This is another composition that I took during the Mike Moats Macro Boot Camp. This palm-sized, sandy-colored piece of flat stone with dark contrasting veins immediately caught my attention and I was quick to grab it when the class began the working portion of our day. I was quite charmed by the outline of the “face” which wasn’t even apparent until after I’d captured with my camera.
The hardest thing about macro (for me) is that I don’t have the right gear. Sure, I have a great camera that takes fantastic pictures, but my foundation is all wrong. Based on what I’ve learned, you can take some pretty amazing macro shots as long as you have the right gear, which I don’t. For example, my tripod is set up with a panning ball head, which is perfect for shooting herding events and fast action, but stinks for taking super close macro shots and stills. When you’re laying on your belly in a swamp you don’t want to have to spend fifteen minutes twisting and turning three handles to get your camera positioned and locked down where you want it. And you can forget about shooting macro without a tripod … the slow shutter speeds totally prohibit hand holding your camera. So for now, tripod manipulation and operation is my most formidable obstacle. Sure, I could get a different ball head for my tripod, but then that leads to needing a different bracket to attach the ball head to my camera. It never ends., this constant wish list of “necessities.”
March 26, 2011 3:02 PM EST.
Canon EOS 7D
ISO: 200, 90mm, 1.0 sec at f/11
Lens: Tamron 90mm