I got this shot when we attended a wedding in a place called Kromrivier in the heart of the Cederberg mountain reserve. It’s a difficult place to get and you have to negotiate 50km of rough dirt road, but boy is it worth it when you get there. I understand now why Dragonflies are such popular macro subjects – because they allow you to come fairly close without flying away.
Just playing around with the Macro lens. Taking an appealing picture of words on paper is surprisingly difficult, but it’s fun! This was taken from a page out of one of my favourite books, “Wizard’s First Rule” by Terry Goodkind.
This was my first attempt at photographing a building, taken from the beach at Strand, Cape Town. Not exactly a breathtaking photo, but I don’t think it’s a bad start.
We’ve had this lead chess set for years, but through the lens of a camera it just looks completely different. I took a couple of nice shots from different angles, but this was my favourite one. Chess sets seem to be a great subject for macro photography and I will definitely experiment more with it in the future.
This was one of my first attempts at macro photography and I was quite pleased with the results. Closeup photos of water drops is one of the reasons why I bought the macro lens and I look forward to taking many more of these in the future.
I have always appreciated a good photo, but for some reason I have never really had an interest in taking photos myself. This all changed a couple of weeks ago when I had to write some camera reviews for one of my other websites. I started thinking that photography could be a great hobby for someone like me who works from home and seeing that my wife Elna is a wedding photographer, I already have access to a studio and a lot of equipment that she uses.
So this week I finally purchased my first SLR camera, the Canon 450D. I was hooked about 10 minutes after opening the box. In addition to the 18-55mm kit lens, I also purchased the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro Lens and the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens. Elna already has the Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS Lens and the expensive Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS Lens, which I can also use when she is not at a wedding.
I spent a day learning the basics of digital photography and armed with my new found knowledge of aperture, shutter speed and ISO, I headed into the garden with my new macro lens to look for some good shots. This photo was one of my first attempts. I have since learned a lot more about the different exposure settings and I now realize why the whole flower is not in focus, but I decided that this is still a good photo to use for my first post on this blog.