I’ve always been a fan of macro photography. The tiny details in flowers, insects, etc are absolutely fascinating, and when captured right, can make for absolutely stunning photographs. As someone who almost always has their wide angle lens permanently fixed on their camera, macro photography is a bit of an enigma to me, but something I’ve always wanted to try. Not having a macro lens in the bag makes this pretty difficult, but I decided to head out a few nights ago with my 24-105 to see what I could do with a perfect dandelion I had seen earlier in the evening.
Below is a 100% crop from my 50D. Not bad. I ran this as a single RAW through Photomatix and then played around a bit in Lightroom and Photoshop to arrive at the final image. Not nearly as awesome as it could have been with a macro lens, but I’m very happy I did this bit of experimenting. And who knows…maybe one day I’ll invest in a macro lens 🙂