We are half way through the month of tease, I mean March. It can give us a glimmer of Spring or full blown Winter. Consequently, I spend a buncha days trying to enjoy rainy/sleety/windy/snowy weather. Like today.
Inclement weather makes me think. It also makes me walk dogs in the slurry of it all. Good thing I don't mind walking in wet or cold stuff. It gives me a contemplative mindset. I spend more time indoors and get a few things taken care of that would otherwise have waited.
Bleh. I try to keep in mind, we really need the moisture.
Things like discovering more about photography. Cue, photography speak.
I have avoided getting into Macro (close-up) photography. Not because I don't like it. It is actually an amazing way to see incredible nuances of nature. To achieve good close-up results, it requires yet another specialty lens and ideally a ring light. I decided early on not to fall into the endless glass trap. Instead, embracing multi purpose and range (aka zoom) lenses.
I really like snowflakes and the uniqueness they offer.
I like watching them, playing in them and even catching them. I have wanted to photograph snowflakes for a long long time. Close-up. My zoomy lenses don't do snowflakes justice. I've tried. So I saved up for a Macro lens and recently researched them.
I found out one needs a different Macro lens (for different photograph ratios) to shoot different kinda stuff up close.
I should have known. I have to decide what I want to shoot, prior to purchase. Easy decision, snowflakes! What if I want to shoot another subject up close, like insects. Nah. Creepy crawlies are not my thing. Flowers? Yes, please. I decided not to purchase any Macro lens. If I fall in love with shooting Macro, then maybe. Don't hold your breath. For dabbling, I settled on a much less expensive option. Extension tubes.
The kind that click onto your lens. Not the cardboard toilet roll kind you duct tape onto your lens. Ohh the things one learns when they hang around other photographers lol.
Can you say "learning curve"!?!
Not sure if I found it difficult because of the extension tubes or because it is Macro. Might be both. In my defense, I didn't get a chance to practice much. That 'ehem requires snow! The flakey pretty stuff. Not the icy pellet good for nothing crap we got most of this season.
I found out how hard it is to isolate ONE single snowflake.
Not just any snowflake. Nope. One must find THE perfect snowflake! When it snows there are SO very many snowflakes dropping at warp speed ~ and ~ they don't listen. Even if you yell and swear at them.
I was reminded when it is snowing, it is almost always windy.
Like sideways windy. I must have looked like an idiot trying to catch a flake, then run for cover. Only to have the snowflake blown away or be joined by all it's flakey friends, during my attempt to whisk one flake safely under cover.
Getting flakey is tough!!
There is a related tripod vs handheld debate. Always. I went the handheld route. I don't need the added frustration of adjusting a tripod over and over.
I do need to try out different focal points, angles and a lot more clicks. I took very few photos during the three above snowfalls.
One flake at a time.