know that is a real NO- NO but it was a trial.
You have a fly – the bee flew away, a rhododendrum flower a ladybird and the centre of a magnolia.
Any suggestions would be most welcome – this is alian to me as yet.

Comments

20 Apr, 2011
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muddywalters said:

Wow Mike, these are great shots. If you plan to put more on here as blogs, I for one will certainly look forward to viewing them.

20 Apr, 2011
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johnponting said:

Some nice shots there mike.

I don't have a macro lens for my Nikons yet (had bellows for my OM-1 many years ago) but, as you say, it's not an easy area to work in. Focus becomes paramount.

I enjoyed taking a few flower shots recently and, along with your examples, have reawakened my interest. As I bought a new MG last weekend I guess another lens may have to wait for management approval.

Purely for interest I have uploaded a shot of a tulip taken handheld with my 'spare' d3000 with AF-S 55-200mm lens togther with a crop to http://tinyurl.com/423gq3s .

20 Apr, 2011
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littlewren said:

beautiful photos....I am no good at this but love to admire and marvel at these close up....where even a fly is so interesting

20 Apr, 2011
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eje said:

Beautiful group of photo's Mike,last year we had many different Hover flies about and trying out my new 500mm lens I snapped one on one of my wifes Tiger lilies and was amazed at the result.This led me to take many others but with my 18-55mm lens which turned out superb. Keep them coming.

20 Apr, 2011
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aster said:

I'm with you Lw,it's good for those of us without the gizmos to follow your progress Mike. These are far closer than I'll ever get :)

20 Apr, 2011
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mike said:

Thank you all - I will try to please but never feel that you should not criticise or advise. It is all helpful. I know nothing - I really am "Manuel" in this.

20 Apr, 2011
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robashfield said:

Hi Mike,never thought of putting macro shots on here.I have many.
Best advise.Tripod!! I have hand held shots,they are ok,but tripod with remote come out very sharp.As with all photography it is practice.By the way these are brill for hand held shots....keep 'em coming.

25 Apr, 2011
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donna said:

Lovely shots I enjoy Macro as well mine are a bit hit and miss at the moment

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