I’m testing out my new Olympus Stylus TG3 ‘Super’ Macro on some flowers in my garden. You see a whole new world when you get up this close! A few things I had to watch out for with ‘super’ macros:
- imperfections, dust, pollen and spiderwebs show up larger than life when shooting this close, so check that the flower you choose is as perfect as a possible
- every so often check for pollen on the lens; otherwise some of your photos will have vague yellowish splotches obscuring the next flower that you shoot
- watch out for bees; they’re always trying to photobomb your photos!
‘Wild’ rose. Alien-looking purple bearded iris.
My dianthus ‘Sooty’, looking very spiky. (I suspect there was some pollen on the lens but here it seemed to soften the image in an interesting way.)
Cranesbill geranium after the rain.
Lying on the grass looking up at my allium.
Dark purple, almost black, columbine.
Scale gets really messed up using ‘Super’ macro. I didn’t even recognize this flower even though it was somewhere in my small garden. Later I went out and checked, and discovered that it was the centre of a Perennial Blue Bachelor Button.
For more on Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Floral Macros.