August 25, 2009 – Insect and Flower

Insect and Flower

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Several weeks ago, when I posted an image of a bee flying over a bunch of poppies, I mentioned that bees and flowers might just become my new obsession. So, to give just a bit more evidence of that, here’s another picture of a bee (well, some kind of insect anyway) and a flower.

This one was taken on the same hike to Shi Shi Beach as yesterday’s picture. I had two new toys that day; the first was the wide angle lens that I talked about in more depth than really necessary yesterday, and the other was a macro kit that I picked up for 60 bucks or so. (They have cheaper ones, but this was supposedly a good one.)

Now, before I go into that any more, here’s a link to it on Amazon, so that you know what I’m talking about. And yes, I set up an affiliate account, so if you want to buy one, please use this link first, because then I get a 4% kickback, which is only 96% away from being totally sweet. These things screw on to the front of your lens like a filter, so MAKE SURE YOU BUY THE RIGHT SIZE!! I didn’t see a size on the product page, but I didn’t look that closely.
Hoya Macro Kit on Amazon

So, what is it exactly? It’s a set of three little filter things that you can screw on to your lens either one at a time or stacked. Each one is basically a magnifying glass of a specific strength. So it both magnifies the image you see through the lens as well as allowing you to focus much closer to the lens. Basically, it lets you get super macro closeups. As with any macro shot, the depth of field you’ll get is microscopic, although my impression was it’s even more drastic with these filters. Also, at least in my opinion, as you move away from the focal point, it doesn’t really degrade nicely. It gets kind of foggy looking and weird. Again, maybe that’s just me. Also, another interesting thing I noticed is, as you move the magnifying filter further away from the sensor, the image gets very very foggy. So if you have a really long telephoto (like the one I usually use for macro shots), at the long end it’s basically worthless. If you have a shorter lens (like my 28-300, or a prime), it looks great. I realize I’m not doing a great job of describing this stuff, it’s one of those things you just have to play around with to get a feel for. And since they’re so CHEAP (you can pick them up for 25 bucks or so!) there’s *absolutely no reason* not to.

My next experiment, which will be getting here in a day or two, is a reverse-mount attachment. Basically, it attaches to the front of your lens like a filter, but it then allows you to attach the lens to your camera backwards. Sounds really weird, right? But it works! (I think.) I was playing around a bit last night with just holding the lens to the camera body backwards, and I was shocked by how close in I could get. I was using my kit lens, which is an 18-55, and it was pretty cool. (Everything about it is backwards: the more telephoto your lens is, the further out you’ll be. So to get the CLOSEST in, use your most wide-angle lens. Weird, right?) I’ll let you all know how that goes. Those things cost about 12 bucks. Here’s one on Amazon:
Reverse lens mount on Amazon

In other news, this picture is actually the 1000th picture in Rate Dave’s Photos! I know, right?! Go click on that link and show it some love!

Notes:  Canon EOS Rebel T1i, Tamron 28-300 mm lens with Hoya Macro Kit.  1/500s, f/8.0, ISO 400.  Focal length: 300mm.

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  1. avatar
    Marie June 3, 2010

    caught in the act, nice job

  2. avatar
    Sarah August 4, 2011

    Hi there! I got hooked hooked on macro photography — still am! :) — because of how it affords me such an unending supply of awe and wonder at how insects really look like up close. I specifically like zooming in on their eyes and faces. You’ll be amazed at how intricate they are.

  3. avatar
    Jenna August 18, 2011

    Awesome take on the focusing and the rule of thirds. Cheers for such a stunning shot!

  4. avatar
    HAMINIA October 2, 2011

    I like your pictures very much. I’d like to send me more of them if possible…
    – Haminia

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