My camera is like an extension of me, I feel undressed if I don’t have my camera with me or near me. I bring it with me every day I go out in the garden and I take pictures practically every day. A lot of the pictures end up here on my blog, some are just for experimentation in Photoshop, some experiments end up nice enough to be displayed on my website and my newly opened online art gallery and some pictures are simply just scrapped. I take around 5000 pictures per year but I have taken considerably more in previous years.
I love all sorts of photography gadgets, it’s just a shame most of them cost a fortune! My camera is a Canon EOS 600D and I still haven’t been able to buy a second lens to it, I only have the lens that came with the camera and on my very long wish list for when I win the lottery there is a nice second lens and a very expensive macro lens. I was therefore very pleased when I discovered these macro close-up screw-on lenses at Amazon, a set of 4 different lenses for £11.24, with free postage. These lenses screw on to the end of the cameras lens and allow you to go much closer to your subject than what your camera normally would allow you. However, at £11.24 you probably understand that there is a price to pay? OK, number one is quality. The quality is nowhere near what you will get with a proper macro lens, but you would not expect that for £11.24, would you? And your subject tend to be a bit soft around the edges, not really a problem if you are photographing flowers, but it might be if you want to photograph something flat that is going to fill the whole image. I am not sure I could use these lenses for big poster enlargements, but for downscaled pictures on the web I think the quality is fine. The kit comes with 4 lenses at +1, +2, +4 and +10 magnification. I took the following series of pictures with the +10 lens today. The pictures will definitely look better if you click on them and get the full size!
Strawberry leaves, ready to burst out in the crisp sunshine.
Primula vulgaris. I didn’t know they were so dirty until I got the pictures onto my computer!
Narcissi 'Falconet' – just about to open.
Sedum erythrosticum 'Frosty Morn' just emerging.
Crocus 'Golden Yellow'.
Using these screw on lenses means you have to make sure you take pictures in good light, the crisp sunshine I had in my garden today provided plentiful of that, and the sun also made all my close-up flowers sparkle. That’s something I have noticed before when taking pictures in bright sunshine, that the flowers sparkle. I wonder if perhaps all flowers sparkle in bright sunshine, it’s just I haven’t seen it yet? Perhaps a future project; take close-up photos of all the flowers in my garden in sunshine and see if they sparkle! Well, not today though, so I’ll leave you with one more Golden Yellow crocus, until next time, take care.
Crocus 'Golden Yellow'.