Dienstag, 24. Juli 2012

Macro on a budget

My 1st digital camera was a Minolta Dimage 7i - it was a great cam back in 2003... and I had lots of fun taking close-up shots like this one from a poppy:

But then I switched to a Canon DSLR and a 18-200lens and all of a sudden close-ups were part of the past...

So one day I asked myself: "What if you´re interested in macro photography, but can´t afford to buy a macro lens?"

Here´s the solution, that worked for me: the ancillary lens Marumi DHG Achromat Macro 200 (+5)

I had a lot of fun playing around with it...

...this white flower was really tiny - only about 1 or 1,5 cm in diameter...

... and there was a cat sleeping on a bench outside our appartment in Croatia every day (obviously she has no problem with her back!) ...

... she slept very deeply, so I could get these shots:

I took these free-handed - no tripod!

Another flower...

And THE classic - an eye-shot... hubby was in a very patient mood that day ;-)
(I had to increase ISO, because he was sitting in a shady place, so the pic is a bit grainy)

I love my ancillary lens - maybe this is an option for you, too?!

Live, Love, Travel

Have a nice day!

Montag, 23. Juli 2012

Out of the Blue

Some of my  - what I consider - "my best shots" were taken out of the blue ... no planning, no idea, that I´d get the chance to take a stunning shot...

Hubby and I were relaxing at the beach when this boy caught my attention. I liked the way he was playing with the stones... I didn´t know him, so I was careful to not capture his face on my shot... he  played only for 2 or 3 minutes with those stones and so the situation was over in a rush.

I love this shot... hope, you too!

 Thanks for stopping by! Have a nice day!

Mittwoch, 13. Juni 2012

Some kind of photography

As far as I´m concerned – “photography” was always something I enjoyed while being in far away countries … my husband and I took hundreds of pictures on vacation in Europe, Asia or Central America and the Caribbean… 

In addition to that my sister in law gave birth to 3 amazing boys and I enjoyed taking pictures while they were babies and toddlers…

Since we do not travel that much any more and since our nephews are older now – I seemed to stop taking pictures regularly. In my opinion there was nothing interesting in my everyday life to photograph… furthermore I´ve a full time job, which keeps me away from the “good daylight” until it´s late and dim or even dark outside.

To be honest – I´d like to change that – NOW! So I´d love to incorporate photography a lot more in my daily life.

One evening last week – at about 9 pm , when I went out in the garden to turn off the lawn sprinkler, I instantly decided to give an unconventional idea from the  Digital SLR Photography magazine (March issue) a try: "Scanned still-lifes"

It was too dark and too late to take a picture of  the poppies in our garden, so I picked some withered stems and made a scan – I boosted colours and contrast and voilá – I managed to incorporate "some kind of photography" in my life that day – even if I did not use my camera.
This is my result – it took me 20min. from picking the stems to adding the watermark…. 

 Thanks for stopping by!