One aspect of photography I've never got into - until now - is macro photography, which simply means close-ups of small things, often things like flowers and insects. There are specialised macro lenses which allow very close focussing, but they are expensive, so I've gone for a set of Kenko extension tubes, which can be used between my camera and any of my existing lenses, to give a similar result. The big challenge with macro shots is that depth of field gets extremely shallow, so coping with that will be interesting.
The header on this page is one of my first attempts, just taking the eyes of the little wooden "mascot" we picked up in Finland in 2016, the little guy on the right, who can't be more than about 15 cms in real life. I'll put up a few other samples of my early attempts, noting that I haven't been really ambitious, really close-up, yet!
Royal Botanic Gardens - 3 Feb
Not surprisingly, the Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney is a popular venue for both artists and photographers, both for what lies within its boundaries and also for the great views it provides of some of the city's iconic landmarks and activities. Hence lots of tourists also!
While Anne attended her workshop, I worked on my technique in two opposing directions - using my big telephoto lens, and getting to know my new extension tubes for close-up work, as explained above. With some in-between distances and even a few videos thrown in for good measure. I have divided the day into two galleries, which can be accessed by tap/clicking on the relevant image. Now I just need to cull them somewhat, particularly the out-of-focus flowers!