What we have here is a small little creature that will grow up to be a lovely ladybug. Yup, it’s a ladybug larvae. I captured this guy (or lady) on a park bench yesterday. As usual when I see insects this size, I immediately flipped over my lens and setup for a reverse-lens macro shot. If I recall correctly, I took thisat about 135mm with the lens propped up against the arm of the bench (I was lucky that I had something to brace against). This means I was able to be really still in comparison to many of my other RLM shots. This image still has focus issues which I’ve decided to blame on the minuscule DOF. This was shot at 1/320, so camera shake should have been minimized. Oh how this taunts me into getting a real macro lens.
Today I bought a circular polarizing filter. So naturally, what is the first thing I do to break it in? Take it off the camera and do some reverse-lens macro shots. It’s what you would have done, right? That’s what I thought.
What we’re looking at here is a little daisy that was growing in the grass field of a local school. This was taken at 135mm focal length. Isn’t this shot one that is required of anyone taking flower photos? I thought it was, so I made my attempt at it.
Encouraged by Tracy and Michaela discussing lens extensions, I thought I’d give it a go. Only, I don’t have any, and I don’t have a macro lens. To top things off, I want to experiment with light leaks. So why not make the best of the situation? Reverse lens macro on the 135mm lens, hand-held, about 3/4″ away from the body. Perfect!
This is a white clover flower. You know, the little white flowers in the grass at the park. For this shot I laid down in the grass on my stomach and used the ground to place my elbows on while holding the lens and the camera body. I love the light leak colors from this technique. The challenges here are the razor thin DOF and the moving parts — The lens, the flower, the body. Sharp focus is something I haven’t quite mastered yet, but this one is pretty good.