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Macro Photography – My Experience and lessons

“Not until you explore in intricate detail your immediate surrounding you will never get to know to what extent the beautiful things God created around you.”  

Iniabasi Udosen

The definition from www.wikipedia.com goes as such; Macro photography (or photomacrography or macrography, and sometimes macrophotography ), is extreme close-up photography, usually of very small subjects and living organisms like insects, in which the size of the subject in the photograph is greater than life size. Lets define that in a lay man’s sense. Macro Photography involves taking pictures of very little things such as insects, flowers, sand, stones. Whatever is really small in such a way that these things appear bigger or in their right size.

I decided to take my Canon 60D +FD 28mm  F2.8 on an FD-EF adapter out into my backyard. This adapter turns this wonderful lens into a power macro lens.  In other to disable the macro of this lens all you have to do is buy an FD to EF adapter that has a “glass” in it.  Thats the best I can describe that…lol

Anyways, in the evening of Day 1, I headed round to the back of my block searching for what ever catches my eyes. First thing is my dog, Ralph (also Flow’s dog). Well Flow bought Ralph and I’ve been part of taking care of him since he was a puppy so he’s my dog too…hehehe. Ralph isn’t steady enough to get detailed shots so I headed off into the “mini” wild (the bushes around).

I spot a fly and gbam, gbam, then some ants, a spider and then this beautiful Locust. Literally, at a point went down in the dirt with my jeans.  I have respect for those guys who go into the bushes to take pictures and video of wild life on NatGeo Wild.

The next day as early as 7am I get to the top of the building where I live, with Ani.  He had my Samsung galaxy S6 to take “the behind the scene” shots of me working.

At times, I have to lay flat, at other times I have to squat just to get that perfect shot. We head into the surroundings at the back of our building to see what kinda shots we could get.  Its important to note that while most of us are usually are fast asleep, little creature are up early “hustling”.  This is a lesson I learnt.

When shooting in the bushes, the wind blowing on the leaves makes it near impossible to get steady shots. If you are using a manual focus (MF) lens with a shallow depth of field its way harder.  Ani assisted in holding the branch or the stem of a plant so as to keep my subject steady in focus. There were instances where some plants with spikes would get into our skin as in the first picture below.  Ani would scream….Argghhhh!!!…..lol… As neighbours begin to descend into their cars to leave for work I can imagine their thoughts, “what the hell are these guys doing in the bush so early in the morning?“.

Macro photography requires patience.  Its never easy to stand close to a fly and take a picture. The very colourful grasshopper that keeps moving from left to right as though it were a hide and seek game. Its a difficult task especially when shooting with a manual lens. Focusing is way so difficult. Always wear protective clothing when going into the bushes to guard against stings from ants, plants, etc. You might need a knee guard for going down on your knees.  your clothes will get dirty too.  Get some one to assist where possible. If you are rich get a lens with Auto-Focus in it.

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