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!


  1. awesome macro shots!! Love that white and purple flower!

  2. Beautiful! I'll have to look into the lens.

  3. Love the photos! Especially the 3rd flower...I love purple!

  4. Fantastic photography ~ of course I love the cat shots ~ being an animal lover ~~ namaste, (A Creative Harbor)

  5. Beautiful Macros. Thanks so much for becoming a follower of Laurels Quill. Love to come see Austria some day!!! Have a great day!!

  6. Hello Ulina,
    Thanks for visiting and commenting on my photography blog. I really enjoyed looking at your work and you have some amazing shots.

  7. Wow Ulina, lovely pics! I especially love the white flower. Glad I came over for a visit.
    Luv, Babs xo

  8. Wonderful advice and amazing photos.
    I'm passing this post information to my daughter-in-law!
    (I don't have a DSLR, but she does.)

  9. Wow Ulina! Your photos are amazing! I have always loved photography but don't give it much time like I used to. But you have inspired me and i will try and put some of my photos on my blog too. I don't have a digi camera though, just use the one on my phone. I had 2 good cameras but they are the old fashioned kind that require a film and I will probably get laughed at if I was seen in public with one of those.
    Pearl x

  10. Fantastic photo's. I love the close ups of the cat lol. Hugs lin

  11. Amazing shots ... The pictures of your cat are stunning!