Sunday, January 16, 2011

Sunday Stills: Macro Pics

Macros are my biggest challenge.  I have a Tamron SP 60mm F/2 Macro lens for my Nikon D300s and it is very fussy.  It can photograph flat images just fine, but anything with layers, curves or length to it results in some of the picture being in focus and some of it being blurry.  Here is a close up of a juniper bush...


This is a close up of a lawn chair, which makes me happy, because it reminds me of summer...


A pink geode...


A blue geode...


Spare change...


Of course, there's got to be some dog hair in it.  ; )

For more macros, view who participated in the comments in this Sunday Stills Challenge post.

15 comments:

dibear said...

Love the geodes. :)

Ed said...

Well done, macro lenses in general are finicky, my Sigma 105 has the same problems, sometimes I just have to manual focus..:-))

Fantastyk Voyager said...

"Of course, there's got to be some dog hair in it. ; )"
Proof, that you are an animal lover, lol.

Those geodes are awesome but I am most impressed with the geometric lawn chair. Very cool!

Nuzzling Muzzles said...

Yeah, I like to start out on Auto Focus just to see if the lens can focus on anything. Then I switch over to manual focus to actually take the picture, especially when there are layers, curves or length, because then I can choose which part of the image I want to be most focused.

achieve1dream said...

Those are all really great! They make mine look like crap . . . however I will still post them in a few minutes. :)

Crystal said...

those are great, i aslo love the geodes, but the change is neat with the dog hair.

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

I love that lawn chair photo. Would make a very cool retro framed poster, or website background.

I don't have different lenses and
only use my point and shoot for macro shots. I've learned to do lots of maneuvering and focusing to get good macros. The camera can get fussy with different angles and can focus on objects you're not wanting it to focus on while blurring the objects that you do want. I also tend to keep my finger on the button for a long time until the object I want, comes into the focus that I desire. I can end up taking a hundred macro shots to capture the one 'money shot'.
Good macros take a lot of time and patience, that's for sure.

~Lisa

thecrazysheeplady said...

Gotta love dog hair :-). Nice shots.

Brenda said...

love the colors of the geodes.

chloephotography said...

to stop your macro lens being "fussy" or having very shallow depth of field
increase your f-stop .. the f/ number
try a f/11 or f/20 for macros, use a tripod or something to keep the camera stable so it can focus sharply

give that a try, it should work

:)

Regular Guy said...

Like the geode pictures. What would life be without dog hair?

Far Side of Fifty said...

Dog hair never hurt anyone..love the pretty geodes! :)

gtyyup said...

I haven't a clue what a geode is, but they're gorgeous!! Must be some sort of rock formation...but how do they get to be pink and blue??? OK...I should Google it!

You did a nice job with the macros really. I don't know all that lens number stuff, but what ever you used, they came out nicely! The juniper bush has wonderful texture (sharp points and a softness at the same time). Well done!

fernvalley01 said...

Those are nice , I actually like the Juniper best it looks a little ,almost surreal

KD said...

I really like the picture of the change.