Flower Friday: Playing with Close Up Filters

Today is the day for Flower Friday blog posts, the sun is shining and I have the day off work.  I am always inspired by the fabulous photography on Gwirrel’s Garden website and today her post playing with light, with very clever photographs of dew laden grass and magenta sedum, is no exception.   Regularly visiting blogs written by photographers is an excellent way of obtaining creative ideas.

I  have a long way to go to match some of the photographs published on blogs and am still very much in the learning stage even though I have had my Nikon D3100 for over a year.  I have been on courses and bought books on photography, but for me the best way to learn is trial and error.  The great thing about digital cameras is that you can just delete poor pics, gone is the expense of  film with photos turning out to be rubbish.    The one thing I have gathered is that the ability to see what could be a great shot means you are halfway there.

A good macro lens is almost the same price of a camera and something that I aspire to eventually, when funds allow.   In the meantime, I have a set of close up lenses from +1 to +10 and these screw together to make up a variety of magnifications.  It is fun chopping and changing the lenses to get different views of the same thing.

The following “trial and error” photographs were taken using a combination of two close up lenses: +2 alone, +10 alone and the two together making +10. +12 (maths was never my strong point).   The sharpness is not quite there, because every time I focused in, the wind blew – such is the problem with photography!  Also I think I should have used a tripod.  However, soft focus is also acceptable, and that is certainly what these are.

These tiny flowers are part of the Fatsia Japonica that I have growing outside at the back of the house.

Happy Flower Friday everyone!

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18 thoughts on “Flower Friday: Playing with Close Up Filters

  1. Lovely photography Ronnie. I try also to learn more. I put some of mine on my blog. Time is an issue but you have inspired me to go out and do more when my house extension is finished. I am hitting sixty next year and not looking forward to it. Your blog helps.
    xxxx

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      1. I love seeing detail when I get up close to plants/animals… sometimes it’s just so amazing and exciting! I easily get ‘in the zone’ and get far too carried away 🙂

        Btw, did you have a nice day off work? Did the builders turn up?

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