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Tamron Macro Lens

I have a macro lens that is for sale. It is the Tamron 90mm macro for a Nikon Camera. It is for sale for $250. If you live around Melbourne and are interested send me an email.

It is missing the lens cap, but does come with a UV filter.

This image was taken with the lens.


Weekend Wanderings: Red Rocks Near Anglesea

Last weekend I spent the weekend in Jan Juc with Chris from sv-takeiteasy. We went to a few places and she told me about the red rocks near Anglesea. I’ve seen them many times from a distance as they stand out a lot when you are driving there from Aireys Inlet, but I’ve never known how to get there. I was telling Chris about it, she just said, oh red rocks, I know where they are. So off we went.

We had a lot of fun walking along there. Some spots I’m not sure we should have been, but I will say no more. Neither of us brought the right lenses. I should have had my macro with me, and she should have had her big lens for the birds. I suspect we will go back, but this time with the right ones.

I took all of these shots with my 24-70mm lens and it did an okay job. It is a nice lens and my favourite really, but like all lenses it has its limitations.

I’m back in Jan Juc this weekend, but I don’t know if we will go back here. There are so many places to explore here. I am just putting the images into a gallery for you now. I hope you have a great weekend planned too.

Weekend Wanderings: Banyule Flats Through a Macro Lens

When I went down to Banyule Flats the other morning I spent a lot of time walking around with the Macro Lens.  I took so many photos and I am going to show them to you today.

I am not going to talk too much today, yesterday was full on.  I spent the day at Healesville Sanctuary, and lunch at a winery, and somewhere else after that, I took over one thousand photos, and I am tired, there will be a post soon on the day however. So I hope you don’t mind if I just leave you with a gallery today.  Stop by say hello.

Tuesday’s Bits and Bobs

This last week has been great, not a lot happening around here, but as we run up into Christmas I’m sure that could change.  December already, and I suppose I should start thinking about Christmas a lot more.

New Macro Lens

Well I was at the grant presentation last week for my grant and got my envelope, so the next day I ordered my new macro lens.  It arrived on Friday and the two of us have been out a couple of times now.  Part of the grant was for a Nikon micro 105mm lens, so that is what I had to get.



The lens arrived in  a lovely gold box, as all Nikon lenses do.  My first impression of it was that it was cold, the metal around the lens was cool to the touch and then it was heavy, it felt good, it was a good weight in my hand.  The next test was to take it out into the garden and see what I could get with it.  There isn’t much left in the garden to photograph now, as we are heading to summer the flowers are disappearing and the plants are conserving what they have for the summer ahead.  Still I found a few things, and was photo bombed by a bee when I was photographing one of the flowers on the raspberry plants I have.  I will include some of those photos in this post.

On Sunday morning my daughter and I went to Bulleen Art and Garden Centre to look at some plants, and of course I took the macro with me and took some photos of the flowers.  It was hard as the sun was out and it was hot.  We’ve had a few


Bulleen Art and Garden

days of heat now and humidity, I don’t like humid days.  I will include some photos from there as well.

Social Snappers

The last two excursions for Social Snappers is on this week, one on Thursday and then another on Sunday.  It is unusual that both are doing the same thing, but we will be this week.  The excursion is into the city and we will be taking photos of the Christmas decorations before and after sunset, which should be great.  I love doing this, but marketing them is proving to be challenging.  I think I am going to have to start thinking of different ways of doing it.  This blog, facebook, and social media



really aren’t doing anything, unfortunately.  Hopefully they will pick up next year.

Teaching Photo Editing

After being asked about Photo Editing in all my classes I’ve decided to try teaching it.  I am going back up to the Mallee in March, on the long weekend, to do more workshops and a big component of those is going to be teaching people about putting their photos on the computer, organising them and then how to do some basic editing.



I love editing, and it is one area that I think I know quite well, so I feel it is something that should do a lot more of.  I would like to offer some classes down here, but I will need to find somewhere to teach them, so I will be looking into that soon.

Facebook and Privacy

It seems Facebook is doing the rounds again about what they can use of your information and such that you put on there.  Everyone is in an uproar, though I have to keep wondering why, as this has all happened before.  Basically if you put your personal information, photos, videos, etc up then you give them a royalty free license to use it as they wish too, however, you still own your images.  Those are the conditions you agree to when you sign up to it. People have been putting notices up, saying they don’t give FB permission to do that, but it is hoax, and there is nothing you can do about it.


Bulleen Art and Garden

I have made the decision to put a massive watermark across any images I post on Facebook, that way if they use the images and try to remove it, then they are tampering with my copyright, which I am fairly certain is illegal.  I also read

Facebook adds, “[t]his IP License ends when you delete your IP content or your account unless your content has been shared with others, and they have not deleted it.”

