Today I wanted to experiment with some macro photography. While I enjoy doing macro stuff, I have never tried arranging things like this before. It was fun and I will try to do some more experiments like this soon. I have a few ideas.
To get 1:1 macro I use a 50mm lens and a teleconverter, macro on a budget as it were. You need a lot more light this way, which can be a problem. But it´s still possible to get some pretty nice photos this way.
It´s really been a long time since my last post. I just moved to a new town to study, and all the packing and preparing kept me very busy. But now I´m back, with a better internet connection.
This move was quite long, to a completely new part of the country. But it´s been an interesting experience. This little town is named Ronneby, for those who are interested. And it has one of the most beautiful parks in Sweden. So a lot of times been spent exploring. There will be a lot of photos, be prepared.
Most of the shots today are flowers, but I will post some photos of the park itself soon. The sun was a bit to bright today, but I can´t complain.
All of the pictures here were taken worth my “macro kit”, a 50mm and a 2x teleconverter. I like to be able to get really close while still being able to focus to infinity. It feels like I´m starting to get better at this stuff now, but there´s always more to learn.
I´m especially proud of the photo of the spider. Not a very good capture prehaps. But since a have a terrible phobia of spiders, getting close to it was a real accomplishment to me. Tough it left me horrified.
Yesterday, my 50mm lens finally arrived. In one piece and fully working, wich is always a bonus. It´s an old rikenon (ricoh) f 2 lens, probably a cheap kit lens. It´s all plastic. But it was cheap and in good condition. It´s also tiny and very light. Most likely my new lens for family photos.
The main reason I bought this however, was not to use it on its own. I had an old 2x teleconverter that was not being used. A vivitar for the ones who are interested. My father bought it at an auction for next to nothing. And this teleconverter doesn´t just give you twice the range, it also enables 1:1 magnification.
And since macro was always something of a dream to me, getting the opportunity to get into it for a very cheap price is very appealing. So today I went outside and tried to get really close to some of the things in nature. At the end of the day, the bugs where responsible for the most interesting shots. But the flowers will get their room to eventually.
I know people will often say that teleconverters are best avoided. But for the price, I think that the image quality is perfectly fine. And sometimes you just don´t have the budget to get a dedicated macro lens. This is a good start, and I know my skills are whats causing the biggest imperfections in my pictures right now. Not my equipment.
But it´s important to remember that the teleconverter will make any imperfections in your lens more apparent. It´s also very heavy, and it eats light like crazy. So you will need it to be quite bright when you use it.