Last week, one of the Picture Spring prompts required us to find a dandelion that had gone to seed. None of mine had at that time, but they did a few days later, and I thought it would be fun to see what kind of images I could get, even though Picture Spring is over.
I started with the super macro setting on my camera. I use that setting a lot, because it allows me to get up really close – the object can practically touch the lens – and gives me a nice shallow depth of field that I can’t get with my camera normally.
Then I got out of super macro, zoomed out all the way to 20x, and snapped on the super macro conversion lens Neil got me for Christmas. These images are the result of that:
Pretty neat, eh? The depth of field is so exceedingly shallow with the combination of my 20x zoom fixed lens and the snap-on macro lens that I only had to move the camera a matter of a millimeter or two to get it to focus on the different areas of the dandelion.
I did the same thing with a tiny purple flower I’ve never seen before. The head of this flower was no more than 1/2-inch. Built-in super macro first, followed by zoom + macro lens:
I think I’m going to have a lot of fun with this snap-on lens as more and more flowers bloom this season…