Capturing Spring Through a Macro Lens

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.

Yellow Buds taken with Canon 24-105 lens

Yellow Buds taken with Canon 24-105 lens

And with my iPhone iPro Lens System macro lens.

Green! Taken with iPhone with iPro Macro Lens

Green! Taken with iPhone with iPro 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.

Purple Rain

Purple Rain Macro ISO 200 f7.1

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.

Transformation

Transformation

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.

Wilting Blossom

Wilting Blossom Macro Lens ISO 400 f 2.8

It was great getting up close and capturing the rain drops on the flowers.

Heads Down Macro ISO 200 f7.1

Heads Down Macro ISO 200 f7.1

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.

Tulip Patch Macro Lens ISO 200 f2.8

Tulip Patch Macro Lens ISO 200 f2.8

I experimented with different shots at various distances using the same settings and was pleased with the results.

Peaceful Face Macro ISO 200 f2.8

Peaceful Face Macro ISO 200 f2.8

And found that it worked pretty well on distance shots, such as the Monorail below.

Monorail - Macro Lens ISO400 f7.1

Monorail – Macro Lens ISO 400 f7.1

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.

Morning Sun

Morning Sun Macro Lens ISO 400 f7.1

Although I enjoyed the scenes that I captured, the true benefit of a macro lens is capturing photos up close and personal.

Back View Macro Lens ISO 320 f7.1

Back View Macro Lens ISO 320 f7.1

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!

Tulip Beauty Macro ISO 400 f 7.1

Tulip Beauty Macro ISO 400 f 7.1

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.

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