I was about to sell my Olympus 60mm Macro lens because I didn't think I was going to like macro photography, but lately I've come to really enjoy this lens and this style of photography. This lens is not only good for getting real close and capturing worlds we can barely see with the naked eye, but it is a fantastic portrait lens as well. Very sharp and superb quality images. You'll probably see more from me with this lens in the future.
It's early February here in Okinawa and the cherry blossoms have been out for over a week now. Cherry blossoms carry a special significance here in Japan, with it symbolizing the start of spring. One thing I've noticed different from the cherry blossoms here in Okinawa vs. the ones in Tokyo, they seem to be more red in color. The ones in Tokyo are a very light pink; almost white.
There are numerous festivals and celebrations in locations with lots of cherry trees. I decided I wanted to avoid the crowds and found a small park near my home with a few trees with cherry blossoms. I grabbed my camera and the 60mm macro lens and started shooting from a lot of different compositions. It was a fun time to practice getting focus with this lens when you are only a couple inches from the subject. Of course the beauty of macro lenses are the ability to get the wonderful bokeh (background out of focus). With a 120mm equivalent focal length and usually only 3-4 inches from the blossoms, I can get the background out of focus even at f8 - f10. I kept the processing only in Lightroom this time because there was no reason to use anything else. Please enjoy the gallery below.
This morning I was taking our dogs for a walk and shortly after we started, the rain started to come down. I quickly turned around and returned the dogs to our house, but as I was entering our building I noticed a number of flowers blooming. I then thought I would grab my camera and my macro lens to see what I could do before heading to church. The first one above is an example of using the water drop as a fisheye lens. You can see our apartment building and more flowers in the bubble (of course everything is upside down). Another thing I wasn't expecting was how the water seemed to encapsulate some of the pieces.
Last Saturday, I decided to head out early to get in a sunrise shoot at Hamahiga Island. I usually don't get too many keepers from these type of shoots because the exceptional lighting is so fleeting, you usually only get one look from one position before it is all gone. Fortunately the light had several different stages on this morning and I made a concerted effort to not stick to one area taking a lot of photos of the same thing. I changed lenses, moved locations and I was fortunate that good light stuck around for awhile. You can see the captions for some more about each of the following photos.
Working on trying to get better with macro photography. The one thing I learned was a tripod is important to get clear photos of such minuscule subjects. Fortunately, the built-in stabilization on my Olympus OM-D camera is very good so I was able to get this in focus.
Working with my new Olympus 60mm Macro lens. Getting real close to very small subjects.