For Christmas, HH gave me a macro lens for my Nikon D40X camera. I have been playing around with it since with mixed results. He bought it so I could take extreme bug closeups. I often write articles about insects: the good, the bad and the ugly, and many publications want photos with the articles.
I’d zoomed in with my other camera lens, but when you must get so close to the insect to almost touch it, well . . . it flies away, or may even sting you. Insects are cranky that way.
While at the GWA Symposium in Portland last fall, I went to a great session by David Perry and Mark Turner. They shared shots they took during the convention with their small point and shoot cameras and explained how they did it. The pictures were amazing, and the photographers humble, but I suspect talent and expertise had something to do with their success.
I’ve used their tips and ideas about positioning and light. I like my little P&S, a Sony CyberShot, similar to this Sony Cybershot DSCW120 7.2MP Digital Camera with 4x Optical Zoom with Super Steady Shot (Silver). It stays in my car for the occasional sunrise or frolicking horse I see during kid transport. My children share my enthusiasm when I stop the car on the side of the road and jump out, camera in my left hand, my right, one finger up, indicating I’ll be only a moment. They’re so proud of their mother’s journalistic efforts. You should try it with your kids. They love it. They really do.
But I digress . . . .
Even though I enjoy the Sony, I love my Nikon D40X and D90 best. These are some of my macro photos of a beautiful bouquet I bought for a dinner party I had last weekend. I found gorgeous white Hyrdrangeas and lime green spider mums in an Oklahoma Target. They came with the palest pink roses. Amazing, I know! I bought two bouquets and combined them to get a “best of” combo. Even so, they were cheaper than an arrangement from a florist. If Target keeps this up, we really will have to pronounce it “Tar-jay.” They still look great, although the roses are showing their age.
When I walk by the table, I tell them, “me too,” and then I laugh.
I think winter is getting to me.
This afternoon, I went to a local nursery just to walk around and breathe the air. I bought some seeds. I feel better.