Posts Tagged With: Bokeh

Day 187: To Macro or Not to Macro?

Speaking of my over-grown yard, if you missed it you can read it here, I wanted to see how close I could get to objects with my Sigma 18-250 Macro lens. I’ve never done any kind of macro shot, and even though this isn’t a dedicated Macro lens (it is only a 1:3), you are still supposed to get impressively close shots.

I am not exactly blown away with the results that I got today, this sprig of stickers (or sand spurs as some people call them) isn’t really jaw-dropping or life-changing — though I do really like the bookeh. I know that many people take photographs of bugs when they are shooting macro, but I am not planning to hang out with the hornets, wasps, or mosquitos just to get a cool shot. I did however, spot this dead grasshopper/bug thing while walking through the yard and decided it was non-threatening enough to take photographs of, but it sure isn’t going to win me any macro photography contests.

What am I doing wrong? Am I shooting the wrong subject, or maybe one truly needs a dedicated macro lens? What do you think?

Do you shoot macro? What gear do you use?

Nikon D7200
ISO 1250
1/100 seconds

Dead BugNikon D7200
ISO 100
1/125 second

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Day 54 Theme: Bokeh

Bokeh, a popular topic among photographers, is obtained by the photographer using a wide open aperture to create a distinct blur the background of an image while maintaining the clear focus of the object in the foreground. Nikon explains the process on their website here. Until recently, I didn’t know the difference between this and Depth of Field, and to be honest, it still isn’t overly clear to me. But, it seems that I have been taking photos with a Bokeh effect, even without even knowing it. 🙂

This photo was taken on Sunday while walking around the gardens at a local museum.

Nikon D7200
ISO 100
185 mm
1/125 sec

Tomorrow’s theme: Clouds

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