Thursday, April 23, 2009

Canon 180mm macro - and on the road again...

I had a great time testing my new lens the other day - it's a fantastic piece of glass, and I'm absolutely thrilled to have an excellent macro lens at last. Now, all I have to do is learn how to take a good macro shot.

I took this shot in my garden - it's a 1-inch tall Grape Hyacinth flower (Muscari Armeniacum). I chose the black and white treatment because, for me at least, the image is more about texture and repetition of form than it is about color.

You can see the detail in the 100% crop below - unsharpened. (Click on the image to see it at full size.) Beautiful. I like my new lens. :)

Today, we drove South to Virginia - we're headed for the Smokey Mountains in Tennessee. I'm looking forward to a few days in the mountains.

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Blogger Heather said...

Wow Varina, very very nice.

April 23, 2009 at 10:40 PM  
Blogger Varina Patel said...

Thanks, Heather. :) I can't wait to play with this lens some more!

April 24, 2009 at 5:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Varina.

Wonderful macro image!
Congrats with the new lens...Looking forward to your next macros.

I am actually waiting for my Tokina AT-X ProD 100mm f.2.8 to arrive...the 300mm just can`t get close enough when crawling on all fours :-)

Have a great trip and take care, my friend.

Best regards
Seung Kye

April 24, 2009 at 6:48 AM  
Blogger Varina Patel said...

Thanks, Seung Kye! I took a few shots with the new lens today, but won't have a chance to process them until I get home. I'm hoping to get some more shots tomorrow - after we shoot the sunrise. :)

Good luck with your new lens! I hope you'll let me know when you have some new photos!

April 24, 2009 at 10:52 PM  

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