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.