Last week I've bought a new 100mm f/2.8 macro lens. The first attempts in macro are made but the experience is that it is not an easy thing to do. The upcoming period a lot of hours will be spend to gain experience. The switch from wide open spaces with the 16-35mm to the macro world is quit a big one. The way you look at the landscape is totally different.
The reason of buying the macro lens is that I want to expand my photography on days the light is not as good for landscapes and switch to macro. Too many times I stopped when my fellow photographer Jan went on making pictures.
One of the better macro pictures I made today is with this blog post. I’m quite pleased with the result but must say the shot is a bit of a lucky shot. Focusing is very critical and not easy. I used a magnifying eye piece to get the sharpness on the eyes but the slight wind spoiled the shot all too often. So, what I learned is that you need absolute wind still weather. To help the process I ordered a Wimberley Plamp, a Focusing Rail from Really Right Stuff and a L-bracket also from Really Right Stuff to easily switch from landscape to portrait orientation. The plamp is to hold grip on the flower to reduce wind movement. The focusing rail will make it easy to focus with small increment steps and also to make focus stacking possible. Focus stacking is a technique to make several shots with the same settings and move the camera with little steps between every shot. In post-production these individual shots are combined to one shot for a bigger focus depth. This technique will only work with static objects.