So, it's been a while since I last posted. Everything has been a tiny bit manic the past month. I've been working super-hard on some wedding jewellery, which I finally finished yesterday, and an exciting new derby-related collaboration, which is also nearly done, hurrah!
In between all the madness, I took a couple of days off to go home and see my family. Whilst I was there, I picked up the Canon macro lens that I've been coveting for the past year (they were offering £60 cashback on it - how could I refuse...?)
Suspect that the lens may currently be wasted on me, given that I've only recently learned what an f/stop is, but I'm hoping I'll grow into it!
Took a few shots just to play with it - all handheld, but you'd usually use a tripod with a macro lens.
Started off with mum's gorgeous little cat, Pudding. She looks a bit startled here, as I forgot to switch off the flash. I had this picture open in Lightroom filling the screen of our big monitor, which scared the boy as he walked past! He was all like "why is there a giant evil-eyed cat head on the computer?"
I was also using auto-focus, so the camera picks the bit it wants to focus on, rather than what I would have chosen. Look how it picks up all the tiny detail of her fur though - amazing!
The cat eventually grew tired of being my subject and hid her face in her paws, then also turned her back on me for good measure!
So I retreated outside to take pictures of Mum's plants. It was a bit windy, which made it slightly difficult, especially without a tripod.
An ugly fly. Lens managed to capture the detail on it's wings though.
I liked this one - it's a closeup of a dandelion.
And my favourite subject - a bee! Mum has this plant/bush thing at the end of the garden, which attracts these MASSIVE bumblebees. They were weighed down with so much pollen, they were struggling to fly and I had to duck several times as they accidentally divebombed me on their way out of the plant!
Again, this was handheld with no flash, so the focus is a bit iffy, but you can see all the detail on its stripy fur. I did spend some time stalking the bees round the garden, but they were even less co-operative as subjects than the cat.
Also took some shots of my nanny's swarovski crystal ornaments. I love how it throws all the background out of focus - can't wait to try it on some jewellery shots.
This is a super closeup of a glass ashtray on a patterned rug:
So far I am loving the lens, even just playing with it. I'll post some more pictures once I've had time to shoot some jewellery with it. Exciting!