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April 13, 2010

Fun with Macro

Filed under: Uncategorized — Karma @ 10:50 pm

This week the Pioneer Woman is having a macro-photography challenge.  Two Christmas’s ago, I received a very cool gift: a Raynox dcr-250 macro lens  for my Olympus camera.  I haven’t made the big leap to a DSLR yet, but I’m happy so far with my “step up” from a point-and-shoot.  It has an adapter tube that allows me to attach a few lenses, similarly to a DSLR.  I also have a very nice telephoto lens for it.  Anyway, it took some doing for me to figure out how to get that tack sharp focus with my macro lens.  It took patience, help from internet friends, usually a tripod, and often a funky device I learned how to make on Flickr: the CCRRFD.  Ms. Hut over at the IvoryHut also was very helpful with advice.  Anyway, because of P’Dub’s photo assignment, I thought I’d share a few of the cool shots I’ve been able to manage with my Raynox.  Not all of the photos are in brilliant focus, but I’m pretty happy with the results!  The first two shots here are the ones that I submitted to P’Dub:

The above is one blossom of baby’s breath, reflected in my granite countertop.

This one shows grains of sand on the side of my daughter’s pail last summer at the beach.

I think this is a pretty cool shot- snowflakes that had just landed on my snow shovel:

KD over at A Half Hour a Day inspired me one summer afternoon after I read this post, to create this:

And, if I remember correctly, I think that my header here on this blog is actually a section of a photo I took with the Raynox last summer!  I just loved the shape of those dahlia petals.

I haven’t gotten around to trying any new shots with the Raynox yet this year, but spring has finally arrived here in New England.  I think I’ll do some more work and try to perfect some macro shots when the flowers are blooming and the bugs are buzzing.  I’d certainly welcome comments about your experiences with macro photography and any tips you’d like to share to help me improve!


  1. I don’t own a macro lens but I do lust after one. I think I might rent one for a a week or two to see if it is something I would use enough to buy. Your little DIY setup seems to work very well. Kudos!

    Comment by Scott Thomas Photography — April 14, 2010 @ 10:09 am | Reply

    • I’d love to see what you come up with with a macro lens, Scott! Mine has a very limited and specific focal length (the exact length of that CCRRFD, by the way) but I don’t know enough about cameras and equipment to know if that is the case for all macro lenses. Would you be able to shed any light on that?

      Comment by Karma — April 14, 2010 @ 7:33 pm | Reply

  2. I think these are all pretty groovetastic and I, with my point-n-shoot, have no advice other than to do more!

    Comment by JenniferA — April 14, 2010 @ 8:58 pm | Reply

  3. Thing to remember with macro photography –

    the wider the aperture (small f number), the shallower the depth of field.

    For a P&S camera, set it to Aperture priority.

    Comment by yesbuts — April 15, 2010 @ 4:47 am | Reply

  4. Nice macro pictures! Specially the first one with the reflections – and a nice background 🙂

    Comment by truels — April 18, 2010 @ 4:38 pm | Reply

    • Yesbuts and Truels, thanks for popping in to the new blog! I hope you’ll stop by again sometime.

      Comment by Karma — April 18, 2010 @ 6:02 pm | Reply

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