First attempt with new macro lens
January 10, 2010
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Let it be stated for the record that I have a point-and-shoot camera, a Canon PowerShotSX10. This is a fully serviceable little machine, with lots of bells and whistles and settings etc. But I can’t interchange lenses, nor can I focus manually. These present challenges when I want to photograph the very tiny or the very far away.
My beloved DID manage to find me an add-on macro lens, however, that was compatible with my Canon: a raynox super macro conversion lens (DCR-250). It comes with an adaptor that allows me to clip the macro over my existing lens with a simple spring mechanism.
I was fiddling with the lens today for the first time. I was using only the ambient light (a grey winter day, indoors) – I really need to get a flash – and was aided by an Optex T120 Minipro Tripod; it’s about 8 inches high.
My subjects: some of my latest additions to my collection; a bunch of critters I found, forgotten, in the back of the freezer. Some were 3 years old. They sat in a relaxing jar for several days and I’m quite pleased at how flexible I was able to get them. They’re not as perfectly posed as I usually like, but considering how long they’d been on ice, I’ll take what I can get. So here you go; please do tell me if I’ve identified anything incorrectly!
Saperda imitans (Cerambycidae) (Thanks to Ted MacRae for the ID correction, and letting me know I’ve got a goodie here! I had falsely identified it as Saperda tridentata.)
Megacylene robinae (Cerambycidae)
Dorcus parallelus (Lucanidae)
Arrhenodes minutus (Brentidae)
Calligrapha californica (Chrysomelidae)
Cicindela tranquebaria (Cicindelidae)