Spider | Sunday 14 July, 2013 | Nikon D5100 | Composer | 1/125 sec | ISO 400

Lens baby macro

Jochen Spalding posted an image to ADN that he took with a lens baby. I responded that I had borrowed a lens, baby but never got the hang of using it. He encouraged me to try again, so ... I did. After breakfast, I attached a 10x macro lens and attempted to capture some images. I tried taking some photos of raindrops on some leaves in the backyard. I noticed the spider, so I focused on that instead. It took some effort. The spider kept moving, and holding the camera steady was a challenge. I had to use my trip with the camera mounted a few inches from the spider. I used the flip screen on the camera, and I could not get close enough to shoot through the viewfinder without disturbing the web.

I could do better. I could have used a narrower aperture to get more depth of field and perhaps used a flash to provide extra illumination.

In the afternoon, I decided to try again with a different subject. This is a flower from one of the many hostas growing in my garden. The challenge here was the slight breeze that caused the flower stalk to sway slightly. It made focusing difficult, and as with the spider, it took me almost 30 minutes to get this shot.

With a bit of patience and practice, I will get better results from this Lensbaby.

Sunday 14 July, 2013 | Nikon D5100 | Composer | 115 sec at f/5.6 | ISO 100