Dandelion flower up close and personal

The humble dandelion is suddenly fascinating under the macro lens – click to embiggen

I recently received my 100mm F2.8L IS USM macro lens from Canon, it has been on order since before Xmas and I have only had a couple of experiments with it.  Turns out that I completely suck at steady hand holding, especially with a surprisingly heavy macro lens on the camera.  So any vaguely sharp shots are more luck than anything else 🙂

Macro has always fascinated me, how a simple every day thing becomes so much more interesting when viewed in up close and personal detail through a macro lens.

Clearly I have a lot of learning to do , how to bring the best in this lens out, good macro techniques and working with a tripod to get sharper shots, so bear with me.  I will post my better shots as I take them so you can see my journey along the way 🙂

I think the curly things are anthers?  Can anyone knowlegeble in botany confirm?


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Mad keen photographer figuring it out as she goes!
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12 Responses to Dandelion flower up close and personal

  1. Elaine says:

    I am saving up my pennies for a macro lens. I love the detail in this pic. I have never looked that closely at a dandelion – who would have thought they looked like that up close!

    • lensaddiction says:

      I know, macro makes the world so amazing because it opens up a world of detail we can’t see with the naked eye. Looking forward to many years of experimenting and having fun, its a gorgeous lens, I was lucky I had a bonus from work so I indulged 🙂

  2. Congrats on the 100L! I’ve been wanting that lens for a while! So even with the IS it’s still hard to get sharp handheld shots?

    • lensaddiction says:

      I find it hard to get sharp handheld shots but I am not spectacularly steady at closeup handheld shots anyway, and the macro just magnifies it.

  3. Beautiful detail. I need to put that lens on my list too. I got the 50mm f1.8 for Christmas and it was hard to adjust at first. Seemed 3 out of 5 shots were blurred. I can’t wait to see more from your macro:-)

    • lensaddiction says:

      Hey Sherri, love the nifty fifty, one of my fave lenses, so versatile and so SMALL 🙂 There will be more macro but I will try not to go overboard and bore you all with it 🙂

  4. Beautiful and full of details.. Would love to see some more click from the same lens.. 🙂

  5. I hope you will post as many macros as you want to share. I am excited to see more of your photos, you do fantastic work.

    • lensaddiction says:

      Thankyou, I appreciate the feedback. There is another macro post in the queue over the next day or so 🙂

  6. Amy B. says:

    A macro is next on my list! I love closeups but my “nifty fifty,” as you call it, can only do so much! (Although I love what it does!)

    • lensaddiction says:

      its called the nifty fifty because it is the cheapest canon lens you can get and is a really good buy and a versatile lens. I like to get out in the garden and play with it (pre macro days)

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