I first fell in love with macro photography back in 1997, I think it was. I had joined a photography club where some people showed macro photos of flowers; it was instant love.
Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get a macro lens back then. It didn’t mean I stopped longing for one.
Even during my arts degree much of my work was still life and up-close work. It continued really until it got to a point where I knew I needed to get a macro lens. The problem is that they were, or are, very expensive.
I had to find other ways of doing it. I tried and used extension tubes, and then close-up filters. They were fine for a while, but in a way they just made me crave a macro lens even more.
In 2014 I was given an opportunity from Nikon to try out a 40mm macro lens.
It was good and also really bad. I told you in a recent post how much trouble I had with the lens. I found the first photos I took with it.
They weren’t great, but I loved doing them.
From this moment on I became obsessed with getting a macro lens.
I was loaned a Tamron 90mm for a while from a company in Sydney that has since closed. Here are some photos taken with it.
Since I only had a loan of the lens I did have to send it back.
It is amazing what can happen when you desperately want something. Sometimes you find a way.
I hate to say it but my photography business was always a bit of a joke and made very little money. Yes, I was a failure when it came to trying to make money from my photography. I tried for years and when I gave that up three years ago I have to admit I have been so much happier. Maybe I can do a post about that one day if you want to hear about it.
Anyway, so I wanted this macro lens. I ended up applying for a grant.
My local council was doing grants and I applied for one. In the grant, I said I would do a book and that I needed a macro lens for it. It was approved and I finally got the lens. I purchased a Nikon 105mm lens. It did mean I had to do a book as well. That was another experience I wouldn’t repeat. It was a massive flop. I hardly sold any copies of it.
I could have purchased a Tamron macro, but I figured if I was being given the money to buy it, why not get the Nikon one. I think if I hadn’t got the grant I would have ended up with the Tamron macro and been very happy with it.
Here are some of my first photos with the Nikon Macro lens.
The Nikon and I have had a wonderful time over the years, but I fear now that I have the Fujifilm 80mm macro I might have to retire it.
So I’ve been doing macro photography since 2014 and I have loved it. Along the way, I have picked up more gear, especially Lensbaby stuff.
I do have to say though, that macro photography did take a back seat for most of those years. I concentrated on the business and doing landscape and city photography.
Then the pandemic hit.
It was just before the pandemic that I made the agreement with my husband that I would stop the business side of photography and concentrate more on home. However, even with the pandemic I still wanted to take photos.
The best way to take photos was to look at doing things like food photography and macro.
I don’t do a lot of food now, almost none. I am, however, doing a lot of macro photography. Over the last three years I have taken more photos of flowers than anything else.
One thing about doing so much photography in the garden also meant I had to have flowers to photograph. It had always been a dream to have a good macro garden, meaning a garden for macro photography, so I have spent a lot of time and money on that.
Here are a couple of photos.
It isn’t there yet, but it is a great start. I am still trying to work out how to get things to grow, but again, I will get there. I’m always on the lookout for new and interesting flowers that I want to take photos of. I am also putting paving stones through it so I don’t have to step on plants when I’m taking photos.
I have started looking at new gear and what else I can do to get even better flower photos, but you will have to wait to hear more about that.
So this post has all been leading to me saying that I think I want to concentrate more on macro photography. Maybe do it more than the other stuff. Let’s face it, the other stuff never led anywhere, so why not do what I love doing as well?
That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy going out, and I still want to do that, but I think you are going to see far more macro here and I hope you will join me as I get up close and personal.
So to end this very long post, here are some macro images, taken today with my new Fujifilm macro lens.