I have finally discovered the enthralling world of macro photography, having been lucky enough to be given a Canon EF 100L lens for Christmas by my loving partner Wade.
During the course of a walk through the Royal National Park, just behind Jibbon Beach where we are anchored, I took some 50 photos of banksias and wildflowers. My poor Wadie had to put up with frequent stops along the track on a burning hot day.
The detail you discover through a macro lens is simply amazing. Intricacies you would not notice in the anatomy of a plant with the naked eye, appear in all their splendour. I was blown away by this and could not wait to share my first set of macro images with you. I also had fun researching the names of the gorgeous plants I photographed.
I am impressed with the lens; the clarity of the shots, the great light and colours, the ability to focus hand held, despite the constant breeze. In some cases I found the autofocus was hunting a lot and I had to switch to manual focus to force it to hone in on a particular part of the plant, but this was easily done. A prime 100mm lens takes a bit of getting used to, since I am so accustomed to zoom lenses, but it forced me to find the right position to capture my images, instead of relying on a zoom. I have a lot to learn yet, but it is all part of this wondrous hobby. I am hooked!
Here is a gallery of a few images. None of these have been altered, other than shrinking them for the web and watermarking them. I would love to receive your comments and would especially value suggestions from the photographers amongst our followers.