Carder bee

It’s no secret – to my regular visitors at least – that I’m a big fan of macro photography. I first tried a macro lens in 2014 and immediately knew I loved it and that I had to get one. For my Canon, I had a 90 mm Tamron (as far as I remember) and when I bought my first mirrorless camera, I got an Olympus macro lens as soon as possible.

There are probably some people out there having snobbish attitudes about what is macro and what isn’t. To me, macro means closeup pics taken with a macro lens and that’s that. I enjoy it and whether I get super close or not (which I usually don’t), I enjoy it and often like the results.

You can get nice closeups with other lenses as long as they allow a wide enough aperture to create that nice blurred background, but I love the effects you get with a macro lens – a new world opens up to you and you discover details that you didn’t know existed because your eyes can’t see them.

Macro photography has made me overcome fear of spiders and instead I love them because they are beautiful and fascinating. And there’s a lot more to discover. For this year I planned to work on my macro skills, but it never happened because I’ve been so busy, and with the windy weather it was near impossible to shoot macro! Then I was inspired to try shooting subjects at the ground, which would be possible also with the wind, but I haven’t come anywhere with that. Next year, hopefully!

I was browsing my Lightroom library for some of my favourite macro shots… so here’s a little selection.

This is a set of hoverfly shots I did in 2020… probably the same hoverfly from different angles!

And of course there’s the insect on the olive in Italy that I showed you a while ago:

Some of these are very heavily cropped which you can see on the grainy background. What I’ll work on next is primarily to get closer so that I don’t need to crop so much. I’d also like to get a diffuser for my flash. I tried making one myself and managed to create something that worked but was a bit inconvenient.. so I think I’ll take myself to a certain photography gear shop in Cork to check out the “real” ones. Using a flash can dramatically improve the sharpness of macro photos but I’ll need to be able to adjust the quality of that light… this is something I’m going to indulge in when I’ve finished my graphic design course.

I hope you enjoyed my little creatures, and I wish you a lovely weekend.

Sharing with the folks at Natalie’s weekend coffee share.

26 responses to “Macro love”

  1. Anne Fraser avatar

    Your photos are beautiful.

    1. Susanne avatar

      Thank you! Have a lovely weekend!

  2. Joanne avatar

    These are some amazing photos! A macro lens is top of my Christmas wishlist!

    1. Susanne avatar

      Oh that’s fantastic, Joanne! I totally recommend it of course. 🙂 I hope Santa brings you one!

  3. Natalie avatar

    Susanne, Fantastic macro shots. Thank you for sharing your favourites with us at #weekendcoffeeshare.

    1. Susanne avatar

      Thanks, Natalie! Hopefully there will be more to come. Enjoy your weekend!

  4. Carole avatar

    Macro photography is amazing. Unfortunately, my hands are now to shaky to continue and my camera has taken early retirement. MAcro also helped me overcome my fear of many bugs, especially spiders. I love their little faces … oh and the eyes.

    1. Susanne avatar

      Oh YES to the faces and eyes!!! I also love how you discover colours and patterns… like the giant house spider that looks like it’s wearing a tweed jacket! I’m so sorry to hear you can’t do it anymore. Or maybe you could if you use a tripod?

  5. Leanne | avatar

    I always love your photos Susanne – although I’m not a fan of spiders! The insects on the flowers are particularly lovely and I think you’ve done an amazing job – looking forward to what you do next with the new added equipment.

    1. Susanne avatar

      Thanks Leanne! I know everyone isn’t a fan of spiders and that’s ok.. as long as they don’t call them yucky and horrible (to say you’re not a fan is neutral and fine!)! Getting that little piece of equipment will be a nice treat!

  6. Writing Sparkle avatar

    I confess that I wasn’t sure what macro was. I love beautiful pictures and I have a nice camera but I’m not in the photograph world. The pictures you shared are lovely. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Susanne avatar

      Thank you! You don’t need to know all the lingo and if you don’t normally hang out with the photography world, you won’t know! As long as you use your camera and enjoy it. 🙂 Thanks for visiting!

  7. Janet Alcorn avatar

    Incredible photos! One of these days I need to get a macro lens, because I love taking these kinds of closeup shots. Well done!

    1. Susanne avatar

      Thank you, Janet! A macro lens is a lot of fun. During the winter now I’m going to play with less obvious subjects indoors, like bubbles, textures and some more abstract stuff.

  8. trent avatar

    Great photos! I have tried my hand at macro photograph, but don’t do it very often. Years ago I did a series of super-closeups, but the sensor technology was pretty bad then, so today a mid-distance shot can get more detail.
    I hope your weekend went well and that you have a great week!

    1. Susanne avatar

      Thanks, Trent! Yes, the sensor technology has moved forward quite a bit in recent years! I’ve had a good, relaxing weekend, with nice walks and some music. 🙂

  9. Gary A Wilson avatar

    Hi Susanne,
    I knew you were our spider-gal but I did not realize you too were so into macro-photography.
    You images are stunning, and you’re correct. The reason I like it so much is that it reveals so much that is already right around us, but is too small to be seen and enjoyed.
    Please share more .

    1. Susanne avatar

      Hi Gary! Thank you, I’ll definitely share more when I have them. Macro is my favourite photography genre and has been since I first started doing it! Thanks for visiting and have a good week.

  10. Deborah Cook avatar

    Stunning. I’m not much of a photographer and only have my iPhone but can appreciate others’ work. You’ve got a great eye and these are gorgeous pictures. I’m not very visual so don’t tend to see the beauty in things that others do, but love it when my attention is drawn to it.

    1. Susanne avatar

      Thanks Deb, I’m glad you liked them! I think you’re more visual than you think, or able to see beauty, if you can enjoy other people’s photos. And iPhones are good these days! I don’t like using it for photography – but that’s me because I like the experience and creative options of using a camera.

  11. Kirstin avatar

    I love macro. On my old camera, my lens had a macro setting which was cool. Now I have a different camera and would love to buy a macro lens for it…we’ll see.

    1. Susanne avatar

      Yes, macro is fantastic! So much to discover.

  12. Julie avatar

    These are so cool!

    1. Susanne avatar

      Thanks, Julie!

  13. Anne avatar

    You already know I love your photographs! These are fabulous, Susanne. I know your critical eye sees things my eyes don’t but oh, I wish you’d put out a calendar, or a book, or even just offer prints! (Who knows, perhaps that is in the plans??? I can hope!) You have a wonderful touch – close enough for detail yet not so close that the viewer loses perspective. I hope that you are able to feed your soul through this beautiful creative work – and I also hope that you are able to do more photography for you as we shift towards the end of 2022 (what on earth?) and the start of 2023. Question – do you do inside shots, as well, that you don’t share? Or is photography for you mostly an outdoors activity? (I mean, obviously, other than day-to-day photos of one’s living space, etc.)

    1. Susanne avatar

      I actually like most of these, except some of them are so heavily cropped that there’s some noise because of that, and that I would like to have set a better focus.. but that’ll always be a problem with macro unless you use focus stacking (which I’ll do more in the future, when possible).
      You probably remember that we discussed selling prints about a year ago, and I checked out some platforms for it but haven’t tested them to see the quality. I’ll look at that again later, I promise! As for indoors photography, it’s a lot of fun but our house is still too cluttered to do much of it because I have almost no clean backgrounds. However I bought a light tent last year and have actually been using it a lot lately to take photos for a school project. I might try some indoors macro later! However, I think outdoor subjects are a lot more interesting.

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