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Saturday, January 10, 2009

Snowdrop... macro:

What a joy a macro lens is! And, to think, I have just today discovered it. Last May, when my DH insisted I should have a new camera to take to the AHS National Convention, I purchased three lenses (also). The one I have used since buying it has been an all purpose general 30mm lens. I also bought the macro used above and a zoom lens (with image stabilizer).

I don't know why I haven't used the others. I suspect I was a bit afraid of them and thought I needed to learn a bunch of stuff (which I surely do). However, I couldn't capture the snowdrop with the 30mm and so, on a whim, got out the macro. Who knew the auto focus function also works with it! Whoopee! Now, I'm wondering why I didn't use this in Houston!

I can hardly wait for some of my special snowdrops to bloom! What fun it will be to see them so perfectly up close!

Just for fun, I trained the macro on some self-seeded Johnny Jump Ups (violas) an aside, about time I have some of these! After years of planting them, at last, they are returning. It looks like a packet of seeds was spilled in one area...lots of little plants....anyway, they are a bit weather worn, but here they are:

Finally, I noticed some of the hellebores are starting to bloom. I actually had to back up to take this picture (what a lot I have to learn):


Chandramouli S said...

I see you had a great time with your Macro lens. ahhh! Wish I had such a great camera. Great pictures!

Chandramouli S said...

BTW, Strange that you posted this blogpost today and it doesn't update on my blog list. It still shows your previous post a week ago....

LostRoses said...

Those are great shots! And isn't fun to learn something new about your camera? I did the same thing with my little digital - a year later I discovered settings I didn't know I had. I think we have to "ease" into these things.

You have flowers, how exciting! My yard is dead and dry, not even any snow to make it look pretty.

FlowerLady said...

Lovely shots. I also love using the macro setting on my camera. It's why I got my new camera last year.


Country Gardener said...

There's nothing better than a good macro lens for capturing those flowers close up. It's even more fun in your garden in spring.

Jan (ThanksFor2Day) said...

I'm reading some of your older posts now (not 'old'; from January!). I, too, am just learning about all the features of my camera. I got it for my birthday a year ago, and have NEVER looked at the owners manual. Don't know why...I just dislike reading directions for some reason:)
My next birthday will be in March--and, hubby got me a macro lens. It was supposed to be a surprise, but
Fed Ex came to the door recently & I answered the door, and opened the box...well, you can guess the rest! I have only taken one or 2 photos with it. I need to get outside and use it in the garden-

I must tell you that it was just now that I realized you had already been to my blog and left a message, on the 'Remember' poem that I'd written. I had no idea you had a college age daughter. I guess I wasn't paying enough attention; I feel overwhelmed with comments and trying to get back with everyone. My daughter is at CNU; she chose it over 4 other schools and I wasn't sure about it at first-but she loves it there. She's majoring in Psych. and will stay for the 5th year masters in teaching.
Well, that's enough personal info on a comment...sorry for the length of this. Have a great day 'in your garden'! Jan

Jan (ThanksFor2Day) said...

My hellebores are the same color as yours:) Last week there were no blooms. I need to go out and check today. Perhaps you have a micro climate that I don't have...

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