A table top tripod
A water bottle
A macro lens
And some time
I have always loved to see a macro picture. Ruth West inspires me so much with her wonderful macro’s of flowers.
I have been trying to use my macro lens a lot lately with varying degrees of success.
I finally bought myself a tabletop tripod, Oh my, so much better.
Last weekend I bought some Single Peony’s unnamed, unfortunately, from the supermarket, specifically to practice with and picked some stems from the
jungle garden. Dandelion, a thistle, a bluebell and Muscari.
I gave myself some time and set up on the kitchen table. I get great light from the east facing window.
I was fortunate to be able to leave everything out all day for a couple of days.
I realised quite quickly that the remote shutter release would be beneficial.
I am delighted with the results. Obviously I have a long way to go but now I see some reasonable results it encourages me so much.
I don’t really need the macro lens: it was a present, and I love it of course. I think it is the tripod that is making the biggest difference. The remote shutter release is really fantastic, not only does it stop you from moving the camera when you press the shutter but I can half press the shutter with it as well, even less touching the camera.
The tabletop tripod is so light that you can move it easily, less knob turning to learn and do! I struggle with tripods!
I had a lovely few days with my camera. The Peony’s were tight buds when I brought them home. I watched them send out their sticky sugary substance.
Then one petal emerged from its bud followed by the whole bud emerging into this lovely flower.
This morning the other flower was open and by this afternoon the third bud has opened, so not so expensive after all. Something that gave me so much joy was so worth the few pounds I paid.
I am linking to Mona’s Floral Love today and will be guaranteed some lovely blooms. We have fierce, almost gale force winds here today, there will be no blooms left in my town by the morning.
I hope it is calm where you are.