By the time that question popped in my head, I automatically grabbed the extension tube, joined with Carl Zeiss 80-200mm, and very glad there's a lot of sunlight. I never read macro articles/books. But I thought, "Maybe the reason why I get crappy, out of focus shots, was because I was using the wrong aperture." So I decided to stick to f/22 all the way. It's a 4:00 pm sunlight which is just the right light for me.
With the smell and look of Spring all around, I see nothing but flowers everywhere. Since I'm out to do a field I'm reluctant to learn, I might as well take photos of subjects I often avoid: Flowers. They're all around, and the light is abundant. The problem is the wind. Using an extension tube and shooting on macro, I'll just die trying to get a well focused shot of a swaying flower, and still fail. I tried a couple of things, but in the end I gave up. Then I had another idea...
Reflections! Strong light to the subject will give me better reflections. I set up a plastic basin and filled it with water. Then picked up a flower and placed it on top. With a little wind every now and then, the flower floats and twirls, fast and slow, changes directions, just giving me lots of frames I could ever take. The scene was amazing!
I'm happiest when I get the image I want Strait-Out-Of-Camera in a split-second decision. I was focusing on the leaf but this was a happy accident, as the sharpest part was that single droplet.
Thank God for the light! And thank God for the zoom! I read macro demands precision but the randomness of the subject was what I loved most. Its unpredictability challenged me to react with my hands, pushing and pulling the zoom while twisting the focus ring.
I did get some good shots and a lot of them need post-processing work. All-in-all this experience taught me more than I anticipated. On top of that, it didn't feel like work.
The day wasn't over yet. But that'll come on the next blog.
I had some issues regarding this experience and the photos from it. But all thanks to the people of DPS, I decided to show my real photos. I rechecked my RAW files and see that these were not cropped, and preserved the images I jumped up for joy from. But the heavily worked-on versions are on my flickr.