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Photography and the Macro Lens

Updated on July 8, 2018
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First time with the Macro


The man at the camera store brought me outside to show me how the macro lens works. He got close to the pavement and took a picture. When I saw what was inside this little concrete hole in the sidewalk I was in love. It was a lint, dirt, bug world in the sidewalk. It fascinated me and I couldn't wait to use it. I was in England at the time and it was summer. Flowers seemed to bloomed in all year round. However, summer flowers were amazing in England.

Some of my first photographs were all about flowers and inside of them. The Macro lens progressed from flowers to insects and was almost disturbing. The smallest things became the size of me. Things I couldn't see with the naked eye became giants. If I reflect on it, I knew there was more in the world than what I could see, but to actually see it is different. It's like a trillion worlds within a world.

I have had the chance to see how the leg of a walking stick fits into its body and how some of their legs look like blades of grass. I saw the microscopic droplets of water on the back of a cricket and lady bug. I camped out in front of a pond trying to capture a photo of a chubby dragon fly. I got one, semi decent shot. Too blurry to print or show in a photo contest or my website but I kept it anyway. When I saw this dragonfly's face it was cartoon like and looked like it was smiling.

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Still Learning

I haven't mastered this lens, but someday I will. Now I like find places where I can see things I never saw before.


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    • Enlydia Listener profile image

      Enlydia Listener 

      6 years ago from trailer in the country

      Great photos.

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      frogyfish 

      6 years ago from Central United States of America

      Delightful sharing in work and picture. I loved the ant pix. I'm for you, with you, do enjoy that new-found beauty...and then share some more!

    • Cara.R profile imageAUTHOR

      Cara 

      6 years ago from New York

      Thank you, I hope you get the chance to use the macro lens. I am glad you enjoyed the photos. It's so amazing, almost shockingly beautiful. I love looking into flowers with it. There's a little world in there.

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      P. Thorpe Christiansen 

      6 years ago from Pacific Northwest, USA

      Wonderful photos. I have always wanted to work with a macro lens and haven't had the chance. I enjoyed this very much.

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      Poetic Fool 

      6 years ago

      It's called "Serious Nature Photography With Your Cell Phone Camera". I have a macro lens set for my SLR but haven't used it in quite a while. Maybe I should dust if off, so to speak.

    • Cara.R profile imageAUTHOR

      Cara 

      6 years ago from New York

      Thanks Poet...the macro lens is pretty cool...even if I never took a photo with it I would carry it around just to see things I can't see. I'm looking for your hub, I went through seven pages I think :)) Could you tell me the name of it. I'll still keep looking.

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      Poetic Fool 

      6 years ago

      Cara, great hub and wonderful photos! I love photography too though I haven't written any hubs on it other than one about nature photography using a cell phone camera. It's amazing what you can do with an 8 mp cell phone camera! I would be interested in your comments on it. Great job! Maybe I'll write a few photography hubs as well.

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      proudmamma 

      6 years ago

      Interesting hub..enjoyed the photos! Voted up and interesting.

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      lzlpio90 

      6 years ago

      The second picture looks creepy! But, this photos looks so great and fantastic!!!

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      Coolmon2009 

      6 years ago from Texas, USA

      Interesting article and nice close ups, thanks for sharing

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      Randy McLaughlin 

      6 years ago from Liberia, Costa Rica

      Some nice shots here! The problem with a macro is that it is very flat field, so it is difficult to get any depth to the photos. I have a 35 mm Sony DSLR, but I find that my point and shoot Sony WSC 100 sometimes takes better photos. It takes a lot of experimentation sometimes to see what works.

    • Cara.R profile imageAUTHOR

      Cara 

      6 years ago from New York

      Thank You Carolinemd for the nice comment. For now my website is on Facebook. I'm shopping around for another place to go but I'm still not sure.

      I started with a compact camera and tried every setting it offered then I purchased my first Canon DSLR because of the lenses. Cell phone cameras and even compacts can take beautiful photos, it's not the camera it's the person behind it. So if you want to take photos just get any camera and start snapping away.

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      Caroline Marie 

      6 years ago

      Really interesting hub Cara. Gorgeous photos. I always wanted to learn more about photography. You are very talented at capturing the beauty of the simplest things in nature. Would love to see your website. Voted up and beautiful!

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