I didn’t used to like the spring season very much. One day the weather would be good and the next it would be cold and raining, making my walks unpredictable. But since I started Camera Walking I love spring, and have discovered that spring is all about awakening to the beauty around us.
There is so much to explore. In the past I have written about walking with a different lens to get a new perspective, so this weekend I decided to try out my macro lens (Canon Macro EF-S 60mm) on my walk. I haven’t used this lens in over a year because I have been able to get good close up photos with my Canon 24-105mm lens.
And with my iPhone iPro Lens System macro lens.
But I felt moved to stir up my senses and perspective, so I grabbed my Canon 60D with my macro lens and had a great time.
Looking at the above photos you might wonder what the difference is between close up and macro photography. Using a macro lens gives you the ability to reproduce a life-sized image of an object on the sensor. True macro lenses offer a magnification factor of 1.0x or 1:1 at its closest focus setting. Macro lenses also produce a shallower depth of field – focusing on the object with the background out of focus.
Close up photography can be achieved by zooming in to the object, and with a lower F-stop you can blur the background. In my experience they both achieve great shots. If you are serious about macro photography, investing in a great lens and using a tripod is the best strategy to be able to get extremely close and prevent blurry photos. If you want to learn more about macro photography, Lynda.com, which you can find a link on our marketplace page, has excellent tutorials, such as this one.
Since Camera Walking with a tripod isn’t very convenient, I hand held my camera, increased my ISO settings and played with my f-stop (2.8-7.1) to be sure that I could capture the details without losing the benefit of the shallow depth of field and magnification.
It was great getting up close and capturing the rain drops on the flowers.
And playing with the range of my 60mm lens allowed me to capture flowers from a farther distance, keeping the focus and the blurred background.
I experimented with different shots at various distances using the same settings and was pleased with the results.
And found that it worked pretty well on distance shots, such as the Monorail below.
And the the shot of the building across the street provided a closer and tighter view than if I had used my 24-70mm lens.
Although I enjoyed the scenes that I captured, the true benefit of a macro lens is capturing photos up close and personal.
Using a different lens, my Canon 60mm macro, turned my routine neighborhood walk into a new exploration. It awakened my awareness of the beauty of nature, the benefits of spring, and I returned home feeling fulfilled. In addition, I got great exercise at the same time!
So grab your camera, try a different lens, and go out Camera Walking and enjoy the beauty around you while achieving better health, fitness and creativity.