Macro #1

I’ve had my macro, 105 mm, lens for about a year and have not been happy with many of my images. I’ve decided to use it as much as I can so I can improve my skills.

I would appreciate any comments on how to better my images.

Oh…and do you know what this is?



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15 responses to “Macro #1

  1. Nice shot and the tips will all come in handy when I have a little experimenting time of my own. I’m glad you revealed it to be a papaya instead of the creepy some sort of aquatic eggs monster I was going to guess!

  2. Tammy McChesney

    There is nothing I can really add here, except I agree that I would like a bit more clarity in the image itself…I would have never guessed a papaya – very cool!

  3. boomer3297

    What was your aperture on this one? DOF looks real shallow.

  4. I`m going out on the limb and say it is some sort of fungus growing in a decaying pumpkin??

    All I can say is using a tripod and the self timer mode may help with the sharpness.

  5. Hi Mary Lou, when I first got my 50mm f/1.4 lens, I did a One Lens challenge with a few other people at EV. We were supposed to use only that lens for a month. I got to love the lens so much that I don’t think I took it off my camera for 6 months! I’m a big fan of learning one lens inside out then moving on to some other lens or technique.

    I think Karen has hit the nail on the head with respect to sharpness and light in this shot. But, you’ve posted other macros that have been sharp as a tack, so under other circumstance you and your 105 work like champs together. As far as composition goes, I’d like to see a bit more of the context in a macro – more of the fruit’s flesh in this case.

    • Thanks Julie. My 105 and I are starting our journey to become best friends!! I will keep it on my camera for a month which is a good thing because I really don’t like changing lenses anyway!!

  6. Love the caviar shot but how did you get inside the sturgeon, they seem to be still attached. LOL great clarity and colour, How Improve???

  7. I recently read Bryan Petersen’s book on close up photograpy and it had a lot of good tips. A Macro lens is on my wish list so I can’t speak from experience but what’s missing for me in this shot is the crisp sharpness I associate with a good Macro shot. The reflections are a bit distracting for me too. So what comes to mind for that is to minimize any motion as much as you can – use a tripod, remote shutter release, mirror lock up setting, and re-think the lighting – avoid harsh flash, use a ring flash or diffused light if possible. Now… what is it? Looks like it could be some sort of fruit seeds perhaps?

  8. Hi Mary Lou, Is this possibly capers?

    What do you not like about your shots with the 105mm lens? I wonder because I love mine to death. I wouldn’t trade it for anything and love it only second to my camera itself, best money I ever spent.

    • Terri, it’s not capers. 🙂

      I love my 105mm lens. It’s my favorite but I’ve had a number of images that I couldn’t get to come out the way I wanted them to. I took out my book again last night and started from square one. So we’ll see what happens.

      • Good luck its fun leanring. When I first got my lens I was thinking of only shooting everything close up, and that is all I thought I would do. Then suddenly realizing that it can also bring things far away, up close. Now I hate taking it off the camera and spend a lot of time backing up instead of changing lenses.

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