Category: Photo Blogs

High Magnification Macro Rebirth – A Laowa Journey

I am trying to remember how and when I became interested in macro photography. If you don't know what that is, Wikipedia defines it as: By the original definition, a macro photograph is one in which the size of the subject on the negative or image sensor is life size or greater. However, in some ... ... READ the rest

Dog Film, as if.

We spent Saturday at Intaka Island, shooting hundreds (in the case of Alexia, thousands) of photos of the local bird life. It was a valuable experience in learning some birding and telephoto techniques, that we both need. The keeper rates went up from the prior visit, so hooray. I suggest you have a look at ... ... READ the rest

A Take On Birds (and perhaps, other wildlife)

On the eve of going to out to shoot with my newly acquired, fabled Tamron 100-400, I decided to open up Google Keep, to make some notes of the ways I have been photographing birds and animals. My next idea was to gather ideas from friends that I would like to try, and before I ... ... READ the rest

Macro Softies – A Self Discovery

There are some things in life for which recipes work amazingly well. Cooking from a cook-book, assembling a gearbox from an exploded-view diagram and mixing dangerous chemical substances, in volatile environments - to end up with (drum roll) common household cleaner. For photography, music and speeches, the written word is a guideline that could, and ... ... READ the rest

Which settings to use for macro? Your own.

I have been 'trying' my hand at macro-photography for years, and as with most things, you get on-days and you get off-days. I had some great results from barely-acceptable lenses with a Raynox DCR-250 on, other times I could not get anything past my critics (friends...) for months. I had setups consisting of tripods and ... ... READ the rest

Washing the background with f/1.4 and accidental light

During a trip to Harold Porter botanical gardens today, I decided to try out some specific things that have been nagging me for a while. I am very lucky and happy to own a Sigma 30mm 1.4 Art lens, and it's been a joy to use, it is well built, heavy and solid, it focuses ... ... READ the rest