Venturing into new territory can be scary, even when it’s within something you know like the back of your hand. To me the little details in life mean everything, without them things would not be as they are. There’s a whole world that we don’t see living right under our noses, but we need some help seeing it.
Macro photography has always intrigued me, probably because it’s bringing a world that is so small to life. Photographer, Vyacheslav Mishchenko, has a whole series of snails shot in macro, I know it sounds funny but the photos are amazing. I started looking into ways that I could shoot in macro without spending a few hundred dollars on another lens. There are filters and rings to do reverse macro, this might seem crazy and it did to me too at first. I got a ring to shoot in reverse macro, which really just means that I take my lens off of my camera and turn it around, to mount it backwards. Makes sense right? A lens magnifies what we see so turning it around would do the opposite, brilliant!
Turns out, as brilliant as it was, I had to relearn how to shoot. Just turning the lens around proved to be harder than I thought, you loose the option to focus with the focus ring. You have to physically move closer or further way to get the right focus. You also need a lot of light, the aperture setting turns to ‘00.’ I used a handful of flashlights and some natural light in order to get my pictures. After a lot of trial and error, I finally was able to get some amazing photos of snowflakes during our last winter dusting.
Now that it’s spring, I looking forward to practicing on the flowers in my garden to get the details in the petals and leaves. If you don’t have a ring or filter you can still practice shooting in macro, all you have to do is turn your lens around and shoot free lens reverse macro. It is more difficult but a great way to start practicing while you wait for your filter or ring to arrive.
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