“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.
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!