My New Sigma

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“You don’t take a photograph, you make it.”

– Ansel Adams

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During this past holiday season, I acquired my first macro lens. A 105mm Sigma EX Marcro Lens. I’ve always shot from a distance with long lenses, so it was a real treat when I got to start using this beauty.

Even though I got it during December, I didn’t really get to start using it until this spring, and I’ve barely taken it off of my camera. I’m constantly using this thing! Since it’s my first macro lens, I’m still working on figuring it out all the way. Unlike most lenses, this one has an optical stabilizer motor in it, so it does it’s own focusing for the most part, all I can do is point it in the right direction. Leaving a lot of room for trial and error while using it.

I do have to say that it’s been a real life saver for all of the photos I’ve had to take of products for my new jewelry shop. Especially since most of the stuff I make is pretty small. The more items I make, the more I get to practice with the lens!

Since it’s finally spring, and the bugs are out, I’ve been chasing them around more than I normally do. Insects are my absolute favorite subject to photograph. Typically, I do a lot of bee and wasp photography because they are easy to photograph with a long lens. So far I haven’t gotten any bee or wasp photos with this lens, but I’ve gotten to do things like spiders, ants, and even frogs, things I normally couldn’t get close enough to with a long lens.

I’ve also been taking my time with close up foliage photos. Another thing I’m not normally into, but now that I can do it, I’ve grown to enjoy it.

On top of being able to do close up nature and animal shots, I have figured out how to get some decent portrait photos. Candid photos are another one of my favorites, but I will say that this macro lens makes it harder to get those. The closer you are to people, the more likely they are to look at you and stop what they are doing to pose. I think I’ll stick with the longer lenses for this, as I am not a fan of posed photos. But, I will say that this lens has been spectacular for small children who don’t care one bit that you’re pointing a big ol’ lens at them.

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Overall, I definitely have to say that I’m incredibly happy with this lens. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for something new to mess with!

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Thank you so much for taking the time to read!

All photos are mine!

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Moose Blossom

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“I love to create, and to me, the ultimate freedom of expression is a blank canvas or a

block of clay to capture whatever emotions your imagination gives it.”

– Daniel Boulud

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Hello again, everyone!

I have spent the last few months tirelessly working on my very own Etsy shop! I’ve been working with clay for the last two years, and I finally ended up with enough things to start up a little side business. It’s been a fun journey so far, and I can only hope it gets better with time!

I went with the name Moose Blossom, after the nickname I was affectionately given by my husband when we were in high school.

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So far I’ve ended up with several fun spiraled pendants. Each one ends up looking completely different from the others, which makes it extra fun! I’ve had a few custom orders from people that turned out to be lovely mixes of colors.

On top of them just being colorful and truly fun to make, I can add fun things to them to make them even better. It’s been a real process to find things that really work with these. Especially my steampunk pendants, since the gears are pressed into and baked right into the pendants. I’ve also been creating sets of gauged earrings to match and go with some of the pendants, which is also quite a process.

The gauged earrings I’ve been making have just been so much fun. It took me such a long time to get them to turn out correctly. Now I can get 0g and 00g rolled out on the first try most of the time. I’ve gotten pretty good at twisting them into fun shapes and adding fun dangles, charms, etc. to them. I’ve even got a few pairs I wear myself, and I’m totally in love with them!

With the careful direction of my 5 year old, I’ve also been making time creature charms. I’ve done everything from griffins and unicorns, to Orcas, baby pythons, and even pet rocks. These are by far my favorite things to make. Even if you mess something up, they end up cute. Though they are quite small, they are also time consuming to create. My daughter, of course, is there for every second it takes me to make these little guys.

There are several other fun things in my shop! Feel free to take a look at:

MooseBlossom at Etsy!

Feel free to enjoy 5% off of your order with the code:

lemonbuck

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Thank you so much for taking the time to read!

All photos are mine!