A new season has arrived, autumn. Photographing mushrooms and other seasonal items is now the thing to go forward. For me it is one of the most favorite or maybe THE most favorite season. At least you can be very creative with colors and mushrooms.
The secret of a good macro is to stay low and to peek through the foliage to create a mood and draw your eyes into the scene. Now, this is a problem for me. I always use a tripod as you may have notices. On the tripod I have a ball head and on top of that also a macro slider. The camera is at least 20cm above ground level and that is too high for a good macro. I need to adapt to another approach, no tripod for me now. I place the camera direct on the ground and level the lens with an wooden stick. To get the subject in focus I just slide the camera towards or from the subject. Being so low to the ground, focusing is difficult and therefor I use an angled viewfinder with magnification. Correct focusing is most important in macro.
For macro work I use the 100mm, f/2.8, macro lens. I just love this lens after been working with it intensively for the past three months. It has a fantastic bokeh and is extremely sharp. Even working with it out of the hand it produces sharp images when photographing insects due to its image stabilizer and fast autofocus. I almost never miss a shot.
So, the next month I will almost entirely shoot autumn moods until my trip to Scotland in November.