Summer macro shots

I’ve been so very busy lately (hopefully I’ll announce a few things soon!), but I’ve still found time to get out and take some photos. I have a huge backlog of pictures to edit which I’ll get to next, but this month’s theme for the Barrie Photo Club is macro photography. I wanted some new shots edited in time, like this one:

There’s different crops of that one in the gallery below, too. I’m really enjoying my macro set-up, but it can be a real pain to use. The lens is manual-focus only, and on that scale your depth of field is a millimeter or less. Trial and error eventually results in shots like this:

Many of these photos were taken during an outing with the photo club to Milligan’s Pond here in Barrie. We went for the ducks, but I found my best shots were macro shots. It had been raining a little which helped to liven up the shots:

And yes, I found even more spiders.. 🙂 you’ll find them in the gallery below. I’m hoping to get out and take a few more sets like this in the next few months, it was a great way to spend a morning.

The best camera…

The best camera is the one that’s with you. I’m not the first to say this, I’ll give that credit to Chase Jarvis – he has a book with this title that includes only photos taken with the iPhone.

I haven’t found much use for the camera in my iPhone except for occasional snapshots (mostly to send to Desi!), but when I was down taking photos at sunrise recently, I noticed my Canon 5D making such a nice silhouette against the sunrise. Without missing a beat I pulled out my iPhone and took this photo:

I was really happy with the results – even a tiny 3MP camera in my phone can take a great photo in the right place at the right time.

Oh, and a small confession about the sunrise photo in the post below. The ducks in the shot weren’t actually there, that was a little bit of photoshop magic. They were flying over Kempenfelt Bay, just in a different photo (from March 2009!). Thanks to Desi for helping me choose the number of ducks to include as well. 🙂

Kempenfelt Sunrise

Last week, I had the strange urge to wake up around 4am and go down to the lakeshore to grab some photos of a sunrise. I was hoping for some nice morning fog, but I didn;t find that. Instead, around 5:54am, I snapped this photo:

It certainly looks like those rowers have the best seats in the house! I need to go out and experience these sunrises more often… to think that such natural beauty exists in every day, and I am normally asleep until well after it is gone. A few more photos below!