Anyone who has spoken to me or has been following my blog at all, will know that I have been desirous of the Nikon 105mm Micro for a long time. As I mentioned yesterday, I found one used and jumped at it. It came today and as suspected, it was in pristine condition. I don't know where the "signs of use" B&H said it showed but it made it more affordable so yay for me. I had to go to work today so I made myself wait until after I finished to open the box. This evening the light was shining through the azaleas in my front yard so I set up my tri-pod and started my journey into learning macro.
Here's a little lesson for you. Macro is a misnomer. It sounds like I should be shooting large things but in actuality, I'm shooting little things. Which is why I think Nikon calls their macro lenses "micro." I think they meant to make it less confusing but just made it more so IMO. A true macro photograph has a minimum reproduction ratio of 1:1 which means the subject is the same size the image is on the sensor of the camera. I can never remember if it goes to 1:25 or 25:1 before it technically becomes microscopy though. If you want to learn a little more about it, here's the Wikipedia entry about it.
Regardless, I did learn a few things today.
1) While I knew that DOF was very shallow in macro mode, I wasn't sure how shallow so I kept my f stops around 25 or greater. I'm going to have to play with that all over again. I hope I'm a quicker study this time around.
2) I need to pay attention to how close I am to the subject. I tend to get too close as evidenced in the above shot. The pistol (I think that's the correct terminology) is out of focus.
3) I will need a better tri-pod. My old Velbon Victory 550 isn't going to cut it.
4) I will need a macro flash. I had to do a lot of work post on these images and they still are underexposed even though I was shooting in some pretty bright sun. I was trying to capture the petals glowing and while I was slightly more successful than my attempt last year, it was still not something I'm super excited about. I'm not getting down on myself though. This was my FIRST attempt at this. I will get better with practice.
5) I can see the allure of X-Y plates. Moving the tri-pod fractions of an inch at a time is no fun!
So, like all things in photography the main take away is, new stuff begets more new stuff!
Here are the rest of the 1/4 way decent shots I took today. Normally I wouldn't post these but I promised my mother I would for her. She loves azaleas.
Not all of these are macro. The pictures of the entire bush are just shots I took with the lens in non-macro mode. The dandlion was taken earlier in the day hand-held while I was on a walk with KC and Floyd. Unless otherwise noted, all settings were the same as the picture above.
You can see how I'm still struggling with DOF and lighting. I am eager to learn. Stay tuned!
I'm a mother of 2 girls living in NC. I've dabbled in photography on and off but really this is just for fun