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Discovering the Joys of Macro Photography

May 27th, 2013

Discovering the Joys of Macro Photography

TODAYS POST IS ABOUT DISCOVERING THE JOYS OF MACRO PHOTOGRAPHY, TALK ABOUT FUN WOW!

Earlier this month I had a chance to meet up with a photographer buddy of my Mr. Greg Farley who is a professional photographer and someone I really look up too as I learn you can check out some of Greg’s books at Blurb.com. Earlier in May I attended one of Greg’s beginners classes as a refresher and as a chance to catch up with him and shot the shit.

Last week I visited one of my favorite local spots the Nisqually Wildlife Refuse in Lacey WA, this is a beautiful natural sanctuary; its not uncommon to see Bald Eagles perched high in the tree tops (normally just out of the range of my most powerful lens), this is a great place to practice macro photography.

I happened to run across Greg again after one of his classes so I decided to tag along with the group to see what I could glean from Greg. After the class we headed out and he’s talking about “seeing in photograph” and how many of us are in too much of a hurry and miss great shots, I always to try to heed this advice. He started talking about Macro photography and pulled out some extension tubes, and a bellows and was showing us just how close you could focus in on small flowers, insects, etc. As the class continued I sort of laid back from the group and started trying to practice what I was hearing from Greg using my brand new shinny Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG Macro Telephoto Zoom Lens (that’s a mouth full).

So I pulled out my first big ass lens and focused on a spider that was perched on a dandelion. Thank goodness this little guy was patient because it took me a while to set up my tripod which i discovered was a piece of junk, and then it took me even longer to figure out how to properly use the lens, I spent most of the day just out exploring and taking pictures. I was pleasantly surprised with the results when I got home and started processing the shots in Lightroom to my amazement I actually had captured some awesome shots!

The next day I attended a free class specifically on macro photography and then proceeded to spend about 5 hours exploring the nature refuse and capturing some great macro shots. Enjoy!