My first two shoots didn’t go as well as expected. You can view them here and here. The camera shake, coupled with the breeze of the morning, threw me for a loop. I was disappointed and almost called it quits. Then I remembered something I told myself just yesterday. I said, “These guys taking beautiful up-close photographs are staging them. There is no way they are merely wandering around the woods snapping these shots bare handed.” This line of thought encouraged me. Macro photography takes skill and patience, along with the proper setting.
I have had my eye on the flowers and buds of a Weeping Crabapple for some time now. On each occasion I approached the tree to grab some up-close photos, the wind blew and blew. It’s nearly tragic for someone as impatient as myself to stand around waiting for the wind to stop, so I decided to pluck a cluster of flowers from the tip of a branch and head towards my car. I popped the rear hatch and rested the flowers on its body. Since the lens setup I was using has a depth of field of about an eighth of an inch, I wasn’t worried around what was in the background. I stood my tripod and pulled a water spritzer from my pocket. I gave it a few pumps until I saw some nice sized beads of water resting on the bunch. I think you’ll find what I was able to capture much more enjoyable then my earlier attempts. Mind you, I have discovered there is quite nothing wrong with staging for photographs. If I had decided to keep what I had done to myself, you would have been none the wiser.
How did I take these photos? I used a Canon T3i, a 18-135mm kit lens (at 135mm) and three stackable Hoya close-up lens filters (+1, +2, +4). I used a SLIK PRO 700DX Professional Tripod for this shoot and there was no breeze. The photos were taken in the shade of a garage and flash was used when the camera called for it.