So I would think if you continued to delete your photos after they have been there for a while then Facebook can no longer use them, that is how I read that.  IP refers to Intellectual Property.  It is something I have been doing, going through and deleting all my old photos, not easy, there are a lot on there, but if it helps to protect my work then I will.

I think that is enough for today, I hope you have a good Tuesday and there is a lot going on in your world right now.


Up for Discussion – Macro: Close and Intimate

For this weeks Up for Discussion I have asked Victor Rakmil to do a post on Macro photography.  Victor does a lot of macro and is quite knowledgeable on how to do this, with and without a macro lens.  I have been known to email him for help when I have been stumped.  So I hope you enjoy Victor’s post on Macro: Close and Intimate.

People are attracted to detail. Photograph a large scene of people and an intimate scene of the same people and while the participants might buy both, they will linger longer over the intimate detail. Street photography and concert photography tend to be focused in on a detailed moment in time.

Macro photography and close-up photography take detail to another level.

Spiders suddenly become interesting.


Flies more terrifying.

Frightening Fly

We see suspense, if not humor;


and we see the cycle of life.

Dragon Flies copy

Sometimes when we see something we have never seen before we have to look at it harder and longer than, for example, a landscape photograph to understand what is up and what is down; it is like a puzzle unfolding. Looking closer teaches us about the world around us.

Stinkbug Nymph with caterpillar

There are those who use macrophotography techniques to document things and others who use the techniques to be creative photographers, tell a story, or create a pleasing image. Either way nothing beats capturing something that can only be seen and shared with our photographic tools.

Macrophotography has its own rules and challenges; every workable result is a victory over narrow depth of field and poor lighting. There is always satisfaction in beating the odds with a pleasing result.

Macrophotography, like astrophotography, underwater photography and other niches requires some additional gear, although not as much as some and has its own learning curve. I would hazard a guess that there are more people shooting macrophotography than stars and fish, simply because of the accessibility. I may be wrong but the growth of interest in macrophotography is increasing not shrinking.

Japanese Beetle

I began macrophotography two and a half years ago with an old macro lens, some extension tubes and a flash with a softbox. Since then I have added a bit more gear, tried a few things but nothing beats my original set up for walking about and chancing on things. I have met a lot of interesting people through macrophotography from scientists to shooters like myself. Macrophotography is great for indoor fun on rainy days as you do not need a lot of room to shoot indoors, but I refuse to take insects inside, kill them or freeze them, I like them alive, natural and in context. But as I noted there are a lot of thing to be photographed up close.

People starting out to do macrophotography have several options. First, a word about what the difference between macro and close-up really is. Some lenses, like wide angles, can focus very close to your subject (inches/centimeters). Longer lenses tend to have a minimal working distance to subject that is significantly larger than with wide-angle lenses; e.g. standing back five feet with a longer lens as opposed to a few inches away with a wide-angle lens.  For some, close focusing with your existing lenses may be all you need. Macro is defined as beginning at the point where you are shooting things the size of your camera’s sensor. So if your sensor is a centimeter or an inch long and your subject is that size and fills your screen you are at 1:1, if you take a detail of that subject and it fills the sensor you may be at 2:1 (2x life) or greater. Few of us with store bought gear will successfully get past 5x life. In fact photographers like me take pictures seldom get to 1:1, we do shoot closer than our lens would permit and we crop.

Garass bug

There are a number of ways to get closer. Most close-up filters tend to degrade image quality. The Raynox 150 and 250 are inexpensive and high quality. The next cheapest way to get close up is to reverse a lens on the front of your camera or onto the front of your existing lenses. This solution may affect autofocus and metering is manual. It is certainly more awkward but many great photographers like this reverse lens technique. You need older lenses where the fstop can be set on the lenses.

The next thing to try and much more popular are extension tubes. These are empty tubes you place between your camera and your lens; the better ones like Kenko maintain control over focus and metering. The tubes come in a package of three 12, 24, and 36mm long. The two shortest are the most useful. You lose the ability to focus at infinity (Your focus range is limited), a bit of light, but you can now focus extremely close. The shorter the lens you use with these tubes, the closer you will have to get to your subject

Macro lenses are expensive but worthwhile and they can be combined with extension tubes. My usual kit is a 105mm and 24mm of tubes. Shorter macro lenses are not practical for me, as I do not like to close to (within millimeters) of the animals I shoot.

Whichever solution you choose, if the subject is not moving use a tripod. In all cases the closer you get, the narrower the depth of field and the more light you need to get a decent shot (somewhere above f11 is the limit before diffraction occurs and image quality suffers) so you may need a flash, and straight flash is very harsh so you will want to diffuse that light. Ring flashes are harder to diffuse than other types of flashes.

Ambush Bugs

Beyond the suggestions above and moving past into significant magnification with bellows and microscopes, we face the danger that our audience will need to be told what they are looking at because most things will look foreign.

