Close Up Filters and a Hyacinth

Because I have a tight budget, I can’t yet afford to buy a macro lens for my Nikon,  it has been with a sense of frustration not to be able to take really good close-ups.   This was until recently when I read that you could buy close up filters as an alternative option to an expensive macro lens.   The filters do not give the clear, crispness you would get a proper macro lens but sometimes it is nice to have a soft effect.

It was with a great sense of excitement when my parcel arrived with a set of 4 close up lenses: +1  +2  +4  +10.   Eager for the right opportunity to arise to use them, I had been hoping for snow or a hoar frost but on the coast we have been spared this, although it is very very cold outside at the moment.

Last week my friend bought me a hyacinth to cheer me up as I am going through a bit of a rough patch at the moment at work, but more about that in a later blog when it is all over.   Back to the hyacinth – I walked into my lounge this morning and the perfume was heady.   It struck me that this would be a fabulous starting point to get to grips with close ups.  I had to play around with the filters for a while but this is what I have finished up with.  Hope you like them and they conjure up the sweet fragrance of a hyacinth.

16 thoughts on “Close Up Filters and a Hyacinth

  1. Hello,
    Great photos!
    I have close-up rings (filters) for my old film camera that I don’t use anymore. They were a lot of fun to experiment with. My digital camera has a macro setting, instead of a separate macro lens.
    You have done a wonderful job with these lovely white hyacinths!
    We are having very cold weather here, too – the coldest for this Winter.
    Lea
    Mississippi, USA

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  2. I dont know about macros Ronnie, but can certainly smell fragance, as the friend who gave you the plant I am so pleased that they have not only provided you with the joy of this particular bulb, but an opportunity to take some fabulous photographs. You and I know where they came from and we can always expect that sort of quality! Keep warm, I like the idea of the lap top as a hot water bottle!

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    1. Mine are on the table in the window, so when the sun shines in the warmth really enriches the fragrance. I had to take them outside to photograph them because of the light, so got very cold whilst shoting! 🙂

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  3. Great info Ronnie about the lens…I absolutely adore hyacinths and mine are up a bit but it is still too cold to have them pop up and bloom…..so I am content to see these magnificent flowers…my fav spring scent and I can just smell them in my imagination.

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  4. So beautiful. It reminded me of when I was small. My father couldn’t afford filters for his camera – so he improvised with transparent sweet papers. He took some amazing shots. One day I’ll give it a go, but I haven’t been brave enough yet.

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  5. Can see what fun you are having – focusing a camera like this can help focus one’s attention and one’s thoughts too. Hope the hyacinth studies are helping to soothe and firm your heart.

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  6. Hope the week ended on a sweet note for you. These images prove that expensive lenses aren’t necessary to create beautiful images. Your willingness to experiment paid off very well!!!!!

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