If you take one thing away from this post I would like it to be that it’s that what people call macro photography is really close up photography and it maybe possible to step into this with what you already have. The last photograph was taken with a Nikon 70-200 VRII lens at 200mm, ISO 100, 1/250th of second at f5.6 with a D7000 (16megapixels) cropped by about 100%. No flash was used. The Nikon 70-200 has a minimal focus distance of 1.4 meters, about 4.5 feet.

Dragon Fly with Zoom

I hope this brief introduction helps. It’s a wonderful form of the art but as I have said the odds are seldom in our favor and a lot of patience is needed (or at least acceptance that fewer shots than we are used to will work out as planned).

For more on macrophotography you can read my longer explanations at:…er-of-examples/


While my photography goes beyond macro, I will be posting more material on my blog and on my website

I am interested in how others see close-up and macrophotography and what they like to look at and/or photograph.

Here is a gallery for you and I would like to take this opportunity to thank Victor for my being my guest blogger today.

Weekend Wanderings – My Backyard through a Macro

Earlier in the week I mentioned that a very good friend of mine, perhaps the best photography buddy I have ever, had lent me her Canon 600D and 60mm Macro lens.  I have been playing with it on and off this last week, and today I thought I would give you a macro view of my backyard.  Though, some really is my backyard, I also mean in the area I live, so this morning I went out to the park and got some photos of it as well.


LeanneCole-macro-20140530-0011As I was getting into the car I could see that we were going to have a beautiful sunrise and I ummed and ahhed about whether or not I should try and capture it.  In the end I decided that I had the wrong camera, or really, the wrong lens with me, and by the time I got into position it would be gone.  So I decided not to worry about it, but when I got to where I wanted to take photos I decided to try one with the macro lens, and this was the result.

LeanneCole-macro-20140530-0028I think we forget too that a macro can also be used as a normal lens.  This is a little spot I recently discovered and it is one I would like to return to.  My own little waterfall to experiment on.

LeanneCole-macro-20140530-0050I got a bug, at least I think that is what it is.  I don’t really know.  I took the image and didn’t realise that anything was there until I got it on the computer.  I was experimenting with a smaller depth of field.

LeanneCole-macro-20140530-9944I also picked a few flowers from the garden and tried photographing them inside.  It was so hard doing it outside without a tripod.  It good inside, so much better.

LeanneCole-macro-20140530-0005I picked some dandelions as well, sprayed them with water and took some photos.  Then I thought, what would happen if I put them in the freezer and the water froze on them.  Quite a great effect, but I have to warn you, the stalks don’t cope and they go all limp, and fall over.  You have to be quick.   I love dandelions, the little stalk things are like the illustrations they show you of the neurons in our brains.  I wonder if that is why we like that.  Just saying.

I am going to leave it there, and just leave the gallery for you to enjoy.  Some of the images are a bit fuzzy, sorry. I had to use manual focus, and well, my eye sight isn’t as good as it used to be.  Happy clicking this weekend.

Weekend Wanderings – Getting Close to Como house.

Today I took the macro that Nikon Australia has lent me to a National Trust Property in Toorak, Come House.

LC3_3243Part of the reason for going was that the house has lovely gardens and I thought I could do more macro photography there.  There were flowers there, but it’s really the wrong time of the year.  Australia, summer and flowers don’t really go well together. However with Autumn now coming and winter, flowers will start growing again.  That isn’t to say there weren’t any flowers.

LC3_3259There were lots, but just not as many as we would have liked.  It was a lovely day to walk around the gardens, and the house is rather spectacular.

LC3_3301There were lots of views of it and the fountain was really nice.

LC3_3265I took quite a few photos of this from different angles, and I am afraid you will see them in the gallery.

LC3_3263I think the time there was really about taking photos of things as close as I could get to them.  I did take the advice that people had told me to do, and I used a smaller aperture so I could get a larger depth of field.  (for my students reading this I used a bigger number, so more depth of field).

LC3_3308Once we had finished walking around we headed to the coffee shop there, The Stables, and had coffee and cake, in my case, a pastry.  I had to try taking a photo of it.  I don’t normally do this sort of thing, but I think I like food photography, so I might try doing more of it over the next week or two while I have the macro lens.  My friend was horrified that I wanted to do it, but I just had to.  It was also a very nice coffee and the pastry was very good.

It was lovely wandering around with the macro.  I do wish that I didn’t have to get so close and I did have trouble at times.  It is so different to what I am used to.  I think I really want a 105mm, no money at this time.  Oh well, maybe Nikon will give me one, haha, wouldn’t that be nice.  Not likely, but nice idea.

Here is the gallery for you.  Every image in this gallery was taken with the macro. Interesting thing, it is good to realise that the macro can be used as a normal lens as well.